Technical Officer

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This is a P-3 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 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 102,418 USD and 134,109 USD.

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The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 37.2% (post adjustment) at this the location, applies. Please note that depending on the location, a higher post adjustment might still result in a lower purchasing power.

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The mission of the Division of WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) is to build the capacity of Member States to assess, prevent and manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain all hazard emergencies, as described under the IHR (2005) and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

The WHE Division brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in health emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. The Programme is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities.

The European Centre for Preparedness for Humanitarian and Health Emergencies (PHHE) aims at strengthening WHO/EURO Member States’ capacities in preparedness for humanitarian and health emergencies through innovative, collaborative and sustainable approaches to capacity building, including through the development and implementation of training opportunities in emergency and disaster risk reduction, the provision of tailored country support in sustainable capacity building, and the facilitation of access to capacity building resources in the Region.


The Technical Officer will be responsible developing the activities of PHHE on disaster preparedness with focus on earthquake preparedness and for ensuring the good management and the communication of the PHHE projects through the development and the maintenance of a knowledge management platform. He/she will support the training activities aiming at strengthening WHO and Member States preparedness

Within the framework of the delegated authority, and under the guidance of PHHE Head of Office, the incumbent is assigned the following duties:

Disaster preparedness

1. Develop technical activities related to disaster and earthquake preparedness at PHHE.

2. Liaise with the Ministry of Health in Türkiye to prepare and implement national workshops on earthquake preparedness.

3. In collaboration with WHO/Europe and HQ experts, develop a simulation exercise to test disasters/earthquakes preparedness plans

4. Support the preparation and the organization of WHO EURO inter-regional conference(s) on disaster preparedness.

Pan-European Network for Disease Control

5. Participate in the WHO Secretariat of the Pan-European Network for Disease Control through support to the implementation of the workplan, facilitation of the working groups activities, and preparation of technical documents required for the Network meetings

Knowledge Management

6. Support the development and manage the PHHE knowledge management and communication platforms


7. Support development of training modules for strengthening preparedness skills of WHO and Member States professionals


8. Support the Head of office in the development of the PHHE activity reports

9. Perform any other duties assigned by the Head of the Office.



Essential: First University degree (Bachelor’s level or above) in Health, Emergency Management, Disaster Management or Environmental Sciences.

Desirable: Postgraduate degree in one of the above fields and/or a combination of training in emergency preparedness and experience in health emergency management.


Essential: At least 5 years of relevant work experience, at national and international levels, in public health, project management in a health-related field, notably developing and implementing work plans, preparing technical reports; experience in humanitarian emergency response.

Desirable: Experience in response to natural emergencies; Experience with inter-agency collaboration or in WHO, UN, UN Agencies or other international organisations in the area of humanitarian and health emergencies. Experience with managing networks and partnerships in health emergencies..


· Demonstrated knowledge in preparedness for humanitarian and health emergencies and emerging diseases in international context as well as strong skills related to designing or delivering training modules and tools.

· Proven ability to create a positive, inclusive and supportive training environment, motivating trainees and adapting to different learning styles.

· Good understanding of the Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework and of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

· Demonstrated experience in development of knowledge management platforms and in data visualisation

· Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to influence, negotiate, advocate, motivate and resolve conflict.

· Proven ability to interact in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting environment involving technical, cultural and political elements.

· Sound analytical and organizational skills.

· Excellent presentation and communication skills, both oral and written.

· Proven ability to work and produce results under pressure in critical situations.

· Tact, diplomacy, and courtesy.

· Sound knowledge in project management.

· Emotional intelligence: Ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing Results

Ensuring effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Working (intermediate) knowledge of French, Russian or German.


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 64,121 (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 1988 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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• 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: http://www.whed.neU. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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