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Cross-Cutting Specialist, Noncommunicable Diseases Department

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
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-31

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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 on NCDs. 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.


Identifying gaps, overlaps, opportunities and possibilities among the thematic issues across the entire Department, the position addresses issues of a cross-cutting thematic functionality, drawing on own expertise and that of technical specialists working in the various teams and units.Focus on issues of a cross-cutting nature in the role of a thematic lead and project manager for the areas of responsibility.Serve as lead for and form as required project-limited fluid groups of technical specialists; provide input on performance evaluations of these staff across as regards the cross-cutting topics and projects.Develops and proposes technical delivery strategies for implementation of cross-cutting results, products, initiatives through liaising with Regional and Country counterparts, providing advice in to both ends on strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles.Represent specific thematic (cross-cutting) areas of the Department and or the Director internally and externally when- and where required, serving as the technical reference point among the peer community and within WHO and external interlocutors. Assists the Director in coordinating activities related to standing committees, preparatory process for governing bodies or globally led technical programmes. Manages and monitors the preparatory process leading to the meetings of the WIN/NCD, TEN/NCD, STAG-NCDs, TAG-D, TAG-R and the WHO Global Diabetes Compact Forum and other Partner platforms and develops innovative approaches to scope and modalities, developing new best practices for organizational arrangements. Liaise with national counterparts, donors, development partners (UN and bilateral), and WHO technical departments to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to Communicable Diseases and resolve issues or concerns. Provides advice to the Director on the administration of grants covering a specific programme area with a view to strengthening donor stewardship.Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced level university degree (Masters level or above) in Public Health, Management, Law, Administration or related field.


Essential: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience coordination and/or management of programmatic activities, ideally with or in an International Organization, including experience in the area of health/technical policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.


Mature people skills and the ability to mobilize staff and motivate teams to group on thematic issues.Proven portfolio/project management skills in the area of leading project teams, instilling a results-focused way ofworking.Ability to think and operate`outside-of-the-box`, with a sensitivity to spot gaps, overleaps, opportunities and to formulate approaches addressing these.Technical expertise in at least one of the thematic areas covered by the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases.Skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary health/technical programmes.Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with in- and external partners and stakeholders on behalf or in lieu of the Director.

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 UN 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 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 5150 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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