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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-26

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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 & 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.


The incumbent will carry out the following tasks\:

1.Donor and Partners Relations Support\:

- Support advocacy, communicationfor the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) in line with related global health efforts Support.

- Map cholera relevant programs and priorities among target donors to identify resourcing opportunities.

- Prepare progress and final reports to donors.

- Map potential advocacy partners (including GTFCC declaration signatories) incorporated into advocacy, communication, andproject proposal.

- Contribute to the elaboration of concept notesand budgets.

2. Country Support\:

- In coordination with partners, WHO Regional Offices and Country Offices, support operationalization of National Cholera Control Plans and the GTFCC's Ending Cholera Roadmap at country level.

- Monitor country-based implementation modalities for priority countries to identify ways to sustain national sources of funding consistent with GTFCC Roadmap.

- Provide administrative support to the implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation of OCV campaigns.

3. Coordination Support\:

- Manage the Operational Support Costs (OCS) tracking system, ensuring that OCS is properly budgeted, disbursed, and tracked.

- Support partners coordination at the GTFCC Secretariat.

- Provide support to the organization of GTFCC meetings.

4. Perform all other duties as assigned



Essential\: A first university degree in management, international relations, or a relevant field.
Desirable\: Advanced University Degree in Public Health (Master's or higher).


Essential\: At least two years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in health operations or a related field, with proven experience in managing projects in the context of developing countries.
Desirable\: Related experience in development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO and/or UN agencies.Experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.


1. Demonstrated skills in project management, donors report writing and budget creation.

2. Excellent organizational and analytical skills combined with ability to multi-task and produce accurate results under pressure.

3. Ability to write and synthesize information in a clear and concise manner.

4. Excellent interpersonal skills, including respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

WHO Competencies

1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Producing results
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of WHO 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 46,472 (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 2831 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.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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