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Technical Officer (Tuberculosis)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-05

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The Global TB Programme aims to advance universal access to people centred TB prevention,care and rehabilitation. Specifically, it (1) provides global leadership on TB prevention, care and rehabilitation through the WHO End TB Strategy; (2) develops evidence-based policies, strategies and standards for TB prevention, care and rehabilitation; (3) jointly with the 6 WHO regional offices and country offices, provides technical support to Member States, catalyse change,and build sustainable capacity; (4) monitors the global TB situation, and measure progress in TB prevention, care and financing; (5) shapes the TB research agenda and stimulate the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; and (6) facilitates and engages in partnerships for actionto end TB.


Generic duties: Serve as the technical reference point on TB national strategic planning andprogramme management within the Department, ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively. Propose and contribute to the development and streamlining of new policy, tools and innovations into WHO guidance on TB programme management.Provide advice on strengthening and improving technical capacity on TB programme management with a multisectorial approach. Facilitate knowledge sharing on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work within and beyond the health sector. Support monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of programme deliverables. Liaises with and collaborates with other technical staff in the department as well as other WHO HQ departments, and regional and country offices, in the area of TB programme management to position and ensure streamlining of this technical area of work into global and national policies. Perform all other related duties as assigned.Specifically:Contributeto the development andadoption of WHO guidance and related tools on TB programme management in alignment with the latest WHO policies and approaches to address major challenges to the provision of human rights-based and people centred TB prevention, care and rehabilitation.Coordinate the development and roll-out of training modules on TB programme management for use by national TB programmes and other technical resource persons.Support WHO regional and country offices in efforts to strengthen management capacity for TB programmes, ensuring full implementation and streamlining of all components of the End TB Strategy.Coordinate with relevant technical teams, units, departments and partners to facilitate harmonization and coherence across different components of TB programme management, including but not limited to the following: community engagement, monitoring and evaluation, multisectoral engagement, public-public and public-private partnerships, procurement and supply management, and monitoring and evaluation. Facilitate use of digital tools, technologies and innovations to strengthen TB programme management at all levels. Continuously monitor and evaluate the implementation of the WHO guidance on TB Programme Management to inform updates in line with evolving user needs and experiences.



Essential: An advanced university degree (master level or above) in either medicine or public health with a specialization in infectious diseases


Essential: A minimum of seven years of progressive experience - some exposure gained in an international context - in supporting policy uptake and management of communicable disease programmes or projects, preferably including TB prevention, care and rehabilitation in high TB incidence settings, operating in accordance with the principles recommended by WHO, including experience in the development of health and social protection policies and strategies. Experience in initiating and managing collaborative activities across disease programmes and, with partners, donors, other UN agencies,and other stakeholders in TB prevention, care and rehabilitation.
Desirable: Experience in the use of digital technologies, tools and innovations in public health programmes. Experience in supporting or managing public health programmes at national or subnational levels, including TB national strategic planning and TB epidemiology or programme reviews.


Sound understanding of TB epidemiology and its social determinants reflecting in a track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.Concrete skills in planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of public health/disease control programmes. Knowledge and skills in the area of developing guidelines and derivative products based on the GRADE methodology adopted by WHO.Expertise in the development of evidence-based policies and strategies relevant for the WHO End TB Strategy.A broad knowledge of public health management in different contexts, with excellent communication skills in a multi-cultural environment to work with Regional and Country Office TB Programmes, donors, civil society, other UN agencies and other TB stakeholders. Knowledge of the WHO people centered framework for TB Planning and prioritization and of the use of digital tools and technologies for public health programmes.

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 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.
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  • 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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