Technical Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 12 August 2022
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 02 September 2022
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEHealth emergencies continue to have significant and sometimes catastrophic impacts on countries' health, economies and development. Both recent and ongoing public health events have demonstrated that the many communities remain at the high risk, and that strong levels of national preparedness across all relevant sectors are crucial to ensuring the effective management of health emergencies, when they occur. They also illustrate the need for scaling up the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) that requires countries to build and maintain the capacities to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, anchored on strong and resilient health systems. The Emergency Preparedness Division contributes to the implementation of the WHO Global Programme of Work (GPW 13) and is guided by WHO strategic priorities to a€œkeep the world safe, improve health and serve the vulnerable. The WHO strategic priorities drive the progress in health towards Universal Health Coverage, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and speaks particularly to SDG 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. 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.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESThe incumbent will work closely with Unit Heads, technical officers and Director's Office to: Provide technical support to director HSP and subsequent follow up Support HSP director's office by preparing technical materials and briefs related to IHR (2005) assessments, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Prepare talking points, presentations, newsletters, web update and other information and communication materials and resources. Follow up and track documents, training materials, guidance for timely and quality delivery. Work with the regional offices and country offices to develop proposals, promote key partnerships, and coordinate the technical inputs and exchanges with key stakeholders. Support the director in responding to ADGO and DGO requests and briefs. Assist the Director, in the preparation of technical and partner reports including but not limited to dashboard reports, stakeholder follow up and outreach. Support, and plan, to document and publish lessons learnt, and progress made in implementation of the IHR and Health Security from countries, regions and partners, and support the departmental level work on these issues. Develop case studies, and provide support on developing and applying an integrated, comprehensive platform for information gathering, visualization, knowledge generation and information sharing on the IHR and health security, and link this with other WHO platforms. Support the technical work of units and teams, including the IHR benchmarks and online platform and library, gender mainstreaming in preparedness, and any other areas of work as deemed necessary by the Director. Perform all other related duties as assigned.


EducationEssential: First level university degree in business, management, health related sciences, management, communications or related field.
Desirable: Health related studies or degree.

ExperienceEssential: At least five years of experience in communication, advocacy and information management in public health or research institutes. Demonstrated exposure at the international level.
Desirable: Experience at an international level developing case studies and writing briefings, progress reports, lessons learned.

SkillsExcellent interpersonal skills, excellent analytical and drafting skills, excellent communication skills, organizational skills and ability to work independently and flexibly.

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

Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Beginners knowledge of French.

REMUNERATIONWHO 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 62,692 (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 3730 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. For information on WHO's operations please visit: 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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