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Senior Technical Officer (National Action Planning)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2023-04-02


The Health Security Preparedness (HSP) department supports Member States in enhancing national preparedness across the IHR core capacities to manage all-hazard risks and emergencies, and to build multisectoral approaches for health security. It ensures that WHO supports Member States to build sustainable preparedness capacities and scale up the implementation of the IHR (2005), and support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other related global and regional frameworks. The department also establishes strategic links to, and supports the advancement of global initiatives such as GPMB, GHSA, EU ACP, Health and Security Alliance, Foreign Affairs for Global Health initiative and the UN System Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. HSP works with partners and the broader global heath security community to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in all countries are protected from the impact of health emergencies.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent will have the following roles and responsibilities, in close collaboration with other WHO departments, regions, and relevant stakeholders:
- Coordinate the development and roll out of a NAPHS implementation strategy, including result framework and performance indicators for monitoring the progress of country capacity building.
- Advocate for the implementation and financing of NAPHS.
- Provide critical analysis of NAPHS at the country, sub-regional, regional and global levels, produce country, regional and global profiles, and conduct regular reviews on the quality of NAPHS.
- Provide oversight of STAR and ensure risk based planning as well as integration of various country processes to better align relevant preparedness and response plans following an all-hazards, whole-of-society approach.
- Coordinate country support to develop high quality, multi-hazard emergency preparedness and response plans, including NAPHS and NHEROP based on systematic risk and vulnerability analysis.
- Provide technical assistance to countries in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of NAPHS, NHEROP and STAR as well as documentation of best practices and lessons learned, publish and share case studies and advocacy materials.
- Work with relevant teams to support countries to develop investment cases, and coordinate and disseminate a wide variety of guidance documents, materials, trainings related to national planning, integration and costing of plans.
- Strengthen partnerships to facilitate collaboration among technical experts, institutions, member states, donors and partners to support plans and address gaps.
- Coordinate partnerships for NAPHS and NHEROP implementation and liaise with the strategic partnership for health security team to strengthen partner coordination.
- Working closely with relevant HSP teams and WHO departments, develop and implement costing tools for NAPHS in collaboration with financial institutions such as the World Bank.
- Work with other relevant units/teams within WHO to develop strategies, policies, policy briefs, advocacy materials, guidance, tools, training materials for NAPHS and other national action plans and integrating these into sustainable health sector plans.
- Provide regular update to senior management on NAPHS and NHEROP including the strategic approach to IHR capacity building so that WHO is better positioned in strategically supporting countries to strengthen NAPHS implementation and IHR capacities.
- Coordinate monitoring the financing of costed plans and advocate for support to plan. Support of outbreak response capacity building and leveraging the lessons learned from the COVID -19 pandemic response as needed.
- Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in medicine, public health, health sciences, and/or other related fields.
Desirable: Postgraduate degree in public health, health financing, health policy, health emergencies, disaster management, international relations and/or related fields.


Essential: At least ten years' experience in public health planning, emergency preparedness and response, development or management, implementation and coordination at the national and international levels.
Desirable: Experience working in WHO, or other agencies of the UN System, other international organizations in the field of public health emergencies. Experience in grant writing and research.


- Demonstrated knowledge of the WHO and all aspects of IHR (2005) assessment and implementation.
- Sound, practical knowledge on national planning process with health security relevance and national health systems.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills with proven ability to communicate and write in a clear and concise manner.
- Proven knowledge and skills, discretion and diplomacy, as well as familiarity of the principles and practices of communicable disease surveillance, prevention and control, as well as monitoring and evaluation practices.
- Proven managerial, analytical and organizational skills complemented by capacity to process, analyze and interpret epidemiological surveillance data, using qualitative and quantitative techniques.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO language(s).


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 90,664 (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 6218 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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