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Project Officer, Geneva, Switzerland


Project Officer

( 1905221 )

Grade : P2

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration : 6 months

Job Posting: Nov 15, 2019, 1:44:08 PM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


  • Provide support to the DRC Ebola Project Management and Incident Management Support Teams.
  • Collaborate, with technical leads and other teams, in the development, implementation and monitoring of the technical, operational and HR work plans.
  • Contribute to the preparation of daily Ebola monitoring and progress reports, briefings, proposals, reports and communications required for strategic decision making.
  • Attend various Ebola-related meetings, coordinate relevant activities, ensure predictable follow-up on agreed action points with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist in assessing the technical need of the team in a participatory manner. (a) Follow up on action points in a timely manner, ensure that the projects are regularly monitored and reported on. (b) Provide relevant information and consolidated feedback to the team members.
  • Assist in coordinating and facilitating improved information and knowledge management within the team for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation, organizational learning and reporting, with a particular responsibility for maintaining and improving the activities databases.
  • Work within the Ebola Project Management Team collaboratively and assist with activities as required by the Project Management Team Lead and Incident Manager.
  • Participate in the administrative and logistical arrangement of meetings and other events, including operational reviews during and after the outbreak.
  • Undertake duty travel to emergency locations to support project management, when necessary.
  • Contribute to a professional and effective working environment, performing all duties in a manner characterized by effective teamwork, collegiality, and mutual respect.
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • Essential: First level University degree in International Relations, Business Administration, Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution
  • Desirable: Advanced university degree in one of the above mentioned educational disciplines.


  • Essential: At least two years of relevant professional experience in project management, developing key performance indicators and monitoring deliverables.
  • Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO/UN or other INGO. Related experience in the context of outbreaks and/or emergency programmes.


Demonstrated skills in the development of reports and persuasive documents.

Demonstrated organizational skills, high ability to organize logistics for events or conferences.

Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources and conduct independent research.

WHO Competencies

1. Fostering integration and teamwork

  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Producing results
  • Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

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


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 47,322 (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 3025 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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