Medical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland 165 views

Medical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland


Medical Officer

( 1905137 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration : 6 months

Job Posting: Nov 15, 2019, 10:16:19 AM

The Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI) advances global health through the prevention of violence, injury, vision and hearing loss; the management of NCDs; and the improvement of the quality of life for people with disability. The Noncommunicable Diseases Management Unit’s main mission is to provide leadership and technical guidance for development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, plans and programmes for management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, in collaboration with Member States and internal and external partners. The objective of the programme is to support delivery of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs including the strengthening of health systems for NCD management.


  • Develop WHO guidance, recommendations, and implementation frameworks on health system strengthening, health workforce capacity building and monitoring of NCD management at different levels of health care and support their adaptation and use in countries;
  • Develop guidance and implementation materials and support the development, expansion and evaluation of palliative care services;
  • Support and strengthen WHO’s work on access to essential quality medicine and technologies relevant to NCD management;
  • Develop reports, policy briefs and information and advocacy materials on cross-cutting aspects of NCD management;
  • Assist regional and country offices, as well as partners, in strengthening health systems response to NCDs;
  • Support health sector planning and evaluation for NCDs within the NCD national plans and other relevant policies and plans;
  • Contribute to other WHO efforts on NCDs in general as needed.



  • Essential: A first university degree in medicine.
  • Desirable:
  • Post graduate degree in public health (M.P.H) or related areas.
  • Training in NCD prevention and control and/or health policy and programme development.


  • Essential:
  • At least five years of experience in health systems or public health related to NCD prevention and control, of which at least 3 focused on health system strengthening for NCD management including in low- or middle-income settings.
  • More than 2 publications in peer review journals
  • Desirable:
  • At least 3 years of experience at the international level.
  • Working experience in international organizations


  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Able to coordinate, plan and implement projects and activities with minimum supervision but work equally well as part of a team.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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 60,233 (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 3850 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’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
  • 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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