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Young Professionals Programme - Technical Officer (Antimicrobial Resistance)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-19

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The Young Professionals Programme

WHO Headquarters offers opportunities for young professionals from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to engage in WHO’s work and build skills and competence in key public health areas. This is a structured programme which incorporates additional exposure and experience at country level and career support.

Young Professionals will be assigned to regular WHO positions and will be fully immersed in WHO’s technical work. Young Professionals will benefit from career support, networking, mentoring and tailored learning opportunities throughout this period to support them in achieving their personal career goals. To enhance their knowledge and widen their professional network, the YPP may be posted in a different WHO office on short-term learning assignments.

Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria in addition to the minimum requirements of the position will be used to shortlist candidates:

  • To be no older than 35 years on 31 December of the year of application.
  • To be a national of a country eligible for the Programme: List of Eligible Countries.
  • To hold a relevant university degree obtained in your home country or other eligible country.

Exceptions will be considered where no institute of higher education exists offering the degrees required for eligibility to this Programme as per the World Higher Education Database.

Purpose of the Position

The incumbent will work in the Office of the Assistant Director General (AMR) - Antimicrobial Resistance and will support by providing technical support to relevant activities, materials and reports for the Division.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

The mission of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Division is to define, advance, promote and monitor comprehensive policies and strategies that prevent, reduce, and mitigate drug-resistant infections and the overall impact of antimicrobial resistance globally based on the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the 13th Global Programme of Work of WHO and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also provides global direction and strategic leadership for the global response to antimicrobial resistance in coordination with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and other United Nations and international agencies and facilitates the creation of common goal and vision through innovative partnerships, political engagement and promoting multisectoral engagement and synergy across the One Health spectrum in humans, animals, plants, food, feed and the environment. Its main objective is to support the development, implementation, and monitoring of One Health National Action Plans for Member States and facilitate the mainstreaming of effective strategies and actions, including on the prevention and control of infection, antimicrobial stewardship, awareness creation and communication, research and development in their health and development agendas in partnership with FAO, OIE and other key partners.

Organizational context

The incumbent will directly report to and work under the guidance of the Assistant Director-General (ADG). The position is part of the ADG Office and will support other professional staff to achieve the following:

Summary of Assigned Duties

Under the guidance of the ADG, she/he will:

  • Undertake scientific research to assist the ADG to produce relevant white papers on AMR that would lead to improved information to donors and stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the communication strategy of the Division through, but not limited to, the WHO website, social media, and the newsletters.
  • Contribute to the development of communication and advocacy materials and outreach towards the donor community.
  • Assist in establishing, maintaining, and liaising with counterparts in relevant AMR health initiatives and collaborative organizations.
  • Support the ADGO by providing technical input to relevant reports and publications.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations, technical documents and concept notes for technical and coordination meetings/events; WHO briefing seminars and related events.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to think strategically; to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in teams.
  • A strong commitment to international public health; an interest in adapting to varied physical and professional environments; and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.

Education Qualifications


An advanced university degree in business administration, social sciences, public health, health policy, development studies, international relations, or another relevant field. A university degree in a relevant subject must have been obtained in your home country or other eligible country.



At least two years' relevant professional work experience.


Scientific research and publication experience

Use of Language Skills


Intermediate knowledge of English.


Expert knowledge of English. A basic level in another UN language would be an asset.

Other Skills

Computer literacy in standard office applications and research databases.

Additional Information

Candidates may apply to one or more vacancies advertised under the YPP; candidates should ensure they meet the vacancy and programme eligibility criteria.

The selection process may include asynchronous video assessment, technical evaluation and interview.

If your candidature is retained for 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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Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

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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.

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