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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: 2021-10-29

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The ACT-Accelerator Executive Hub plays a central coordination function and facilitates synergies across the ACT-A partnership by hosting cross-Pillar coordination meetings (including the weekly/biweekly Principals Group calls and the Facilitation Council co-chairs meetings), developing key strategic joint publications (e.g. strategic plans, budgets), facilitating partnerships (such as with CSOs, the International Chamber of Commerce, G7 and G20) and tracking and reporting on the overall ACT-Accelerator work and financing status. The Hub also hosts weekly resource mobilization and communications calls with ACT-Accelerator partners to coordinate efforts, providing support to individual Pillar/agency outreach. In its role as Secretariat for the Facilitation Council, the Hub supports the regular and intersessional work of the Council Co-Chairs and the convening of the Facilitation Council itself.


  • Coordinate planning and execution of the high-level ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council Working Group meetings, including developing the agenda, overseeing logistics, drafting high-level political statements, organizing speakers & facilitators, preparing briefs and talking points;
  • Manage communications with the Working Group members, including ensuring appropriate protocol when required;
  • Facilitate development of strategic and operational plans and information products on behalf of the WG chairs and co-chairs;
  • Facilitate integration between FC Working Groups and other ACT-A implementation mechanisms, as needed;
  • Ensure technical alignment and coherence across and between the Working Groups, ACT-A Pillars and other ACT-A mechanisms;
  • Facilitate the periodic meetings of the Groups and bodies, including development of agendas, run-of-show documents as well as slide sets and related materials for the subject meetings, and follow up on key outcomes of the meetings;
  • Facilitate strategic and programmatic operations of ACT-A Pillars, through ad hoc engagement with the Pillar co-conveners and WHO Pillar PMOs;
  • Share tasks with Hub Technical and Project Officers as part of agile operation;
  • Prepare Briefing Notes and other information products on ACT-A related topics and issues;
  • Provide cross-cutting support to the Hub Lead, Hub Senior Technical Officer and other ACT-A team members, especially in the development of the deliverables and information products for the ACT-A Principals and DG Special Envoys;
  • Other duties as required



Essential: An advanced level university degree (Master's level or above) in Medicine or public health or another field related to the tasks of the position.


Essential: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in project/portfolio management or partnership development/coordination in the field of public health. Demonstrated experience at the international level. Experience in national pandemic planning and operations.
Desirable: Knowledge and experience of WHO.


Knowledge of national and international COVID-19 pandemic response structures and priorities, and the landscape of relevant agencies and institutions [PMV3]. Effective project management skills, with strong planning and execution to deadlines to effectively carry out the work described. Written and oral communications skills with the ability to apply communication techniques to translate highly technical information into presentations, briefings, reports and funding proposals, consult across partners, and provide credible response to inquiries. Ability to work quickly and willingness to manage delivery of materials under time pressure and short deadlines. Analytical and problem-solving abilities. Protocol, diplomacy and communication skills. Proven ability to use clear, concise language in correspondence as well as including content fitting for the purpose and audiences when preparing written briefs and reports, including keen attention to detail. Strong interpersonal relationship practices, ability to work as a part of a team, and ability to meet and engage with persons of diverse backgrounds in a multicultural environment. Ability to function with a high level of autonomy at work, willingness and ability to take responsibility yet with profound team-spirit. Adaptive, patient, resourceful, resilient and flexible. Skills working with, managing, and/or coordinating diverse groups of actors, including member states and partner agency representatives.

WHO Competencies

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

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 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 5194 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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