Technical Officer

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 151,647 USD and 195,517 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 66.7% at this the location, applies.

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The Health Security Preparedness (HSP) department supports Member States in enhancing national preparedness across the IHR core capacities to manage all-hazard risks and emergencies, and to build multisectoral approaches for health security. It ensures that WHO supports Member States to build sustainable preparedness capacities and scale up the implementation of the IHR (2005), and support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other related global and regional frameworks. The department also establishes strategic links to, and supports the advancement of global initiatives such as GPMB, GHSA, EU ACP, Health and Security Alliance, Foreign Affairs for Global Health initiative and the UN System Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. HSP works with partners and the broader global heath security community to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in all countries are protected from the impact of health emergencies.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:Manage technical projects aiming at strengthening capacities of countries including vulnerable and resources-limited countries , focusing on DRM using innovative approaches.Develop relevant guidance, tools, training materials for the management of Mass Casualties, and implement activities in collaboration with relevant WHO HQ departments, Regional Offices and Country Offices across WHE programme; Develop relevant guidance, tools, training materials for the management of health facilities safety, and implement activities in collaboration with relevant WHO HQ departments Regional Offices and Country Offices across WHE programmeProvide technical support to countries on safe hospitals within a single national plan and budget estimate and foster coordination with all relevant technical Units and partners for safe hospitals' preparedness and risk reduction activities aiming to resilience and linking to UHC. Develop and promote implementation of community based climate risk reduction program for health sector in coordination with WMO and support countries to implement the joint work plan. Promote multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities to facilitate full participation within and outside WHO and key partners to implement on the DRR work including resilient health facilities.Technical assistance to Unit priority areas as, Migration, Gender, Human Rights and other variables of disaster risk management Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping of the Unit work as and when required as assigned by the Unit Head.



Essential: Medical degree, and advanced level university degree in public health, or disaster or emergency management, or humanitarian assistance, or related field. Desirable: Training in disaster management, emergency preparedness and response planning.


Essential: At least 7 years of experience at national and international levels in emergency preparedness (all-hazards approach) and response work. Experience with managing humanitarian emergency health response in settings of acute and slow onset disasters/crises, conflict situations, and particularly in protracted emergencies at both field and global levels. Proven experience in operationalizing complex projects in the field. Desirable: Experience with capacity building and applying institutional learning. Relevant experience in strategy formulation and interagency collaboration. Relevant work experience in or with WHO or other UN agencies. Experience of work with relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations.


Knowledge of international humanitarian architecture and leading issues in humanitarian health. Knowledge of the UN and humanitarian systems for emergency response and preparedness and of humanitarian fundraising.Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate plans to address challenges/risks.Ability to negotiate across multiple teams and agencies to common purpose.Proven capacity to lead and deliver on deadlines during periods of intense stress and activity.Demonstrated capacity to organize, monitor and synthesize information quickly and concisely. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with solid writing and editing experience.Demonstrated capacity to adjust to changing requirements

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Moving forward in a changing environment

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 75,602 (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 4631 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.


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