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Project Officer

Cairo (Egypt)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage public health threats and health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and health emergencies and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The unit of Infectious Hazards preparedness is responsible for supporting countries for prevention and control of high threat diseases of both epidemic and pandemic potential through development and dissemination of evidence-based policies, tools, norms and standards as well as strategies to control infectious disease hazards. The team of Infectious Hazard preparedness develops strategies, guidance, regional mechanisms and interventions to address high threat pathogens responsible for epidemics or pandemics thereby reducing their impact on affected populations and limiting their international spread. This group deals with known high threat pathogens such as cholera, chikungunya, dengue, influenza, Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF), Zika, yellow fever, Rift valley fever, coronaviruses like the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), meningitis and plague


1. Provide technical support to the overall progamme management, grants management, budget, work planning, including the development, day-to-day operation, monitoring and evaluation of work plans to ensure effective organization and implementation of the PIP Framework supported activities and plans at the Regional and Country Offices.2. Coordinate with technical focal points and other teams in the development, implementation and monitoring of PIP Partnership Contributions (PC) activities at the regional and country office levels ensuring effective planning and reporting of the use of designated funds.3. Support the implementation of advocacy and communication strategy on implementation of the PIP Framework and provide perspective and advice on activities related to the PIP Framework such as improving epidemiological and virological surveillance, influenza disease burden estimation, risk communication etc. as they are consistent with Framework procedures.4. Monitor all regional and country implementation, technical and financial, of PIP PC activities; Regularly monitor technical implementation of activities and progress against indicators, providing recommendations for course corrections as needed. 5. Contribute to the preparation of technical and financial progress reports on implementation of all PIP PC activities in the region and its countries, using pre-defined indicators of success. Ensure timely submission of technical and financial reports to the PIP Secretariat. 6. Develop timely evidence-based reports to the Advisory Group and to the PIP Secretariat.7. Monitor the activities of the team so that activities reflect the administrative and budgetary standards, guidelines, priorities and directions of WHE/IHP and the allocation; underpin compliance with project management principles. 8.Develop flexible and innovative solutions to problems and bottlenecks to support WHO's outbreak and health emergency operations, keeping the supervisor informed. 9. Participate with the PIP Secretariat at international meetings and conferences, when required.



Essential: University degree in social science, social development, administration/Management, health policy/planning, economics or international relations.
Desirable: Training in project management, communicable disease programme management, communication skills or international relations


Essential: A minimum of 5 years' experience in planning for public health and development at national level, including international exposure in developing countries.
Desirable: Experience in WHO or the UN system, particularly WHO rules and regulations related to legal matters, and its role with the United Nations. Experience of collaboration with international organizations and NGOs an advantage. Experience and in-depth understanding of the PIP Framework and International Health Regulations, working knowledge of other important related initiatives or frameworks in health emergencies will be considered as asset.


--> Theoretical and practical knowledge of managing public health programmes, budgetary, financial, practices and the ability to develop improved systems that support these processes. --> Proven experience in management (finances, budgets and staff) and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities.--> Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.--> Capacity to work on cross-sectoral projects.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

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


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 62,120 (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 1817 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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