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Technical Officer (Science Council Secretariat)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Anywhere
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-28

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The purpose of this position is to support the Secretariat of the WHO Science Council. The Science Council acts as the voice of scientific leadership directly advising WHO Director General about high-priority scientific issues, and advances in science and technology that could directly impact global health. The Secretariat supports the Science Council in the preparation of meeting agendas, preparation of background documents, liaison with Council members and other support as required. The secretariat of the Science Council is ensured by the Unit of Emerging Technologies, Research Prioritization and Support of the Research for Health department. The function of Executive Secretary is ensured by the Unit Head.


  • Support the WHO Science Council, acting as Secretariat member, ensuring that all activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • Manage the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of deliverables.
  • Serve as the reference among the peer community, UN agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Liaise and utilize partnerships in other UN agencies, Donor or research institutions to position the work of the Science Council and link to technical departments and Global and/or National policies.
  • Lead within the Unit on the coordination and support for the work of the Science Council, to ensure smooth and efficient running of its operations.
  • Research and prepare relevant background documents and liaise appropriately with relevant technical departments depending on the areas of work.
  • Support the development of Science Council reports and recommendations and ensure the finalization of the documents (formatting, bibliography, etc).
  • Perform project management duties to ensure milestones are met, and monitor and evaluate the implementation of the activities.
  • In liaison with other Secretariat members, liaise with Science Council members to support their work and contribution to the Council.
  • Record learnings from the implementation of the Science Council, and work to integrate in a sustainable and efficient way those learnings.
  • Under the guidance of the Unit Head, coordinate interactions between the Research for Health department and the other relevant departments within the Organization, and the external partners.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: an advanced level university degree (Masters level or above) in health sciences, or related field.

Desirable: a postgraduate level qualification in biomedical scientific research.


Essential: a minimum of seven years experience working in scientific research capacity or coordination role in health sciences. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Experience working in an international organization.

Use of language skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


Specific skills required: Scientific knowledge and understanding of global health. Strong skills in writing and drafting policy and reports in various scientific or research related topics. Excellent skills in project management with a sound understanding of work planning and management of financial resources. Strong people skills and ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including experts, Donor institutions, Civil Society and other stakeholders. Strong presentation skills. Strong computer skills in office applications including excel, PowerPoint, and word.


The salary is made up of two components: daily net base salary, which is linked to the grade and step 1, and a variable post adjustment that reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station (and which is subject to fluctuations on a monthly or mid-monthly basis).


Another 60 days contract may be offered subject to funding, continued need of functions and performance.

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.

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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.

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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