Technical Officer (OSL - Medical Devices)

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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 159,379 USD and 205,487 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 75.2% at this the location, applies.

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacityof Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The objective of the Strategic Health Operations Department is to ensure the establishment of strong emergency management system at all three levels of the Organization (based on incident management), implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and availability of a strong logistics and operational support capacity. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries


During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme. While strictly adhering to the WHO standards, the incumbent will - 1. Provide technical guidance to OSL team and technical units regarding biomedical component of the needs assessments of the affected population. 2. Support procurement process by providing biomedical engineering expertise on development and review of technical specifications for medical devices, health equipment and medical consumables, to support the OSL and procurement team. 3. Undertake and complete a full and detailed assessment of all proposals received in response to Invitation to bid (ITB) or Request for quotations (RFQ) from suppliers. 4. Supervision of installation of the medical equipment/systems ensuring the works are carried out as per the design specifications and contracts administrations of installation works. 5. Supervision of testing and commissioning of medical equipment/systems on completion of installations, and the preparation of the commissioning and client's hand-over reports. 6. Prepare and maintain an inventory list of medical equipment 7. Provide support for design, execution and maintenance of quality system processes for medical devices, health equipment and medical consumable. 8. Identify technological opportunities, by gathering intelligence on new technology to ensure access to the most appropriate and cost-efficient medical equipment and devices. 9. Coordinate with HQ desks and technical units and other clinical partners to identify gaps and recommend corrective actions. 10. Ensure close coordination between the clinical management, the IPC and OSL teams. 11. Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor



Essential: Advanced level university degree (Master's level or above) in the engineering field. Desirable: Qualification in Biomedical engineering,


Essential: Minimum 7 years of biomedical and clinical engineering work aligned with a strong understanding of the technical characteristics of medical devices and their needs in different types of health facilities and settings. Work experience gained in an international context. Desirable: Demonstrated work experience with WHO, other UN agencies, recognized humanitarian organizations or nongovernmental organizations. Field experience in biomedical and clinical engineering work in low to middle income countries, humanitarian settings and emergency contexts.


Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners in resource-limited contexts; Proven ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Promoting innovation and organizational learning

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of 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 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 4473 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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