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Technical Lead (Disability), SDR Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation UCN/NCD

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Disability Rights
    • Managerial positions
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-20

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The department of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) is responsible for global leadership, coordination, guidance and technical support to reduce premature mortality and morbidity from NCDs, burden of sensory impairments and oral health through prevention and integrated service delivery, treatment, surveillance, rehabilitation, monitoring and research. The Department also lead WHO's work on disability. The department provides overall coordination and brings together the work on NCD prevention, control and rehabilitation from across the departments and from the three levels of the organization. It coordinates reports to the WHO and UN governing bodies and is the main interlocutor onNCDs. The department assist and support regions and countries in their efforts to provide a country-centered, concerted and coordinated action to strengthen health systems to respond to NCDs, oral diseases and sensory impairment. The department also ensure linkages between primary and secondary prevention using technical packages and harnessing innovation and use of technology including Be Healthy Be Mobile.


Provide technical leadership in the area of disability ensuring that the activities are carried out efficiently and effectively.Develop and coordinate implementation of evidence-based technical materials on disability, including the integration of disability within key programmes of WHO and across all three levels of the organization.Serve as counterpart in issues related to disability to Regional and Country Offices, and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) and key civil society organizations on development and implementation of policies and strategies related to disability.Coordinate, plan and lead the implementation of the WHO activities on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Coordinate the development and the implementation of evidence-based technical tools to support Member States to develop disability inclusive health systems, including in response to health emergencies.Oversee the development of training materials for capacity building in disability inclusion according to the needs of Member States.Lead and coordinate the implementation of the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) and the request of the upcoming WHA resolution on ‘The highest attainable standard of health for persons withdisabilities'.Lead and coordinate research and compile and evaluate a variety of data and information related to disability inclusive health systems.Oversee the development and monitoring of work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the implementation of WHO's work on disability.Serve as technical lead to disability inclusion; respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures.Exchange information with counterparts in technical departments at HQ, Regional and Country Offices, and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) on implementation of policies and strategies related todisability activities.Develop collaboration plans with partners, review periodically those plans and ensure quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements and make recommendations regarding WHO's engagement.Responsible for the review and quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions and make recommendations regarding WHO's support.Prepare and deliver oral presentations; compile, prepare and distribute related informational materials.Monitor the technical content and materials appropriate for the WHO website.Foster networks and provide technical support for regional office and country office staff responsible for disability inclusion.Represent WHO at various meetings.Perform all other duties as may be assigned.



Essential: Advanced level university degree (Master's level or above) in Law AND undergraduate degree in health sciences.
Desirable: PhD in public health or related field.


Essential: At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in policy development and programme management in the field of disability inclusion at international level. Within this experience demonstrated professional experience working at the country and/or regional level providing technical support to government partners as well as developing strategies and programmes for disability inclusion.Experience in managing diverse teams.
Desirable: Experience within the UN system and provision of guidance related to health system development an advantage.


In-depth knowledge and expertise of country situations with regard to disability with a good understanding of relevant country's needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas.Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned programme and activities.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.Excellent knowledge of Health and safety regulations and of the technical aspects of disability.Excellent Public speaking skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: 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 89,837 (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 6229 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 prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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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