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Programme Assistant (Roster)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-31

This roster will be used to source Team Assistants and Programme Assistants for multiple positions in multiple divisions, including, but not limited to:

Division of Country Health Programmes CHP/ various units and programmes;
Division of Country Support, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSE)
/ various units and programmes;

Division of the Regional Director (RDD) / various units and programmes; and

Division of Country Health Policies and Systems (CPS) / various units and programmes

Purpose of post and Summary of Assigned Duties:

As part of a unit team, the incumbent provides support in the day-to-day programme, financial and administrative functions in the support of a project/programme or a technical unit.

Reporting to and under supervision of the responsible Officer and in collaboration with other support staff of the Division the incumbent provides support functions in programme, financial, and administrative related areas.

Key duties:

1. On own initiative draft routine correspondence, and upon instructions and guidance draft correspondence of a non-routine character; finalize correspondence/reports for signature; analyze incoming correspondence and requests, researching, obtaining and attaching background information where required, or redirecting them as appropriate, drawing the attention of the supervisor or other senior staff concerned to urgent items and deadlines. Revises unit correspondence, reports, and documents for proper form and (non-technical) content.

2. Monitor implementation and alert supervisor on issues of compliance with work plans, financial rules and regulations and award agreements. Assembles draft background for planning, monitoring and evaluation exercises. Inputs duty travel recommendations and issues reminders re follow up, records project/programme monitoring and evaluation notes.

3. Makes administrative arrangements for country and inter country activities including preparation of various committal documents related to procurement of goods and services, arrangements of study tours and duty travel in accordance with the approved programme budget/collaborative programmes with countries.

4. Provide administrative and logistical assistance in the context of the organization of meetings (working groups, seminars/courses, workshops, and symposia), i.e.: makes administrative preparations, including organization of practical local arrangements, advance transport of documents/equipment and hospitality. Provides administrative and secretarial support during the meetings and pays per diem to participants if required. Prepares administrative reports.

5. Establishes and maintains the unit's filing system of technical documents and correspondence. Creates background files and compiles reference material as appropriate. Accesses and retrieves information from relevant databases and updates as required.

6. Responds to and acts on telephone enquiries. Assesses the critical nature of technical enquiries and refers them to appropriate staff for reply. Coordinates appointments for supervisor and organizes programmes for visitors.

7. Provides briefing and guidance to all staff on general office practices and procedures; assists/replaces colleagues in the team; takes minutes in meetings.

8. Perform other related duties as required or instructed, including providing support to other areas of work as assigned.

Required competencies:

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Knowing and managing yourself
Producing results

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

Proficiency in the use of standard office computer software, note taking and operation of computerized systems and databases.
Sound interpersonal skills and flexibility. Ability to adapt to competing priorities.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Emotional intelligence; Ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: Completion of secondary school or equivalent.
Desirable: Relevant higher education or post-secondary school courses in a field relevant to the position.


Essential: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the secretarial/administrative field,
Desirable: Experience in an international environment or institution. Relevant experience in WHO or in the UN.

Language skills:

Fluency in English required. Working knowledge of either French, German or Russian an advantage.

WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at DKK 325,785 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

•This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

•Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and several selection rounds may be conducted during the validity of this VN.
•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.
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•WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
•WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
•This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.