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Technical Officer (Global NCD Platform)

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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The overall objective of the Global NCD Platform (GNP) is to coordinate the United Nations system and mobilize non-State actors to unlock their transformative potential to complement and enhance WHO's work in supporting governments to develop whole-of-government and whole-of-society responses to address Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) - related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, the GNP works to accelerate multisectoral and multi-stakeholder action at both global and national levels in accordance with the overall strategic directions and priorities of WHO's work on SDG target 3.4 and other NCD-related SDGs. The purpose is to maximize the number of countries that will be able to reach SDG 3.4 by 2030, taking into account the commitments included in the UNGA Political Declarations on NCDs from 2011, 2014 and 2018. The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the prevention and control of Noncommunicable Diseases (GCM/NCD) facilitates and enhances the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels, while avoiding duplication of efforts, using resources in an efficient and results-orientated way, and safeguarding WHO and public health from any undue influence by any form of real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest. Its objective is to enable, empower and enhance meaningful and effective multisectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration at all levels to advance coherent and sustained actions towards the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan GAP 2013-2030, and achievement of SDG 3.4 and other high-level political commitments relevant to NCDs and mental health, aligned with WHO's 13th General Programme of Work.


  1. Support the sustained enhancement, management and monitoring and evaluation of the WHO Knowledge Action Portal on NCDs (KAP), including the stocktaking, co-creation and dissemination of knowledge, information and innovative solutions based on scientific evidence and/or best practices in collaboration with and support to WHO technical programmes and GCM Participants. This duty includes the clearance of documents and knowledge in the public repository with WHO technical colleagues and through the WHO ePub system, conducting global, regional and national knowledge-sharing and capacity-building webinars, implementing the KAP dissemination and engagement strategy, and supporting WHO NCD-related technical departments and units establish thematic Communities of Practice on the KAP. This duty will always align to and maintain WHO safeguards to guarantee the quality of knowledge gathered, free from any real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest.
  2. Support the development and application of the GCM/NCD's multi-stakeholder Engagement Strategy with GCM Participants and identification of meaningful contributions and commitments in support of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2030 in the context of the SDGs, including through active outreach and engagement to GCM/NCD Participants through a range of communication channels, capacity-building activities, resource mobilization, formalizing of commitments with GCM/NCD Participants, development and management of the Pre-Registration form within the KAP, and support for the GCM/NCD's engagement of non-State actors in communications efforts leading up to the fourth High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2025.
  3. Support the development of a medium and long-term initiative and work plan on the meaningful inclusion of People Living with NCDs, including hosting global, regional and NCD-specific consultations on People Living with NCDs, identifying future strategic activities for meaningful engagement, and aligning to relevant activities and a workplan for 2021.
  4. Support the design, implementation, promotion and maintenance of strategic GCM multi-stakeholder participatory methodologies and initiatives at global, regional and country levels, including the NCD Labs and NCD Sprints.
  5. Support development, coordination and implementation of the WHO Toolkit for behavioral change communication campaigns on NCDs risk factors for children and adolescents, including the design of the final product.
  6. Support, where necessary and relevant, the launch, communications, consultations and dissemination of the WHO Global Public Health Goods, currently under development.
  7. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first University degree in the public health, behavioural science, international relations, life sciences, social sciences, communications or related field.
Desirable: An advanced level university degree (Master's degree or above) in one of the essential educational qualifications or a postgraduate qualification in innovation, communications or digital and web platforms.


Essential: At least five years of experience managing public health projects including 2 years working at international level. Experience in developing and managing websites and other digital and knowledge collaboration tools. Experience in developing traditional and digital communications strategies and tools. Experience working with a variety of stakeholders involved in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.
Desirable: Experience in the exchange and creation of evidence-based knowledge to affect change. Experience transforming tacit to explicit knowledge through knowledge sharing and synthesis. Experience in due diligence, risk assessment and the management of conflicts of interest. Experience working with WHO, preferable in an area related to noncommunicable diseases.


Excellent written and spoken communications skills. Knowledge of working in or with multilateral organizations, preferably WHO. Knowledge working in the noncommunicable disease political landscape, with a special focus on the need for multisectoral and multi-stakeholder responses. Strong analytical and research skills. Knowledge of online platforms designed for knowledge networking and collaborative learning. Ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships. Ability to think strategically about the engagement of key stakeholders in the exchange and creation of evidence-based knowledge related to the prevention and control of NCDs. Ability to work effectively as part of a small, dynamic and fast-paced team, and independently maintain organization to meet deadlines.

WHO Competencies

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

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 62,120 (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 4260 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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