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Technical Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
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  • Closing Date: 2021-08-05

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The Health Security Preparedness (HSP) department supports Member States in enhancing national preparedness across the IHR core capacities to manage all-hazard risks and emergencies, and to build multisectoral approaches for health security. It ensures that WHO supports Member States to build sustainable preparedness capacities and scale up the implementation of the IHR (2005), and support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other related global and regional frameworks. The department also establishes strategic links to, and supports the advancement of global initiatives such as GPMB, GHSA, EU ACP, Health and Security Alliance, Foreign Affairs for Global Health initiative and the UN System Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. HSP works with partners and the broader global heath security community to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in all countries are protected from the impact of health emergencies.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:

  • Working with key players in WHE, WHO and partners, manage the pre-strategic and operational direction for all aspects of simulation exercises, as part of the IHR monitoring and evaluation framework.

  • In collaboration with partners, lead the development tools, materials, guidance and training for simulation exercises.

  • Follow up and consolidate country needs with regards to simulation exercises, providing guidance and support to the updates of country plans and budget following simulation exercises.

  • Develop and disseminate related documents.

  • Analyze results from national simulation exercises and develop key lessons for distribution through strategic Partnership portal as well as to inform capacity building of the IHR.

  • Maintain and expand a trained network of professionals to support the implementation of exercises.

  • Document achievements and lessons learnt on the implementation of simulation exercises, advocate for, and link simulation exercises to relevant WHO and interagency processes.

  • Play a key role in the development of WHO`s simulation exercises across all levels of the organization including WHO Country Offices, Regional offices, Headquarters and partners, including inter agency exercises.

  • Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping.




  • Advanced university degree in health, social sciences, humanitarian action, public administration or related field.


  • Certification or specialization in outbreaks emergencies, emergency management or crisis management.



  • At least seven years' experience in emergency preparedness and response, project management, and information management in response operations, of which three years exposure at the international level.

  • At least two years of experience in conducting public health simulation exercises.


  • Experience in working in response operations in a field location (regional or country office) within the humanitarian domain (UN/NGO & inter-agency partners).

  • Experience of work in the area of risk assessment, planning, and lessons learned/after action reviews would be an added value.


- Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of outbreak response and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.

- Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and manage several projects at same time.

- Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual information.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of French.

  • Intermediate knowledge of WHO Language.


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 5219 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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