Technical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland 327 views

Technical Officer

( 1905497 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration : 12 months

Job Posting: Dec 5, 2019, 5:25:43 PM

The Global TB Programme (GTB) leads and guides the global effort to end the TB epidemic through universal access to people-centred prevention and care, multisectoral action and innovation. Specifically: 1) provides global leadership to end TB through strategy development, political and multisectoral engagement, strengthening review and accountability, advocacy, and partnerships, including with civil society; 2) shapes the TB research and innovation agenda and stimulates the generation, translation and dissemination of knowledge; 3) develops policy options, norms and standards for TB prevention and care and facilitates their implementation; 4) provides specialized technical support for Member States and partners, working with WHO regional and country offices to catalyse change and build sustainable capacity; and 5) monitors, evaluates and reports on the status of the TB epidemic and progress in financing and implementation of the end TB Strategy at global, regional and country levels.


  • Provide specialized technical support to Member States to apply and use the people-centred framework for TB programme planning and prioritization. This includes in-country review, consolidation and analysis of data, facilitation of strategic discussions during national and subnational workshops, and national capacity building;
  • In coordination with relevant WHO staff members, external experts and partners, provide specialized technical support to contribute to the development of costed national strategic plans for TB, building on use of the people-centred framework for TB planning and prioritization and other relevant tools;
  • Contribute to the analysis and dissemination of lessons learned from the implementation of the people-centred framework for TB programme planning and prioritization;
  • Contribute to the development or updating of guidance and tools related to national strategic planning for TB;
  • Work with stakeholders at national, regional and global level to facilitate Member States’ access to and strategic use of Global Fund resources to accelerate progress towards the TB targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals, the End TB Strategy and the political declaration at the 2018 United Nations high-level meeting on TB;
  • Perform other duties as needed and requested by the supervisor.



  • Essential: University degree in public health, epidemiology or relevant fields.
  • Desirable: Advanced University degree (Masters and above) in public health, epidemiology or relevant fields.


  • Essential: A minimum of five years of experience of working in programme/project management in public health, including: Experience of working in TB care and control. Experience in supporting national TB planning and policy formulation (e.g. national strategic plans, national guidelines, specific project formulation). Experience in managing and analysing public health data including TB-related data from routine surveillance systems and/or special studies. Some work experience gained in an international context.
  • Desirable: Experience of working in WHO or other international organizations. Work experience in developing countries.


Excellent knowledge of the End TB Strategy, WHO TB-related policies and guidelines. Proven ability to organize technical support to Member States in collaboration with regional and country offices. Sound knowledge of country-level situations in terms of the epidemiological burden of TB disease, policy and programmatic efforts to address this burden and progress in implementing the WHO End TB Strategy, especially in high TB burden countries. Knowledge and skills of using statistical packages in public health. Proven ability to analyse health data, e.g. relevant national studies and surveys and technical reports, and to identify issues, formulate opinions, draw conclusions and make recommendations for strengthening TB prevention and care. Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings. Proven ability to work in an international collaborative environment, demonstrating a high level of integrity, diplomatic skills and discretion, and high level of ability as a team player. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Beginners knowledge of other UN 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 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.
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  • 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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