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Technical Officer

London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2021-08-02

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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 Social Determinants of Health leads WHO efforts on addressing the social, physical and economic conditions that impact upon health, by compiling and disseminating evidence on what works to address these determinants, building capacity and advocating for more action. The Department supports Member States and other partners to address violence and unintentional injuries, foster healthy ageing and improve equity and well-being. This will be facilitated through cross-cutting initiatives on improving urban health, addressing economic determinants, and developing strategic frameworks and evidence-based policies.The Ambassador team supports WHO's efforts to tackle NCDs and injuries, with a particular focus on: 1) Raising awareness of the health challenges of NCDs and injuries with policy-makers and the public; 2) Mobilizing cities to prevent NCDs and injuries by using evidence-informed policies; 3) Articulating and highlighting the availability and success of affordable solutions for NCDs and injuries; and 4) Making the business case to invest in NCDs and injuries 5) Educating policy - makers and the public on the close connection between NCDs and COVID-19.


General duties1. Support the Project Officer in managing and reporting on projects associated with the Global Ambassador portfolio;2.Conduct administrative and technical support, including monitoring project finances and tracking implementation of the workplan to ensure objectives are met;3. Coordinate interactions and reporting to the donor agency (Bloomberg Philanthropies);4. Prepare written materials, updates and presentations on the Ambassador work to internal andexternal stakeholders;5. Perform all other related duties relating to the Ambassador projects as required.Specific duties1. Develop reports, articles and thought pieces linked to the Partnership forHealthy Cities, and look for opportunities to develop additional research or communicationproducts;2. Support the coordination and implementation of activities linked to the Partnership for Healthy Cities, including technical trainings for city focal points, and promote alignment with other WHO urban health projects;3. Carry out day-to-day project management for Ambassador projects at WHO, including interactions with the donor and partner organizations;4. Prepare and provide high-quality project reporting for internal and external use.



Essential: First level university degree in Public Health, International Development, Languages, Social Sciences, or another field relevant to the position
Desirable: Advanced University degree in International Development, Public Health or another related field


Essential: Minimum of 5 years' experience working in NCDs, public policy, international organizations, project management, and/or research writing. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Experience working with subnational or city-level health policy and programs would be an asset.


Excellent skills in drafting & communications, with demonstrable experience in written outputs and policy analysis; ability to identify key issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations; interpersonal skills; tact and diplomacy; partnership and collaboration; team spirit; ability to work independently.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results

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 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 3660 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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