Programme Assistant

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This is a G-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 6 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be more than 7,726 USD.

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The Department of Epidemic & Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention (EPP) advances global efforts to prevent and control existing and emerging infectious diseases by increasing access to evidence-based interventions; fostering impactful innovation; and leveraging technical, operational and strategic partnerships. In addition, GIP develops global mechanisms to facilitate coordination and collaboration between countries and multi-sectoral partners for catastrophic events of natural, accidental or deliberate origin. The Epidemic & Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention department (EPP) committed to delivering GPW13 Outcome 2.2 Epidemics and pandemics prevented, through: i. Delivering risk assessment, technical guidance, interventions and control strategies for country impact ii. Promoting innovation and adoption of new technologies iii. Aligning and coordinating international action through trusted partnership iv. Ensuring vulnerable populations have access to life-saving interventions and supplies.


Within the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities: - Provide support and input to the Director and responsible officer on planning, resource allocation and human resources management across the full range of programmes and projects of the Department. Brief staff at all levels on budget, financial, administrative, HR and other procedures and practices and monitor the correct use of the WHO Financial Rules and Regulations by staff in their implementation of funds. - Provide administrative support to the operational planning and development of projects and work plans and assist the Director and/or Team(s) through the provision of targeted, seamless programmatic, financial and administrative support work along the life-circle of the project(s). - Verify obligating documents, cross-checking relevant information available from GSM or other on-line systems, ensuring the availability of funds, updating files, and transferring funds as instructed or as delegated; clearance of obligating documents, checking them for completeness, and following-up on missing elements, liquidating obligations and undertaking reconciliation as required. - Verify expenditures to comply with work plans, financial rules and regulations and award agreements. Follow up actions on financial and budgetary matters, acting as admin approver within delegated authority, and coordinate the mid-term reviews and the end of year of biennium closure of accounts exercise for the Department. - Screen and review various contractual materials, issuing PTAEO numbers, earmarking funds, and verifying and clearing payment requests; prepare appropriate draft contracts for individuals or service providers such as APW's, and other contract modalities. Monitoring the staffing level of the Department, keeping track of all contract extensions and renewals, checking and ensuring that funds are available for the proposed contract and ensure that the renewal of contracts for staff are carried out in a timely fashion, maintaining and updating the Departmental HR plan accordingly. - Prepare routine and ad hoc financial reports using GSM and other related sources of information to assist the Director in taking appropriate decisions and to ensure that funds are utilized optimally. - Monitor, and follow-up on programme implementation-levels, drawing the attention of the Director to problems, inconsistencies delays and other anomalies detected. - Coordinate and follow-up on the Department`s HR-administrative issues, ranging inter alia from providing HR-related information on rules and procedures to the Director as well as to staff of the Department; ensure proper management of the HR Plan/HR Action Plan within the workplan; follow-up on actions required on contract issues for staff and non-staff, on-boarding, briefing of new staff; and follow-ups on performance evaluation reports/PMDS issues. - Coordinate and manage the smooth running of the administrative functions in the Department, including maintaining an up to date status of the office space and acting as the office space focal point for the Department - Check, obligate and clear purchase requests for services and equipment, working in close collaboration with relevant colleagues to ensure that ordered services are appropriate. - Draft routine and non-routine correspondence on own initiative or on the basis of instructions; finalize correspondence/reports for signature; analyze incoming correspondence and requests, researching, obtaining and attaching background information where required, or redirecting them as appropriate, drawing the attention of the supervisor or other senior staff concerned; drawing Director's attention to urgent items and deadlines. - Take minutes in the Departmental group meeting of Director Team leaders and Administration. - Oversee the organization of large-scale, high-level, international meetings relating to the work of the Department and coordinating logistics for off-site meetings. - Supervise support staff in the Director's Office when required. - Perform other related duties as required or instructed, including providing support to other areas of work as assigned.



Essential: Completion of secondary school education or equivalent. Desirable: Technical training courses in office and/or management related areas


Essential: At least 8 years of relevant experience, preferably in an international or large-sized organization in a technical or administrative/finance unit. Sound knowledge of administrative/financial rules, regulations, procedures and practices. Desirable: Experience in WHO and knowledge of its administrative rules and financial regulations is desirable.


- Sound knowledge of finance, accounting and/or administration principles in the WHO structure. - Proficiency in the use of modern office technology maintained through in-house courses, on-the-job training or self-training. - Willingness to keep abreast of changes in procedures and practices, rules and regulations, organizational structure, in the department, WHE and WHO, to be able to brief others and explain procedures. - Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. - Ability to interact professionally and effectively with staff at all levels in an international and multi-cultural environment. - Tact, discretion and diplomacy.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Ensuring the effective use of resources Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French. The above language requirements are interchangeable.


WHO offers staff in the General Services category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at CHF 82,568 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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.

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  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.

  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

  • This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.

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