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Technical Officer (Public Health Intelligence)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The WHE Response division (WRE) is responsible for rapidly detecting and responding tohealth emergencies while leveraging relevant national and international partnerships, ensuring that emergency-affected populations in acute and protracted emergencies have access to essential health services and that systems are maintained and strengthened in fragile, conflict and vulnerable settings while implementing at scale, proven prevention strategies for priority pandemic/epidemic-prone diseases. The Alert and Response Coordination Department (ARC) is responsible to provide end-to-end capacity for the detection, management,coordination and monitoring of acute public health emergencies, as well as the generation and dissemination of public health information around such events. It identifies potential acute events through early warning, provides risk assessment of such events, and delivers on the management, coordination and ongoing monitoring of acute events that require activation of an incident management structure at HQ. These include epidemics and acute humanitarian emergencies.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs and agenda:
- Research and identify sources of information for technical materials, situation reports, briefing notes, bulletins, articles and other materials. Sources of epidemiological and other data may come from several different teams and programmes within WHO and from partners.
- Produce analysis for information products, such as graphs, figures, data tables, statistical analysis, and other data presentational formats to communicate information to technical partners with particular attention to data about outbreak and emergency response and interventions.
- Participate and collaborate actively in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art information-sharing, data analysis and presentation, and dissemination strategies and content management within a planned framework.
- Contribute to the design and adapt data and analysis in existing documents, publications and other information materials for major public health events and scientific meetings to enhance information-sharing based on best practices as part of the development and implementation of the Department strategic plan.
- Liaise with staff, as assigned, at all levels in The Programme, WHO HQ, Regional and Country Offices to encourage organization-wide information-sharing as a key component of promoting and nurturing a culture of multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches within The Programme, WHO and with key partners.
- Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: First level university degree in medicine, epidemiology, demography, statistics, health sciences, or a related discipline that includes quantitative methods.
Desirable: An advanced degree in epidemiology, public health, international health or a related discipline.


Essential: At least two years relevant experience in public health, information management, quantitative methods, surveillance, or epidemiology.
Desirable: Experience in WHO or UN Agencies. Exposure at the international level.


- Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills.
- Ability to synthesize information in a clear and concise manner.
- Ability to understand technical issues in the field of public health as well as knowledge of epidemiology, quantitative methods, and surveillance in the area of emerging/re-emerging diseases.
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting environment.
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills combined with ability to multi-task and produce accurate results under pressure.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, tact and discretion, sound judgment and initiative, ability to work under pressure and to clearly articulate and present concepts and procedures to a broad range of audiences.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. 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 49,254 (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 3226 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.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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