Technical Officer (Research for Health)

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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 Research for Health Department sits within the Science Division. The overall mission of the Science Division is to harness the power of science and innovation to improve health in a systematic way, by ensuring the excellence, relevance and efficiency of WHO's core technical functions, including norms and standards and research. Within this Division, the specific purpose of the Research for Health department is to accelerate the impact of ethical, evidence-based research for people's health. Its mandate is structured around three key roles: 1) to provide leadership on matters related to the impact of research on people's health around the world; 2) to ensure that ethics is central to WHO's recommendations to countries, to public health programmes and for clinical practice, with the aim of maximizing benefits while mitigating risks; 3) to secure the overall efficiency and impact of the WHO research process. The Research for Health Department is made up of three teams: (1)Emerging technologies, research prioritization and support, (2) Health ethics and governance, and (3) Evidence to policy and impact.


  • Coordinate and manage the member states and stakeholder engagement in WHO's work related to the clinical trials WHA resolution.
  • Oversee the programmatic and technical implementation of the activities associated with the development of the technical products as required by the WHA resolution on strengthening the quality of evidence from clinical trials, linking as appropriate with other R&D and clinical trials activities within WHO, including mRNA capacity building, R&D blueprint, AMR Research, NTDs, GAP-f, regulation and prequalification, research ethics.
  • Develop work plans, monitor implementation, and produce regular reports on progress made as well as technical reports requested by WHO governing bodies.
  • Organize and facilitate the convening of partners, researchers and stakeholders as well as coordinate the internal and external coordination and management of the consultation processes required to develop the technical products.
  • Provide technical support to the research data policy function including providing support to the development of a WHO research metadata repository, and a managed access committee.
  • Provide technical support to the launch of the implementation of pathogen genome data-sharing principles.



Essential: An advanced level university degree (Masters's level or above) in Public Health, Health Research or a related field. Desirable: PhD in Public Health, Health Research or a related field


Essential: A minimum of seven years experience working and managing public health programmes providing critical programme and managerial support on programmatic issues, including in relation to health research. Demonstrated relevant experience at the international level. Desirable: Experience working in an international organization. Experience in conducting clinical trials for health research.


  • Strong knowledge and skills in the area of research, clinical trials regulations and ethics.
  • Strong skills in writing and drafting policies and reports on Public Health activities.
  • Strong skills in building partnerships.
  • Strong skills in project management with a sound understanding of work planning.
  • Solid understanding of the clinical trials processes and regulations.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Moving forward in a changing environment

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 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 4952 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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