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Technical Officer (Health & Technical Logistics)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: Closed


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. Effective logistic support is key to the success of World Health Organization Public Health Emergency responses. The WHO OSL team provides logistic expertise to respective Regional and Country WHO Offices during outbreaks or other public health events. During 2019-2020 as part of the OSL capacity building, an overall set of managing tools will be developed to offer a comprehensive solution to the WHO Country offices and field offices. As a first step, it is essential to rapidly build up the essential supporting tools package to better manage and provide an adequate service to support the WHO field operations.


- Providing technical support to State Members, UN agencies, International organizations and Institution for the development and implementation of a new COVID-19 Health facility and or repurposing of existing structure through the OSL/Health & Tech Help-Desk support in collaboration with other WHO specialists.
- Conduct, when required webinar training on Covid-19 health facility treatment setup for WHO partners to build up local competencies and facilitate the compliance with the IPC standards and clinical management requirement in Covid-19 treatment center.
- Support development of guidance, standardized tools and SOPs for Covid-19 health facility management including IPC related and WASH activities, hazardous waste and laboratories waste management, consumptions follow up and human resources requirement.
- Provide ad-hoc technical support to State Members, UN agencies, International organizations and Institution for the development and implementation of a new COVID-19 Health facility and or repurposing of existing structure through the OSL/Help-Desk support in collaboration with other WHO specialists.
- In collaboration with the Technical Network and other WHO department develop e-learning program for Covid-19 healthcare facilities design.
- Conduct, when required, training for WHO partners to build up local competencies and facilitate the compliance with the WASH standards for treatment units (including production of video and audio recording pedagogical material accessible through the Open WHO e-Learning platform.



Essential: Advanced university degree in public health, architectural design, biology or other related discipline. Qualification in health structure design and construction management.
Desirable: Specialization or training in the delivery of emergency health response / disaster management in a public health environment.


Essential: At least 7 years of international professional experience in emergency project management in the field of public health and/or experience in engineering in emergency hospital settings. Experience in field logistics and health logistics and work related to infection control in hospital environments. Demonstrated experience in an international context.
Desirable: Experience in WHO, the UN System and/or NGOs in the area of health operation, outbreak response and planning of emergency interventions in the context of public health and/or humanitarian action.


- Excellent knowledge of logistics outbreak response with demonstrated knowledge of WHO Incident Management System processes.
- Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
- Ability to work in complex national or international settings in support of international emergency health interventions to often insecure and geographically hostile environments.
- Tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
- Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of other UN languages.


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 75,602 (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 4473 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.
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