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Medical Officer


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-02


In the context of WHO priority for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the AMR unit within the Department of Communicable Diseases (UHC-DCD) at the WHO EMR officehas the objective of assisting Member States of WHO EMR to develop and implementnational AMR action plans in alignment with the global AMR action plan, the 13thGlobal Programme of Work of WHO and the Sustainable Development Goals, and to strengthen capacity for infection prevention andcontrol (IPC) in healthcare and the community.


1. Provide required AMR expertise for the development of regional and national AMR strategies and action plans and guide the implementation, monitoring and evaluation activities for containment of AMR.

2. Develop guidelines, protocols, tools and SOPs to support countries establish national and facility level AMR surveillance programmes to collect, analyze and report good quality AMR surveillance data, to conduct point prevalence surveys, and report antimicrobial consumption data.

3. Coordinate with IPC technical officer to establish/enhance national and facility level infection prevention and control programmes to prevent the spread of AMR.

4. Provide technical guidance to countries and stakeholders to interpret and utilize AMR surveillance data to develop priority interventions for implementation of the antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes.

5. Provide technical expertise for the development of regional and country-specific policies related to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of stewardship programmes, including governance, AWARE classification, therapeutic guidelines for main infectious syndromes, diagnostic stewardship, surgical prophylaxis interventions, and others.

6. Strengthen partnership and integration of AMR with various programmes within WHO, including health system strengthening, health promotion, emergencies, workforce development at all levels (country, regional, and headquarters offices).

7. Establish a regional platform for the “One Health AMR” strategy to foster the tripartite collaboration, partnership and engagement with FAO, OIE, UNEP and other UN and international organizations.

8. Develop, implement and monitor WHO regional AMR plans, including monitoring and evaluation framework with key performance indicators at regional and country levels.



Essential: Master's degree in a medical field (medicine, public health, nursing, infectious diseases, tropicalmedicine, microbiology, epidemiology, or other medical area).
Desirable: Medical qualification (e.g.,MBBs or MD)Infectious diseases fellowship.


Essential: At least seven years of relevant experience with proven international exposure in developing, implementing andmonitoring AMR surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship programmes.
Desirable: Relevant international experience in low or middle-income countries. Experience in the area of advocacy and working with international partners is an asset.


Demonstrated knowledge in antimicrobial resistance and its driving factors and critical paths in containment of antimicrobial resistance. Substantial knowledge in AMR surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship programmes, public health planning and implementation skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.


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 2268 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.
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