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Technical Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2020-10-31

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The HWF department's main objectives are to ensure that all people have equitable access to an adequately trained, skilled and supportive health workforce, in order to attain the highest possible level of health. The Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, the report of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and WHO's General Programme of Work represent the main reference frameworks that determine the strategic and operational priorities of the health workforce department. In addition, the WHA resolution 72.3 and the WHO guideline on community health workers outline WHO's policy and technical position on the policy and system support required to optimize community health worker programmes.


- Promote best practices for health workforce interventions in countries taking into consideration the effective integration within the health care delivery system, its health services and existing public health programmes.
- Facilitate the awareness, dissemination, uptake and use tools for improving technical capacity of regions and countries on HRH and relevant institutional structures and collaborators leading to improved management, education and practice performance.
- Develop, disseminate and facilitate the awareness and uptake of technical documents and global policy analyses/ flagship reports, policy briefings and other knowledge products on policy and technical issues related to health workforce development including community health workers policies, HRH governance, policy making, regulation, education, retention and migration.
- Follow-up on dissemination and implementation of recommendations and policy advice of WHO resolutions and technical reports.
- Provide technical input and guidance for capacity building for an effective HRH agenda at global, regional and country levels through the development of appropriate training and management tools, including on nursing and midwifery. - Conducts technical cooperation activities with countries on health workforce issues by promoting a wide awareness and uptake of health workforce policy and normative guidance developed by the department.
- Lead the conceptualization, organization and follow-up of global meetings and events, in collaboration with other relevant offices and departments within WHO, national government counterparts and other relevant stakeholders.
- Liaises with other international agencies, international professional associations, countries and partners in advocacy and resource mobilization activities in support of the work on health workforce development.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first university degree in the health sciences (e.g. public health), international relations or related field.
Desirable: An advanced university degree in the health sciences (e.g. public health), international relations or related field.PhD-level studies in a relevant field.


Essential: A minimum of 5 years of progressive professional experience in public health work, including at national and international levels, with demonstrable focus on knowledge translation and uptake, including experience focusing on human resources for health and community health workers.
Desirable: Progressive professional experience in working on collaborative national and international projects with United Nations agencies and/or international organisations/NGOs.


1. Technical background and knowledge in facilitating knowledge translation and uptake and use of health policy and normative guidance for application at country level.
2. Strong skills in human resources for health, including on community health workers policies.
3. Demonstrated capacity in drafting, producing, disseminating and facilitating the uptake of policy briefings and knowledge synthesis products.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

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 60,962 (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 4547 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: 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: 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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