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Technical Officer (AMR)

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-17

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The mission of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Division is to define, advance, promote and monitor comprehensive policies and strategies that prevent, reduce, and mitigate drug-resistant infections and the overall impact of antimicrobial resistance globally based on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the 13th Global Programme of Work of WHO and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also provides global direction and strategic leadership for the global response to antimicrobial resistance in coordination with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and other United Nations and international agencies, and facilitates the creation of common goal and vision through innovative partnerships, political engagement and promoting multisectoral engagement and synergy across the One Health spectrum in humans, animals, plants, food, feed, and the environment. Its main objective is to support the development, implementation, and monitoring of One Health National Action Plans for the Member States and facilitate the mainstreaming of effective strategies and actions, including on the prevention and control of infection, antimicrobial stewardship, awareness creation, and communication, research and development in their health and development agendas in partnership with FAO, OIE, and other key partners.

The Department of AMR Surveillance, Prevention and Control leads the implementation efforts of National Action Plans on AMR as the backbone to achieving the five objectives of the Global Action Plan on AMR; reinforces strategic country-level capacity to mitigate the spread of AMR in health facilities and communities; coordinates global surveillance and consumption monitoring efforts across the human-animal interface to support the One Health response to antimicrobial resistance; monitors and reports on national and global progress towards achievement of the GAP, the triple billion targets of WHO's 13th Global Programme of Work and the Sustainable Development Goals. National Action Plans/Monitoring and Evaluation Unit:

The Unit helps WHO Member States develop, implement, and monitor their multisectoral national action plans on AMR and monitor and report global progress in achieving the five strategic objectives of the Global Action Plan on AMR.

- The M&E Team provides guidance to countries on monitoring the implementation of their multisectoral national action plans, tracks national-level progress by administering and publishing the results of the annual Tripartite AMR Country Self-Assessment Survey (TrACSS), tracks global progress by collecting and reporting on AMR indicators from the Tripartite Global M&E Framework, GPW13, and SDG 3.d.2, coordinates and publishes data in an AMR data portal within the Global Health Observatory.

- The National Action Plans (NAPs) Team advances progress in the implementation of national AMR plans by coordinating with WHO HQ technical teams and AMR teams in WHO Regional Offices, supporting progress by providing targeted in-country technical assistance, building the evidence base through sharing information, lessons learned, and best practices; and leading, advocating and communicating to advance complementary programming further.


1. Analyse and conduct research on the implementation of national action plans on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to contribute to the development of AMR training and monitoring programmes and activities.

2. Participate in drafting public health training guidelines and propose input on a plan of action for effective delivery of existing AMR public health policies.

3. Assist in monitoring work plans and budgets, including resource mobilization for the work programme, and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.

4. Analyze information on best practices in Public Health and health systems and report findings to the Responsible Officer. Participate in capacity building in the area of Public health systems and the management and financing of these systems.

5. Participate in community outreach activities concerning the extension of healthcare networks.

6. Contribute to drafting of public health reports and act as a focal point for remote training and support for tools dealing with AMR national action plan implementation.

7. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Specific Duties:

1. Support the development and management of e-learning modules related to national action plan development, implementation, and monitoring

.2. Support the delivery of remote support, including training, maintaining online Help-desk functions, and supporting the organization of the WHO CC network and roster of experts.

3. Maintain updated databases and guidance/tools, including the implementation handbook and national action plan library.



Essential: A first level university degree in health (medicine or public health).
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above in health (medicine or public health).


Essential: At least two years of professional experience working on public health activities. Experience in conducting analysis and research on public health topics. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: First-hand working experience at the country, regional or headquarter level.Additional training in online content management.Additional training in remote learning techniques.


  • Knowledge of public health topics and health systems development and management with a good understanding of the relevant countries' needs, priorities, and policies, and WHO policies, practices, guidelines, and procedures in the related areas, and ability to apply them in the country office setting.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze results, identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations for strengthening health care systems.
  • Ability to draft policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.Excellent knowledge of healthcare systems and safety regulations.
  • Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of antimicrobial resistance.Public speaking techniques.
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of managing online content and information databasesCommitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
  • Team spirit and time management skills.

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. Intermediate knowledge of 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 48,805 (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 3225 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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