Technical Officer (Newborn Health)

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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 134,592 USD and 176,238 USD.

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The Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing supports a world where by 2030, every woman, newborn, child, adolescent and aging person in every setting realizes their rights to physical and mental health and well-being. This will be achieved by supporting WHO's General Programme of Work and universal health coverage for all. The department provides support to countries with a focus on high burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing (MNCAH&A), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH&A interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children, adolescents, young adults and older people, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.

The purpose of the position is to support the coordination of the Every Newborn Action Plan and Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (ENAP EPMM) partnership with a specific focus on supporting the implementation of high impact interventions through the Country Implementation Group, supporting advocacy and tracking and monitoring. This includes the development of guidance and tools for strategy, policy, planning, implementation and monitoring. The position is also required to provide technical assistance to countries and partners engaged in the global Network to Improve Quality of Care for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Network. QoC aims at improving the basics of health care delivery for MNCH in primary, secondary and tertiary health serving settings.


  • Support the coordination of the strategic activities and operations of ENAP EPMM including its three working groups on Implementation, Monitoring and Learning and Advocacy with a focus on supporting country implementation.
  • The incumbent will ensure linkages with work conducted within the QoC Network.
  • Provide technical assistance to ENAP EPMM in the development and implementation of national strategies and action plans and creation of local multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Build capacities of country partners and stakeholders for implementation of high impact interventions and standards of QoC and quality improvement interventions.
  • Support the development of the QoC Network global learning platform, including the establishment of functional learning platforms at national level.
  • Support the development of the evidence-based analysis to inform programmatic approaches for improving coverage and QoC in MNCH services, and contribute to the design of innovative tools for strengthening country capacity for achieving equitable coverage and QoC.
  • Prepare a package of normative and implementation guidance for countries to use in the design of national strategies and action plans to improve equitable coverage and QoC in MNCH services and build local capabilities for implementation including around scaling up MNCH commodities.
  • Support the implementation of the various technical projects under the umbrella of the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, and the realization of the WHO vision for improving quality of maternal, newborn and child care.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the supervisory line.



Essential: A first university degree in a health-related area from a recognized university. Desirable: Advanced university degree in Medicine, Public Health or related discipline.



  • A minimum of five years of health-related work experience, including working with maternal, newborn and child health programmes in the context of developing countries.
  • Relevant work experience at international level.


  • Experience in the development of normative guidance and programme implementation tools.

  • Experience in working for development programmes in emergencies or crises situation.
  • Experience working in an international (multilateral) organization.
  • Experience inconducting evidence reviews.


  • Good knowledge of global maternal, newborn and child health issues, quality of care and policy development.
  • Knowledge of the operations of WHO.
  • Good communication skills both written and oral.
  • Excellent organizational and programme management skills.
  • Ability to function effectively in a team setting in a cross-cultural environment.

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.


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 4531 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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.

  • In the event 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.

  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and E-Manual.

  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.

    The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce . Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to [email protected]

  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter ( into practice.
  • 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 short-listed candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
  • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • *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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