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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: 2021-05-18

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The objective of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing is to generate and synthesize evidence of effective interventions to promote health and wellbeing and combat excess morbidity and mortality for preventable causes, develop guidelines and normative tools, provide technical assistance to countries and monitor access, quality and coverage of services and interventions to achieve relevant national targets and Sustainable Development Goals. The immediate strategic objective of the position is to support high-burden countries to put in place evidence-based policies and strategies to achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing (MNCAH&A); increase access, quality and coverage of effective MNCAH&A interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents, young adults and older people; and create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.


To identify, in consultation with leading experts from within and outside of WHO, research priorities in the area of integrated management of sick children, including improved management of common childhood illnesses in health facilities and in the community. To lead and promote research on priority areas that affect survival, growth and development in the first decade of a child's life, including noncommunicable conditions. Coordinate the development of guidelines in support of the global child health programming that focuses on health and well-being and provide technical support in their implementation. To use evidence to develop norms and standards in relation to childhood illness, healthy growth and development. To develop strategic approaches and plans for translating research into policy and action. To oversee the development oftools for health system strengthening for improved quality of child health services, including digital solutions. To coordinate thetechnical guidance of experts in complementary areas such as programme management and training. To collaborate closely with member states and partners in seeking a consensus on technical matters and joint action on prevention and care for children's healthy growth and development. To build and maintain close contact with research partners, Member States and associated funding agencies on all matters related to planning, coordination and monitoring of activities in this field. To generate financial or technical support for the activities of the Department.Promotes and coordinates research on effective prevention and management of childhood illness, and health promotion and care for children 1 month - 9 years of age including cost-effectiveness analysis; tracks new research findings, synthesizes evidence and develops guidelines; develops norms and standards on prevention and management of common childhood illness, including emerging noncommunicable conditions in childhood; contributes to assessment of country needs for improved prevention of childhood illness, delivery of quality child health services and building of workforce capacities; and ensures that highest technical standards are consistently reflected in WHO's work in this field.



Essential: An advanced university degree in medicine from a recognized university with postgraduate specialization in pediatrics.
Desirable: An advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in public health, health systems management or health economics.


Essential: A minimum of ten years of experience in management of research and promoting improvement of child survival, health and wellbeing of which at least five years at the international level. Experience designing and implementing studies on the prevention and management of common childhood illnesses, promotion of healthy growth and development, and prevention and management of emerging conditions in childhood, including in developing countries. Experience of publishing in peer reviewed journals. Experience in clinical pediatrics and the development of guidelines in relation to prevention and management of childhood communicable and noncommunicable conditions.
Desirable: Experience in the development of clinical protocols for delivering optimal care for children, and/or design and use of digital solutions for dissemination and uptake of guidelines, norms and standards.


Ability to identify priority issues for effective prevention and management of common causes of childhood morbidity and mortality in children in their first decade of life. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels. Ability to design and manage research projects, develop guidelines, produce documents and reports for dissemination. Ability to present information clearly, both orally and written.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other UN Language.


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 89,837 (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 6161 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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