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Technical Officer (Community-Based Initiatives)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-16


The World Health Organization's (WHO), 13th General Programme of Work (GPW 13) promotes Universal Health Coverage (UHC), better health and well-being, and meets the needs of those living in humanitarian settings, i.e. all three of WHO's strategic priorities. The Eastern Mediterranean Vision also promotes “Health for All by All” through several interventions including addressing the Social and other Determinants of Health (SDH) and community participation aiming to improve intersectoral action for health and well-being and promoting peace as a determinant of health. Community-based initiatives will strengthen and integrate community roles into public health systems to achieve the EM vision “health for all by all” through community empowerment, building partnerships, promoting intra and intersectoral collaboration and establishing healthy settings (cities, villages, schools, workplaces, markets, etc) and enhancing community participation and volunteerism as an integral part of public health system for promoting health and wellbeing. In line with the vision, this programme will focus on both the determinants of health and community empowerment in health development interventions and the volunteerism approach at all levels of care. Building capacities and scaling up actions to mainstream community engagement in WHO programmes and national health programmes to improve health and wellbeing through promoting healthy settings for achieving better quality of life that is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All the Community-based Initiatives have the common objective of achieving “health for all by all” through developing communities' capacities and promoting community participation as a key player in health and wellbeing.


The incumbent will perform the following duties: Promote community engagement in health promotion and services delivery including the community-based interventions (Community Health Workers and Volunteers).Identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps; design interventions to address weakness and gaps e.g. training/capacity building, supervision, tools, etc.Coordinate and monitor implementation of healthy settings as multisectoral platforms for addressing social determinants of health (SDH) including Healthy Cities/villages, health promoting educational institutions and healthy workplaces.Advocate for and develop frameworks to operationalize the Global health for Peace Initiative.Develop advocacy tools to promote healthy settings and community engagement as multisectoral platforms for addressing SDH.Provide technical insight on Eastern Mediterranean Regional Healthy Cities Network.Establish and maintain networking and partnerships with relevant focal points (academia, donors, UN agencies and NGOs) in countries of the Region. Enhance the exchange of experiences and regular update of websites and relevant data platforms to ensure timely dissemination of information in the Region.



Essential: University Degree in Public Health or health promotion or health education or social sciences, or development.
Desirable: Master's degree in Global Health, or health promotion or Development.Training in global health, development, community health programming, health promotion and implementation, monitoring of social determinants of health.


Essential: At least 5 years of relevant experience, with proven international exposure, in health promotion and related work including social determinants of health, health for peace and community-based interventions.
Desirable: Regional experience working with a UN agency in a relevant field.


Demonstrated conceptual knowledge of, community engagement, intersectoral collaboration and healthy settings for health and wellbeing.Knowledge and understanding of health for peace approaches and the importance of peace as a determinant of health. Ability to promote multidisciplinary approaches using the determinants of health to promote whole of government and whole of society approaches Proven training on communication and presentation skills; data collection analysis, presentations and report writing.Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build, sustain partnerships across a wider spectrum of partners and Member states.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 62,692 (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 1881 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.


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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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