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Mental Health Specialist

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:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-24

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The Department's mission is to promote mental health, and human rights for all across the lifespan; to prevent harmful use of alcohol and other substances, to prevent mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders; and to reduce the mortality, morbidity and disability for persons with MNS disorders and associated psychosocial, cognitive and intellectual disabilities. Objectives (a) To promote care, recovery and the human rights of people with mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders andassociated disabilities, (b) To increase access to affordable, good quality services and supports for people with MNS disorders and associated disabilities, their families and communities within the context of UHC and across the life-course, (c) To include care for people with MNS disorders and associated disabilities in emergency responses for immediate relief and to build back better, (d) To prevent suicide, MNS disorders, harm due to alcohol and other substances, and addictive behaviours, across the life course.


1. Provide technical specialist expertise support and guidance to the work programme in the area of brain health and neurological disorders, specifically focusing on implementation of the global action plan on public health response to dementia.2.Conduct the development of new guidelines, policies and other normative technical products, and provide expertise in in-country activities in the field of dementia.3.Support Member States, relevant WHO Offices and others, as requested, and serve as a technical resource at the counterpart level concerning brain health and neurological disorders including dementia; and respond to Member States' and others' inquiries concerning brain health and neurological disorders policies, guidance, measures, techniques and procedures. 4.Support WHO senior staff in providing leadership in brain health and neurological disorders with Member States, UN agencies and Non-State Actors and support WHO's efforts to advocate for brain health and neurological disorders.5.Promote and conduct the implementation of research in brain health and neurological disorders. 6.Synthesize data on brain health and neurological disorders including their determinants, risk and protective factors, and on treatment and care for neurological disorders, and prepare and disseminate data-based information.7.Maintain liaison with counterparts in technical departments at HQ and in Regional and Country Offices, and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) on the coordination and application of policies and strategies related to brain health and neurological disorders.8.Support, if requested, WHO's response to brain health and neurological disorders in emergencies.9.Conduct and support the monitoring of work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.10.Propose and follow-up on contractual engagements with partners and institutions.11.Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced level university degree and specialization in neurological disorders, public mental health, psychology, psychiatry, mental health or neurology nursing.
Desirable: A doctorate in one of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential: At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing brain health or neurological disorders focusing on care and services, prevention and promotion, epidemiology and research coordination. Experience in coordinating regional and global initiatives in brain health. Experience in developing monitoring systems, data collection and analysis including use of statistical programmes for mental or brain health. Experience in resource management and resource mobilization. Experience at country level in the management of neurological disorders such as dementia with good understanding of country needs, priorities and policies.
Desirable: Experience with WHO or another United Nations agency in managing brain health or neurological disorders or mental health. Experience working in low- or middle-income countries.


Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.Public speaking techniques.Excellent drafting and communication skills.Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the 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
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

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 4951 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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