Technical Officer

Geneva, Switzerland
Apply by 29 March 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 8 March 2018

Job Description


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & the International Health Regulations (2005) Department (CPI) include the monitoring and evaluation of countries’ preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities and the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005) involving an all-hazards approach at all three levels of the Organization. The CPI Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.

The Core Capacity Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (CME) Unit is WHO headquarters’ main hub for support to national assessments, planning, costing of critical countries capacities. The CME Unit provides essential support to WHO’s regional and country offices in their effort to assess, monitor and evaluate status of implementation of the IHR including at the animal human interface, and for Operational Readiness. The CME Unit hosts the strategic partnership for Health security (SPH) which facilitates the coordination of donors for the national action plans which are closely supported by WHO Regional and Country Offices.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, and under the technical guidance of the senior staff in OHO, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following activities:

1. Support the development and implementation and evaluation of the impact of the WHO/OIE IHR-PVS National Bridging Workshops (NBW). This includes but is not limited to improving the format of the NBW, developing a roster of experts able to conduct the NBW, organizing training sessions for these experts and support the implementation of the NBW program in requesting countries, in close collaboration with the regional offices and OIE, documenting models of implementation, evaluating outcomes and impact, and disseminating findings.

2. Work with the other teams in CME to ensure the consideration of the animal health sector the assessment, implementation and evaluation of the components of their activities including IHR monitoring and evaluation Technical Framework, as well as in operational readiness and in the development of national action plans for heath security.

3. Provide scientific and technical inputs to the CPI/LST (Learning and Training Solution) team for the development and delivery of One Health Training material to strengthen human resource capacities within WHO, Governments (including IHR National Focal Point) and Partners.

4. Participate in the development and management of technical projects with an animal-human interface component in close collaboration with WHO Regional and Country Offices.

5. Provide epidemiologicalinput and technical support during zoonotic events risk assessment and response.

6. Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping.


Essential: First University degree in veterinary medicine.
Desirable: Post-graduated training in epidemiology of tropical and/or zoonotic diseases. Additional degree in public health.


Essential: At least five years’ experience in prevention, surveillance, detection and response to infectious zoonotic diseases of which some at international level. Experience in adult learning methods and implementation of training workshops at national/international level. Experience in the development and management of multi-partners projects.
Desirable: Experience of work in the area of surveillance and preparedness for pandemic diseases and other health emergencies, preferably at the international level. Previous experience in working with UN agencies and other relevant international organisations.


- Knowledge of WHO, the UN System work in the field of disease detection and response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.

- Open mind, ability to understand different perspectives, excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and manage several projects at the same time.

- Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual information.

- Good understanding of training approaches.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

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