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JPO - WHO Technical Officer: Tobacco Free Initiative, Non-Communicable Diseases


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date:
The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will work with WHO Technical Officers to assist governments in the Eastern Mediterranean (EMR) region in their development and implementation of national tobacco control economic related policies, strategies and plans and assist WHO in the preparation, provision and coordination of technical support to countries in the areas of tobacco control economics and innovative financing. The JPO will also assist EMRO in information sharing of best practices and putting forward future plans for country needed actions and activities in the area of tobacco products economics and taxation. The JPO will in addition support the work in the Region related to economics of growing tobacco and the alternatives to it.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide technical support to countries in the area of tobacco economics and tobacco taxation. (25%)
  • Develop advocacy and technical material in this area of work. (25%)
  • Contribute to the organization of activities that are relevant to this area of work. (20%)
  • Conduct duty travels to support countries in this area. (5%)
  • Strengthen regional networking and alliances to support this are of work. (5%)
  • Support the ongoing work of the unit in the area of economics of tobacco and of taxation. (10%)
  • Support the ongoing work of the unit when needed. (10%)
  • Producing results
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
Required Skills and Experience
  • Minimum: Master’s degree or equivalent in economics or health economics.

    A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with qualifying experience (at least 3 years of relevant working experience) may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree

    Part of the candidates' academic training must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries of the Dutch JPO Programme.

  • Minimum 2 years to maximum 4 years relevant working experience.

    Desirable: Professional experience in an international organizations, or at country level; professional experience in health care issues.

    Working experience within the UN system should not exceed 50% of the relevant working experience including UNV, (paid) UN internship and UN consultancy.

    All paid work experience since obtaining Bachelor’s degree will/can be considered.


Note: This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands and is addressed exclusively to NATIONALS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES THAT APPEAR ON THE LIST OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE DUTCH JPO PROGRAMME:


For criteria see the website of Nedworc Foundation:

Junior Professional Officer Programme - Nedworc Foundation

Please read the criteria and FAQ section carefully before considering applying
Attachments needed:
  • A brief motivation letter in English that explains why you're the perfect candidate for the position by using examples of your interests and achievements 
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your Master degree, or Bachelor’s degree as applicable
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