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Technical Lead (Cancer), Management-screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of Noncommunicable Diseases

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • 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.


Set the strategic direction of WHO cancer prevention and control programmes in the context of an integrated approach as per WHA resolution 70.12 (2017), across the continuum of cancer care from early detection to palliative and survivorship. Provide technical leadership and managerial support within the Department ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively. Mobilize the global/regional public health community and coordinate and manage inter-governmental, multisectoral engagements on global and regional partnerships, networks and platforms for cancer prevention and control including the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer and WHO Global Breast Cancer Initiative and support for WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative.Lead and manage the effective and efficient day to day operations of the global governance structures related to cancer control with particular focus on cancer medicine related activities.Manage and coordinate the development of cancer related Technical Products (norms and standards, data and research related technical products) including financial and workplan authority for these, assuming accountability for integrated delivery of work-products ofa cross-cutting nature. Develop and propose technical delivery strategies for implementation, through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices, of cross-cutting results, products, initiatives,including partnerships with other UN Agencies; review and ensure quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions.Lead and communicate best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work. Manage the 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. Assist the Director and the Unit Head in outreach to external partners including (inter alia) vulnerable communities and Member States and to promote linkages with governments and key partners, enhance political commitment and garner support towards advancing the Department's priority agenda.Liaise with and utilize partnerships in other UN Agencies, donors, non state actors, research institutions and people living with and affected by cancer to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.Represent the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for cancer control. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced level university degree (Master's level or above) in cancer-related field, related to the functions of the position such as clinical, surgical or radiation oncology or cancer epidemiology.
Desirable: Post-graduate, specialized training in cancer management.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of cancer, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies. Within this experience, a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in coordinating and engaging with multi-stakeholder partners including UN agencies, governments, civil society and private sector. Demonstrated experience at the international level. Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. A minimum of 20 publications in cancer control in peer reviewed publications.
Desirable: Experience in project design and management at national or international level. Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners; experience working in relevant non-governmental organizations.


Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes including (inter alia) the implementation of cancer programmes, at global, regional and country level. Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies. Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources with strong project management skills instilling a results-focused way of working. Good skills in mobilizing resources. Abilityto lead and manage a team effectively.Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area. Excellent skills and ability in strategic and innovative thinking, with a sensitivity to spot gaps,overleaps, opportunities and to formulate approaches addressing these.Good knowledge of the operations of WHO and understanding of the principal stakeholders including those in UN system and the international development partners.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
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.


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 6176 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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