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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-19

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Project Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)


The objectives of the WHO Global Malaria Programme (GMP) are to\: 1) Address key malaria control and elimination strategic questions; 2) Set, communicate & disseminate evidence-based normative guidance, policy advice and implementation guidance to support country action; 3) Coordinate WHO capacity building & technical support to Member States, jointly with Regions, ISTs and Countries; 4) Help countries develop and implement robust surveillance systems to generate quality data and use those data to achieve greater impact; 5) Keep an independent score of global progress in malaria control and elimination, including drug & insecticide resistance. The Elimination Team supports accelerated efforts towards elimination and attainment of malaria-free status in at least 10 countries by 2020, and the prevention of re-establishment in all malaria-free countries. The Elimination Team is also charged with managing the WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication to advise the Director-General on future scenarios for malaria and the feasibility and cost of eradication.


Key duties of the Programme Officer include\:Provide project support and suggest input to committees of the Elimination Unit, including the Malaria Elimination Certification Panel (MECP) and the Malaria Elimination Oversight Committee (MEOC).Support the review, editing, and production of reports from MECP and MEOC. Support the organization of meetings for MECP and MEOC. Facilitate communication between WHO and committee members, WHO coordinating centers, and observers. Provide project support to the Elimination Unit for STOP-malaria programme. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential\: A first university degree in administration, health sciences, social and biological sciences or related field.


Essential\: Minimum two years' work experience in project management. Demonstrated experience organizing technical meetings and producing meeting reports. Demonstrated experience communicating effectively with scientists and expert technical advisors. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable\: Experience working on malaria elimination.


Ability to effectively communicate technical requirements in agreements for performance of work. Ability to summarize technical topics concisely in English. Ability to work quickly and willingness to deliver products under time pressure and short deadlines and with minimal supervision. Willingness and capacity to take responsibility, ability to juggle many tasks concurrently and prioritize workload in a pressured environment with competing demands and high expectations. Excellent interpersonal skills, including integrity, good judgment, team working and diplomacy. Knowledge of office software applications, and experience in preparing tracking spreadsheets, formatting meeting reports and preparing PowerPoint presentations.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish.


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 47,322 (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 2607 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • 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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