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Technical Officer

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2021-05-21

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The mission of WHO's UHC/Healthier Populations Division is to contribute to reducing health inequalities and reducing preventable disease and injury caused by environmental, social and economic determinants of health. This is achieved through a coordinated inter-sectoral approach aimed at enabling all people to enjoy better health and well-being, in line with the Organization's 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Within the Division, the Department of Health Promotion works to reduce risks associated with tobacco use, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity, thereby contributing to better population health. WHO achieves this through cross-cutting programmes, which include normative, fiscal and legal measures, enhanced wellbeing, health literacy, a settings approach and community engagement strategies.


1. Support the Unit Head of Enhanced health and Wellbeing, HQ/HEP/HPR/WEL in carrying out the functions and workplan of the unit2. Conduct policy development that optimizes health, equity and wellbeing by advocating for the inclusion of health promotion and health protection approaches through settings and Health in all Policies3. Develop resources to promote and harmonize the implementation of the healthy settings approaches and Health in all Policies within and across WHO;4. Support countries (through WHO regional and country offices) in the implementation of the healthy settings approaches, including healthy cities, health promoting schools, health promoting workplaces5. Establish and strengthen the global networks for cities, schools and workplaces6. Serve as a technical resource to the public on healthy settings in the country(ies), respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information on related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and processes7. Develop and monitor work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities8. Maintain liaison with and coordinate with national counterparts, technical departments at HQ and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) on harmonization of recommendations on policies and strategies related to healthy settings and resolve issues or concerns.9. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced university degree inpublic health, economics, social scienceorfield related to the functions of the position.
Desirable: PhD degree in health, social or political sciences or related field.


Essential: At least seven years of professional experience in public health, health promotion or a health-policy related field, of which at least three years at the international level. Demonstrated success in organizing and managing multisectoral consultations. Proven track record in working in partnership with many sectors. Considerable experience in international relations, particularly in relations with both state and non-state actors. Experience in working with multiple stakeholders.
Desirable: Experience in working with web-based knowledge networks.


Expertise in evidence-based health promotion practice.Knowledge of health promotion practice, particularly in multisectoral actionKnowledge of WHO governance mechanisms and management procedures based on WHO rules.Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multicultural environment.Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategiesExcellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resourcesAbility to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholdersCommitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject areaAbility to write in a clear and concise manner including technical papers and reports for internal and external audiences, as well as briefing notes for consideration by senior management of WHO

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

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 74,913 (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 5138 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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