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Technical Officer (Alcohol)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
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  • Closing Date: 2023-04-06


The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.

The WHO/Europe Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases approach will foster the achievement of NCD-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals in the WHO European Region countries through fostering innovations and strengthening national capacities, governance, multisectoral action, and partnerships in reducing major risk factors, orienting health systems towards people-centered health care and universal health coverage and ensuring access to quality NCD services across the care continuum. The “NCD Office”, an integral part of WHO/Europe's Prevention and Control of NCD approach, will coordinate countries in the development of NCD investment cases and national strategic action plans, coordinate scale-up of “best buys” implementation for country impact for NCDs, the empowerment of individuals, including for better health literacy and capacity-building through NCD flagship courses. It will evolve as a Regional hub for excellence in NCD surveillance, modelling and policy monitoring, implementation research and innovations, including digitalization and big-data approaches to addressing NCDs trends and determinants. It will also work to reduce the major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases- tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol - provide policy and strategic directions and technical support to countries in developing and strengthening tobacco control programmes and intensify support for WHO FCTC implementation, interventions to reduce alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, through regulation and policy change, alongside traditional and innovative efforts to change behaviour. It will provide monitoring and surveillance and support to countries on prison health and prison health-care systems and services.


The purpose of the post is to develop and coordinate efforts towards the achievement of the alcohol-related SDGs targets, including the dimensions of inequalities, substance-related stigma and vulnerable population through the planning, and strategic advice for the implementation of interventions, in particular those under the WHO/EU EVID-Action project

Key duties:

Core responsibilities in providing technical support for the implementation of evidence-based policies and interventions aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and assisting Member States include:

Provide strategic guidance and technical expertise to support Member States to strengthen implementation of the policy areas identified in the European framework for action on alcohol 2022-2025, the EVID-ACTION project and SAFER package;

Develop reports and prepare scientific papers, presentations, good practices and policy briefs around alcohol consumption and alcohol policy impact in Europe that incorporate the results of the work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe capturing the strategic, innovative and efficiency dimensions in addressing alcohol consumption.

Support Member States in testing and implementing initiatives on pricing policies, labelling, digital marketing, and screening and brief intervention initiatives among other;

Provide direct technical assistance and support missions to Member States with regard to strategic advice in developing and implementing policies, strategies, frameworks and support packages in the area of alcohol;

Technically coordinate initiatives and provide technical assistance in developing innovative tools to support country implementation of effective policy options and control programmes to reduce alcohol consumption, and in particular to reduce alcohol-attributable harm;

Collaborate with other programmatic areas, units and divisions in the design, organization and delivery of training courses/workshops to increase capacity building in the areas of alcohol monitoring and policy response;

Produce authoritative and relevant policy papers, country fact sheets and policy briefs describing research outcomes, policy developments and particularly success stories in reducing alcohol consumption and implementing cost-effective alcohol policies globally, but with a specific focus on the WHO European Region;

Interact with and develop work plans with WHO Collaborating Centres and other international institutions in the area of alcohol, collaborate with related universities and research institutes, especially those dealing with the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases to steer knowledge and scientific exchanges that can be used to support building evidence and bridging gaps between research and policy implementation, notably on cancer;

Provide direct technical assistance to the implementation of all work packages of the EVID-ACTION project and coordinate closely all the activities with relevant stakeholders.

Develop proposals for mobilization of resources for the implementation of activities at national and regional levels in the areas of alcohol consumption and substance use disorders;

Perform other duties as required



Essential: University degree (Master's level) in public health or field relevant to the position.
Desirable: Advanced degree in public health or social sciences.


Essential: At least seven years of relevant work experience in developing and analyzing alcohol policies, including at least three years at the international level. Demonstrated experience in developing specific activities and products in the field of alcohol and cancer awareness, such as on alcohol labelling, alcohol and screening and brief interventions and health literacy in Europe.
Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO, UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs. Proven experience working in partnership with UN organizations, the private sector, multinational organizations and non-governmental organizations. Relevant experience in intersectoral work and resource mobilization. Proven experience working with Ministries of Health and other Ministries/Governmental Agencies/Legislative Authorities


In-depth knowledge of alcohol policies, including unrecorded alcohol consumption and stakeholder engagement. Demonstrated knowledge of the design and implementation of the most effective and cost-effective policies to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-attributable harms with a specific focus on alcohol pricing and taxation policies. Demonstrated knowledge of development, design and evaluation of strategies, action plans and programs in alcohol prevention, including qualitative and mixed methods analysis. Ability to foster teamwork and to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels. Emotional awareness; the ability to identify and harness one's emotions and apply them to tasks; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one's own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French, Russian, or German.


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 77,326 (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 4601 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.


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