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Technical Officer (Gender, Equity and Human Rights)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Human Rights
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-03

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WHO is committed to be a best-in-class organization in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion. The DEI initiative is a high-level initiative and strategic priority of the Director-General and brings together under one over-arching umbrella several ongoing DEI activities and projects. The DEI initiative was commissioned by the Director-General to find ways to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at WHO. Leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion will help WHO to: build a more respectful working environment; live the Transformation in a way that speaks to our core values, our DNA, and the Values Charter; and be recognized as a world leader in public health that puts people at the center of what it does and how it works. The immediate strategic objectives of the DEI initiative include: 1. To develop the first WHO's DEI Strategy that fully engages the workforce and that would yield a roadmap for the whole organization. 2. To provide a strategic and operational framework in which DEI-related learning and activities can evolve. 3. To empower the workforce and creation of a speak up culture in WHO that encourages diversity, fosters an inclusive and a supportive workplace through peer engagement and education, that is aligned with WHO values.


  1. Liaise and coordinate with internal and external partners the implementation of activities and priorities related to various DEI activities ensuring timely and efficient planning.
  2. Contribute to the development and monitor the implementation of work plan activities ensuring objectives and priorities are met and on track.
  3. Support the establishment of a global Advisory Group with representation from the 3 levels of the organization with capacity-building on integrating diversity, equity and inclusion built into the process.
  4. Support the development ofa DEI communication plan in collaboration with internal partners led by DCO and in consultation with DEI external experts.
  5. Contribute to the implementation of the internal branding, design communication products for internal communications channels, ensuring that content is accurate, accessible, engaging and informative; plan and oversee logistics of events.
  6. Develop and maintain the DEI intranet website and internal DEI workplace ensuring that content is refreshed regularly, the platforms are functional and accessible to the workforce at the 3 levels and effectively used to promote engagement and retain interest.
  7. Review and provide input to relevant DEI documents and coordinate translations and dissemination.
  8. Support the strategic and high-level briefings on DEI for the DG, RDs, ExM and DEI co-sponsors (ADG for Strategic Priorities, for Business Operations, and Chef de Cabinet), All Staff Seminars, etc. by preparing briefing notes, PowerPoint slide decks, and background material.
  9. Participate in external meetings and activities, including interagency meetings related to DEI to learn, contribute, collect and share information internally and externally on DEI best practices.
  10. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first-level university degree in social sciences, human resources management, psychology, public health, business administration, gender and development studies, labour law, human rights, political sciences or related field relevant to the position.
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in one of the above-mentioned fields.Additional qualification or training in project management, human resource management, psychology, diversity, equity and inclusion or similar.


Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of social sciences, human resources management, change management, psychology, public health, business administration, gender and development studies, labour law, and human rights, some of which gained in an international context.
Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO or within the UN system. Experience in working on the development and roll out of change management initiatives and projects across multi-level organizations and across stakeholder groups. Experience in supporting change management initiatives.


Knowledge of basic concepts and best practices on diversity, equity and inclusion; ability to plan and think strategically; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work both independently and in a team, maintaining good working relationships within interdisciplinary teams in a multi-cultural environment; capacity to build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders, and to deliver results through collaboration, work planning, implementation and monitoring; capacity to exercise sound judgment and discretion; proven ability to write strategic documents, papers and presentations; sound organizational and time management skills; and ability to learn and motivate self to learn and grow.

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. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian).


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 62,120 (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 4297 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.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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