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Technical Officer (Diagnostics, Medicines & Resistance - DMR)

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
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Pharmacy
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-21

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The strategic objective of the Global Malaria Programme (GMP) is to support Member States to adopt WHO's malaria-related technical recommendations, and to advance implementation of the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 (GTS). The major functions of the department as identified in the 2019 transformation process are: 1) To play a leadership role in malaria, effectively supporting member states and rallying partners to reach Universal Health Coverage and achieve GTS goals and targets; 2) To shape the research agenda and promote the generation of evidence to support global guidance for new tools and strategies to achieve impact; 3) To develop ethical and evidence based global guidance on malaria with effective dissemination to support adoption and implementation by national malaria programmes; and 4) To monitor and respond to global malaria trends and threats. The Diagnostics, Medicines & Resistance (DMR) Unit ensures that the most efficient and quality assured diagnostics and efficacious drugs for treatment and prevention are used for the right indications, that GMP is a step ahead in monitoring and responding to drug resistance and parasite deletions, is engaged in the development of new medicines and new diagnostic tools, and contributes to the development of evidence-based consolidated malaria guidance.


Promote the implementation of norms and standards for the monitoring of antimalarial drug efficacy and resistance including artemisinin partial resistance;-Ensure close collaboration at WHO regional and country levels through the organization of inter-country meetings and informal consultations; --> Provide authoritative advice to countries and partners in working closely with regional and subregional networks for the surveillance of drug efficacy and resistance; Develop training tools to monitor antimalarial drug efficacy; Coordinate and fast-track priority research in the context of antimalarial drug efficacy and resistance in particular development of new/improved tools and strategies for monitoring drug resistance in the context of malaria elimination; Participate in the update of the Threat Maps, analysis of the data and prepare regular reports on the situation of antimalarial drug efficacy and resistance globally; Communicate messages on antimalarial drug efficacy and resistance current status at major meetings; Provide expert advice and technical assistance to drug development partners consistent with the needs of malaria control and elimination, including for purpose of delaying the onset of drug resistance; Convene Expert Group or Evidence Review Group meetings as needed; Participate in steering committees guideline advisory group relevant to antimalarial drug treatment and resistance.



Essential: Master-level degree in epidemiology, tropical medicine, public health or parasitology.
Desirable: Post graduate qualification in related field.


Essential: At least seven years' experience at national and international level in planning and implementing monitoring of antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance and containment of antimalarial drug resistance. Experience in design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and meta-analysis of data on drug efficacy and drug resistance in particular geographical prevalence of molecular markers.
Desirable: Experience in malaria control and elimination in particular at the country level. Country-level experience in WHO with the understanding of its mandate in malaria control and elimination.


Demonstrated knowledge of antimalarial chemotherapy, pharmacokinetic, genetics of malaria parasites, and research methodology. Knowledge of the general principles of public health and of control and elimination of malaria, with emphasis on drug resistance issues and related aspect. Ability to promote consensus and interact in a proactive manner. Ability to work as a member of a team and establish/maintain working relationship in a multicultural environment.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself

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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