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Technical Officer (Communications)

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-04

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The Polio Transition Programme (PTP) within the Office of the Deputy Director-General is in charge of the global coordination of WHO's corporate polio transition activities, in line with the roadmap of the Strategic Action Plan on Polio Transition, which was presented to the 71st World Health Assembly. Polio transition involves two broad areas of work:

1. Ensuring programmatic and financial sustainability, by supporting the integration of essential public health functions managed and financed by the polio programme into the national health systems.

2. Sustaining and strengthening core technical functions, by integrating polio surveillance into broader vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, strengthening immunization delivery, and strengthening capacity to prepare, detect and respond to health emergencies, including detection and response to vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.

In this context, Polio Transition Programme:

1) acts as the Secretariat of the Steering Committee;

2) provides management, technical and operational support to the Deputy-Director General's Office in the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan;

3) coordinates and facilitates the different workstreams through the Technical Coordination Working Group;

4) monitors progress towards the three objectives of the Strategic Action Plan, including tracking implementation of the Joint Corporate Workplan;

5) provides support to the Regional and Country Offices to assist the Member States to implement their national polio transition plans.


Under the supervision of the Policy Lead (DDGO / PTP), the incumbent is responsible for the following assigned duties:

  • Supports the planning and execution of the meetings of the Technical Coordination Working Group, from agenda-setting to follow-up actions.
  • Assists with the regular monitoring of the implementation of the deliverables of the Joint Corporate Work Plan.
  • Develops presentations, policy briefs and other documentation to support the strategic aims of the Strategic Action Plan, including leading the implementation of the Strategic Communications Framework for Polio Transition.
  • Supports preparations for WHO Governing Bodies and stakeholder meetings, including but not limited to the Executive Board, the World Health Assembly, the Transition Independent Monitoring Board and ad-hoc stakeholder workshops.
  • Contributes to the engagement with external stakeholders/partners with a focus on raising awareness of the need to sustain the polio network.
  • Identifies potential advocacy opportunities around key events, including in relation to the operationalization of significant global health agendas.
  • Ensures that the Polio Transition Programme website remains up to date. Performs all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first-level university degree in social sciences, public policy, public health or any other field related to the functions of the post.
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in social sciences, public policy, public health or any other field related to the functions of the post.


Essential: At least two years of professional experience in global public health, policy and/or development issues. Proven track record in policy analysis, project management and communications, including development of narrative and content.
Desirable: Experience working in the areas of polio transition and/or polio eradication, with a diverse range of stakeholders. Experience at a WHO regional or country office level. Demonstrated exposure at the international level.


Additional competency: Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond. Excellent analytical and conceptual thinking and demonstrated problem-solving skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to structure and synthesize complex issues.Solid understanding of polio and immunization stakeholders in the global health space. Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop rapport with counterparts at all levels. Highly organized, pro-active and pragmatic with strong process management skills. Ability to prioritize and work under pressure and to deadlines; including flexibility and willingness to adapt to new priorities as they emerge.Solid understanding of WHO processes and priority areas of work.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing 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 48,805 (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 3376 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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