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Executive Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
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  • Closing Date: 2021-08-08

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.


The incumbent will:

1. Oversee and provide the senior executive level support to the ADG, ensure the timely delivery of outputs, and the preparation of regular communications between the ADGO, Division and its various Departments; liaising on behalf of the ADG with staff at all levels throughout the Division, and with senior-most WHO management on issues of strategic, technical and programmatic relevance;

2. Provide senior level advice and guidance to the Assistant Director General on the technical and programmatic content of the work plan and oversee the technical aspects of the preparation of a coherent annual work plan that will enable the ADG to carry-out his/her mandate effectively;

3. Make recommendations regarding solutions, modifications, improvements and alternative actions in response to existing problems, and proactively advise the ADG on technical programme initiatives to build and maintain a working environment in which staff can best execute their work plans;

4. Provide technical advice, expertise and leadership advice to the development and execution of advocacy efforts that will ensure effective commitment of critical partners at the highest level;

5. Provide project management in respect of activities and priorities of the office of the ADG. Assist with initiatives under his/her responsibility in relation to the implementation and executive management of the office;

6. Manage steps and procedures related to grant management, engaging with stakeholders, interacting with cross-functional teams, in order to ensure alignment and optimum outcomes for effective grant management and performance;

7. Oversee the preparation of data, analysis and background documentation to support agenda items and provide strategic guidance to Senior management to facilitate strategic decision-making on priority projects. Monitor implementation levels, provide qualitative feedback to the ADG and the Directors, and ensure pertinent follow-up actions where required;

8. Represent the ADG in various technical level internal and external across the Three Levels of the Organization, within the UN agencies, Member States, Donors, and other Stakeholders;

9. Ensure the substantive technical preparation and organization of briefings and consultations attended by the ADG;

10. Liaise with technical counterparts of other WHO Divisions in providing technical expertise in their respective areas;

11. Perform all other related duties as assigned.




  • An advanced level university degree in Business Administration, Management, a health technical area (such as public health) or another field related to the tasks of the position.



  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience working with increasing levels of responsibilities in the area of executive support, management or public health programmes, including experience in providing guidance to senior level decision makers.

  • Demonstrated experience at the international level.


  • Experience using Enterprise Resource Planning systems or similar packages.


The duties require an understanding of WHO policies, the UN system and general managerial practices, and knowledge gained through experience in establishing collaborative relationships with a range of staff across the three levels of the organization. The incumbemt is required to have:

- Strong skills and expertise in providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior level decision makers.

- Outstanding managerial, technical and programmatic skills and knowledge and advocacy skills

- Demonstrated managerial skills with a proven capacity to coordinate a wide range of stakeholders, working groups and staff in pursuance of global goals and policy initiatives.

- Experience translating data, reports and recommendations to messages for different target audiences.Excellent knowledge and proven skills in public health, executive support, and administration, specifically as applied to high-level meetings and engagements.

- Effective working relations with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. Personal attributes include integrity, tact, and discretion.

- Ability to anticipate risk/problems and to make proposals to ameliorate these.

- High level of judgement, responsibility and initiative.

WHO Competencies

1. Fostering integration and teamwork.
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
3. Communicating in a credible way.
4. Producing results.
5. Driving the Organization to a Successful Future.
6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment.

Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of other WHO official 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 88,162 (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 5775 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.


  • WHO policy for Fast Track Procedures for Emergencies.
  • 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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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