Technical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland 186 views

Technical Officer

( 1905016 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration : 12 months

Job Posting: Nov 18, 2019, 11:38:53 AM

The Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals (MVP)division works with countries and other partners to improve access to essential medicines and other health technologies of assured quality. The division collaborates with a wide range of international partners and expert networks, UN organizations and WHO Collaborating Centres and focuses on two broad areas of work: (1) regulation of medicines and other health technologies (medicines, vaccines, other biologicals, blood products, medical devices, diagnostics and assistive technology); (2) innovation, access and use of medicines and other health products. The activities of the division areaimed toward the outcomes and targets in 13th General Programme of Work, the Programme Budget 2018â€Â2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals, notably target

  • 8 to achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all. In addition, the cluster, in conjunction with the Office of the Director-General, is coordinating the development of a Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All. The Office of the Director-General supports the Director-General in providing global direction to the work of the Organization within the overall framework of WHO’s Constitution, so as to maximize Organization-wide contribution to the work of Member States in achieving significant gains in health status.The objective of the Assistive Technology Team within the Health Products Policy and Standards department is to contribute towards universal access to health products; assistive products in particular by fostering global partnership and shaping the global development agenda and programmes; especially in realizing the purpose and objectives of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to ensuring access to quality assistive technology at an affordable cost (Article 4, 20 and 26) and to foster international cooperation (Articles 32).


In close collaboration with otherteamsin the department, other departments in WHO, and the regional and country offices, the incumbent will contribute towards implementation of the 71 WHA resolution on improving access to assistive technology, coordinate the development of Global Report on Assistive Technology and priority Assistive Products List (APL) and will perform the following tasks:

  • Conduct thedevelopment of the Global Report on Assistive Technology with the support of the Expert Advisory Group, with the participation of all relevant units within the Secretariat and the regional and country offices and also in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders;
  • Conduct the revision of the WHO Priority Assistive Products List (APL) with the support of Expert Advisory Group, experts within WHO including the regional and country offices and global AT experts including AT users or their organizations;
  • Initiate and guide Member States in the development of a National APL and support its implementation;
  • Support and expand existing partnerships such as ATscale, AT2030 and the GATE community;
  • Write and edit scientific publications, technical documents, and reports related to assistive technology; and
  • Provide support to resource mobilization;
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The Technical Officer is primarily responsible for contributing to the coordination of the meetings and activities of AT Expert Advisory Group and regional/national consultations to develop the Global Report on Assistive Technology, publication of the priority Assistive Products List (APL) and technical expertise to countries in developing national assistive technology policies and programmes.



  • Essential: an advanced university degree in public health, rehabilitation science/engineering, biomedical engineering or closely related field.
  • Desirable: Specialization in any branch of assistive technology or professional training assistive technology


  • Essential: At least 7 years of experience in the field of assistive technology, of which at least 5 years in an international organization or in the assistive technology industry or service provision authority; covering a wide range of assistive technology associated with disability, ageing, communicable and non-communicable diseases, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
  • Desirable: Experience of working in collaboration with scientists and/or researchers with diverse backgrounds, government, and non-government organizations and the assistive technology service provider with a proven record of accomplishment in producing results in the field of assistive technology.


Substantial knowledge of public health, rehabilitation and assistive technology, especially in the design and development of a national assistive technology policies and programmes, profound knowledge of all aspects of the organization, management and administration of research and innovation, writing/developing reports, ability to coordinate multi-sectoral projects, and excellent interpersonal negotiating and consultative skills.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of UN another 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 72,637 (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 4643 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.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

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