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Technical Officer (Climate Change and Health)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Dili
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-05


The overall goal of the programme is to reduce theburden of disease related to environmental determinants of health including water,sanitation and hygiene and developing capacity of health sector and communitiesand reduce health impacts from climate change related events. This is envisionedto be achieved by supporting relevant ministries especially Ministry of Health indeveloping sound policies and guidelines, supporting early disease warmingsystem and collaborating with integrated disease surveillance, capacity forimplementing the policies and guidelines, generating political commitment and synergisingmulti-sectoral partnership for low carbon emission, climate resilient andsustainable health system.


Under the overall guidanceof WHO Representative and the supervision of the Technical Officer- CDS, the incumbent will assist in the following:

  • Support implementation of GEF funded activities to increase health system resilience toclimate change and oversee health facility assessment in ensuring availabilityof WASH in all health facilities.
  • Technical oversight and facilitation of Health Vulnerability Assessment and finalizationof Health National Adaptation Plan.
  • Assist MOH and in collaboration with partners support development and finalization ofclimate resilient water safety plans and sanitation safety plans and ensure inclusion of climate change risks in these plans.
  • Collaborate with relevant technical units in WCO and RO and support capacity strengthening and development, adaptation and finalization of guidelines and SOPs for Integrated surveillance of WASH related diseases.
  • Technical leadership, facilitation, and support to develop the Health Care Waste Management Policy, strategy and plan as part of overall health system resilience to climate change.
  • Support Ministries of Health and Secretary of Environment for participation in high level policy meetings such as COP, SIDS and Health, AOSIS etc.
  • Coordinate and facilitate development of appropriate proposals for resource mobilization especially for Green Climate Fund.
  • Assist in the preparation of progress reports and other relevant documents forinternal and donor submission.
  • Perform any other duty as assigned by WR.
  • Submit an End of Assignment Report.



Essential: Essential: University degree in Public Health or Science from arecognized University.
Desirable: Desirable: Training in water and sanitation or climate change, and public health.


Essential: Essential: At least 5 years of experiencein climate change, environment health and water and sanitation.
Desirable: Desirable: Experience in implementing climate change andhealth programmes such as climate resilient health systems, integrated diseasesurveillance, research on climate change and health.


Broad knowledge of principles, practices, methods and technologies in climate change and health. Ability to coordinate and liaise well with all stakeholders including all levels of WHO but importantly external including MOH, UN agencies, Donors and DPs and close collaboration with staff members. Ability to speak and write clearly and develop reports, donor proposals and participate in high level discussions and negotiations. Ability to appreciate local conditions, culture and establish continuing good working relationships at national and regional level. Desirable: Good knowledge. of WHO/UN administrative and financial rules, process and procedures.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 2544 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.
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  • 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.
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