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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-15

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Technical Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Department of Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) supports countries in prevention and control of high threat diseases of pandemic and epidemic potential through forecasting, characterization of diseases /infectious risks and development of evidence-based strategies to manage infectious hazards. The Unit of High Threat Pathogens (PAT) develops strategies, guidance, global mechanisms and interventions to address high threat pathogens responsible for epidemics or pandemics thereby reducing their impact on affected populations and limiting their international spread. This group deals with known high threat pathogens such as influenza, Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF), Zika, chikungunya, cholera, yellow fever, coronaviruses like the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), meningitis and plague


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the Following responsibilities\:

1. Provide technical expertise in support of the Zika Task Force and the development of the WHO integrated arbovirus initiative on emerging arboviral diseases.

2. Develop a global network with Regional Offices for the surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of emerging arboviral diseases (Zika, chikungunya).

3. Monitor transmission and severity of emerging arbovirus epidemics and provide technical support to countries regarding the surveillance, monitoring, prevention, and management of emerging arboviral diseases directly or through technical partners.

4. Provide leadership, coordination, and technical inputs to the design of relevant guidelines and response protocols and training materials for Zika, chikungunya, and other emerging arboviral disease surveillance, prevention, laboratory diagnosis, clinical management, and control for epidemic, endemic, and imported transmission.

5. Provide technical expert advice in the development of strategies and partnerships for the prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging arboviral diseases, including outbreak preparedness and response .

6. Participate in the development of global research agendas with relevant partners, development of advocacy material and risk communication tools with relevant WHO groups and partners.

7. Support the technical activities of the Zika Task Force and integrated arbovirus initiative including (but not limited to) country risk assessment, surveillance and control efforts, clinical management, laboratory testing and capacity-building, and vector surveillance and control.

8. Advance opportunities to support multi-disciplinary, cross cutting approaches to work and facilitate participation in such approaches.

9. Ensure development and dissemination of up-to-date, evidence-based information and guidance, including literature reviews, epidemiologic summaries, update of guidance materials, and maintaining dissemination of information via the WHO website.

10. Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping duties as assigned.



Essential\: Advanced university degree in public health or epidemiology.
Desirable\: PhD in public health or related field.


Essential\: At least 7 years of experience in arbovirus disease epidemiology, public health, prevention, research, program evaluation, and/or control programs at national, regional and/or international levels. Experience in surveillance, public health research or programs, and/or outbreak control activities in developing countries. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable\: Previous experience in arboviral diseases.Experience in laboratory systems. Experience in working in WHO or UN agencies.


- Good knowledge of epidemiology of communicable and epidemic prone diseases.

- Good knowledge of disease surveillance systems, understanding of field outbreak response operations.

- Good communication and negotiating skills.

- Ability to establish and maintain effective workingrelationships.

- Ability to work with competing priorities, tight deadlines and under pressure.

WHO Competencies

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Setting an example
5. Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of WHO official language.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4345 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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