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Medical Officer

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-17

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The World Health Organization's Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) 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 build national capacity to conduct research; and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. The Department draws on research and global expertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexual and reproductive health and rights. More information about SRH and HRP can be found at Contraception and Fertility Care Unit (CFC) is responsible for research and development, innovation, evidence synthesis, development of guidance and implementation tools, provision of specialized technical support, and dissemination of information on evidence-based practices in contraception and fertility care, including infertility management and treatment of associated conditions.


- Contributes to the SRH programme of work by identifying research priorities and developing and leading research projects as well as related policies and strategies in contraception for both HRP and WHO/SRH, within the context of the Department's comprehensive work in sexual and reproductive health. - Serves as a scientific and technical reference within WHO and among United Nations agencies for matters relating to contraception programme development and implementation.- Provides technical support and advises Member States, UN agencies, other inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies on matters relating to contraception, working in close collaboration with other WHO Headquarters Departments and WHO Regional and Country Offices. - Establishes and manages collaboration with relevant organizations and institutions, including WHOCollaborating Centres in order to achieve the objectives of the Team andDepartment.- Contributes to the development of evidence based clinical and managerial guidelines on contraception.- Assures adequate publication in the scientific literature as well as other forms of dissemination of research results.- Undertakes fundraising activities for increased financial supportfor WHO's work in sexual and reproductive health, especially on familyplanning/contraception.- Carries out other tasks, as required by the Unit Head and Director.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in Medicine, in a field related to sexual and reproductive health, such as obstetrics and gynaecology.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in a health-related field, with a post-graduate qualification in a sexual and reproductive health discipline.Specialization in public health, or epidemiology.


Essential: At least 10 years' experience in sexual and reproductive health, including experience at the international level, in national contraception programme leadership and policy development, and in contraception research and development.


Expert knowledge of contraception services and research and their public health aspects.Strong research, analytical and scientific writing skills, as evidenced by an extensive track record of peer-review publication relating sexual and reproductive health and rights.Fundraising knowledge and skills, as evidenced by previous success in mobilizing resources

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Ensuring the effective use of resources

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 88,162 (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 6575 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.
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