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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-30

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Technical Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)


The World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying research priorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights; for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; for collaborating with countries to strengthen national capacity to conduct research; and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. The Department leads WHO's work on violence against women. It draws on research and global expertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including on gender-based violence. For more information, see http\://'s Health Emergency programme works on building country capacity for emergency preparedness, implementation of International Health Regulations, and responding to humanitarian and health emergencies around the world. The programme works in close collaboration with technical departments within WHO and partners to ensure the most up-to-date, effective, and relevant health standards are applied to ensure appropriate response to different types of emergencies. Within this frame, the programme is committed to ensure gender-based violence (GBV) issues are appropriately addressed and responded to in the emergency context. The Global Health Cluster is also hosted within this programme, further facilitating the interaction with partners through the cluster mechanism to implement relevant health strategies in emergencies.


1.Lead the integration of knowledge on prevention and responses to GBV in emergencies in existing health in emergency initiatives and newly developed emergency guidelines, such as the WHO Handbook on Public Health in Emergencies that is currently under development and the second edition of the Health Cluster Guide also currently under development.

2. Build capacity on GBV of WHO health officers and partners in emergencies through active dissemination of existing interagency and WHO guidelines and other online learning tools and through organizing and delivering trainings at national and regional level.

3. Coordinate and ensure the updating of relevant guidelines and training materials on GBV and health in emergencies.

4. Liaise with and represent WHO in relevant interagency processes and initiatives including the GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR), Call to Action, and UN Action against sexual violence in conflict (UNA).

5. Provide technical support to regional offices and countries on GBV in emergencies.

6. Produce quarterly reports on activities and other activities as required.



Essential\: Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields\: public health, women's or gender and development studies, social sciences; or first health science degree with advanced degree (at least at master level) in a related field.
Desirable\: Training in public health, epidemiology or social sciences


Essential\: At least 7 years' work experience in violence against women/gender-based violence, with at least 3 of these in emergencies. At least five years of field experience, ideally in a range of settings. Some experience in public health is required.
Desirable\: Experience in training on GBV. Experience with UN organizations or agencies, or non-governmental organizations providing technical assistance and support to humanitarian settings.


Extensive knowledge of violence against women/gender-based violence in emergencies, with proven knowledge of health aspects of gender-based violence and a good understanding of the humanitarian organizational structure. Demonstrated capacity to work in challenging circumstances, administer projects and build partnerships involving technical and political elements. Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural settings and excellent inter-personal skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

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


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 72,637 (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 4001 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.
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