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WHO seeks Technical Officer

World Health Organisation 5<y Senior Level  Genève, Genève, Schweiz 12 Feb 2015

Job Description

Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/HSE/TA26
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P2
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: 1 year
Date: 5 February 2015
Application Deadline: 26 February 2015
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/HEA HSE ADGO Office of the Assistant DG (HQ/HEA)

WHO seeks Technical Officer


The Health Security (HSE) cluster envisions a world where the collective vulnerability to public health risks is effectively managed at the national and international levels, through global cooperation, transparency, and accountability between countries. The public health risks on which the cluster focuses are natural, accidental, or deliberate exposures to infectious disease agents in humans, animals, and insect vectors. WHO’s Member States have adopted the International Health Regulations (IHR – 2005) as a public health convention “to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease in ways that commensurate with and restricted to public health risks, and which avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade”. Under the IHR (2005) WHO Member States commit themselves to develop core capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health events, and charge WHO to develop mechanisms to prepare for and contain the international spread of such events should they occur. The IHR (2005) serves as the core framework within which the cluster works with Member States and partners.

Description of duties:

Under the guidance and supervision of the External Relations Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Director-General for the Health Security Cluster (ADGO HSE), the technical officer’s tasks and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Support the development of donor proposals for HSE-related subjects including pandemics and epidemics, food safety, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Influenza and the International Health Regulations in close collaboration with technical teams inside and outside the HSE cluster.
  • Communicate with donors to obtain in-depth information about parameters and expectations of proposals, reports and legal agreements.
  • Liaise with the departments of Planning Resource Coordination and Performance Monitoring (PRP), Office of the Legal Counsel (LEG) and Accounting Services (ACT) as necessary to finalize legal agreements with donors.
  • Participate in the development and tracking of financial projections within the departments, evaluate their accuracy and amend them to meet respective targets and objectives.
  • Track reports due to donors for cross-cutting awards and other awards managed by the Office of the Assistant Director General (ADGO) HSE.
  • Coordinate, aggregate, and manage timely submission of technical reports for specified funding to support WHO HSE activities and programs.
  • Liaise with the program management team as necessary, to ensure financial reporting requirements are met in respect of donor agreements.
  • Develop professional relationships with experts from the technical units at WHO headquarters, regional offices and country offices as appropriate in order to stay informed of developing projects and funding needs, and to receive regular information updates on progress and activities relevant to donors.
  • Produce technical briefings and PowerPoint presentations tailored for specific needs as necessary along with other correspondence.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the External Relations Advisor.


Essential: University degree in a subject related to the function: business, law, communications, political science, public health, administration or other relevant degree. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.

The position requires international development expertise and experience in the area of external relations and partnerships. The incumbent must have the ability to independently manage multiple projects concurrently and work with high-level stakeholders with discretion in a politically sensitive environment. Excellent analytical, financial, management and evaluation skills. Demonstrated abilities to conduct research, collect and analyse data and present results in a clear and concise manner while maintaining objectives related to advocacy. Outstanding communication skills with knowledge of writing styles and language for diverse audiences. Knowledge of Excel or other databases or spreadsheets.

WHO Competencies

  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Producing results
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Knowing and managing yourself

At least two years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in international relations, external relations or resource mobilization and some experience in fundraising and/or development of budget planning and financial reports.

Experience in communications and project management at national and international levels and in writing donor reports. Demonstrated working experience in a multi-cultural environment related to aspects of public health.

Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset.

Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
WHO’s salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.
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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.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 46’819 at single rate
USD 49’916 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 88.4 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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