Technical Officer (Testing, Prevention and Populations)

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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 Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes (HHS) hosts the WHO's Global HIV Programme, the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) as well as the Global Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Programme. The programmes are guided by the Global Health Sector Strategies on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections (GHSS) 2022-2030 to be approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2022. The programmes have the following strategic directions: 1) Deliver people-centred evidenced-based services; 2) Optimise systems, sectors and partnerships for impact; 3) Generate and use data to drive decisions and action; 4) Engage empowered communities and civil society; and 5) Foster innovations for accelerated action. The 2022-2030 GHHS's are linked to achieving the goals of the 2016-2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (or the Sustainable Development Goals), in particular, the goals of ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; and achieving universal health coverage and healthy lives and well-being for alleges by 2030. The objective of all three Programmes is to lead an effective, organization-wide effort to support Member States in implementing the GHSS. The programmes provide technical and strategic leadership and leverage the capacity of other headquarters departments to contribute to elimination. The programme also works closely with WHO Country Offices, through the Regional Offices in order to maximize WHO's impact in the context of the General Programme of Work 13(GPW13) guided by the “Triple Billion” targets related to universal health coverage, protection from health emergencies, and promotion of better health and well-being for all.


  • Provide technical support in the development and updating of all new WHO normative and implementation guidance on HIV, Hepatitis and STI testing services, including but not limited to the development of a proposal to the guideline review committee, and guideline development group, conducting and overseeing commissioned systematic reviews, synthesizing evidence, technical writing of guidelines and recommendations, coordinating guideline meeting, lead contact for launching final approved WHO guidelines as decided by TPP Coordinator and HIV senior management.
  • Provide technical and capacity-building support to regions and countries on the implementation of the norms and standards, including HIV self-testing, dual HIV/syphilis rapid testing, active syphilis testing (e.g. treponemal/non-treponemal rapid tests), and transition away from western blotting to support scale-up of rapid ART initiation and PrEP initiation.
  • Support national advocacy agendas based on the latest evidence to alter testing policies, national algorithms, and regulatory systems to include HIV self-testing, HCV self-testing and dual and multiplex tests.
  • Support the development of work on multiplex testing and piloting of implementation tools for HTS across HIV, VH and STIs in PHC (including in ANC as part of the triple elimination agenda) and community settings.
  • Provide coordination support to the stakeholder's meetings and other networks, which includes providing technical and administrative input to convening meetings, capacity building, report writing and WHO publications, as well as donor proposal writing and reporting.
  • Work with WHO Pre-qualification (PQ) and relevant stakeholders to accelerate the approval processes of HIV RDTs rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and enable public and private sector procurement of quality-assured HIV and HCV self-test kits.
  • Provide technical support to monitoring and evaluation related to testing services and modelling/forecasting as needed.
  • Makes sure that the testing webpages are kept up to date as well as the Apps as applicable.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



Essential: University degree in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology biology, human laboratory science or an equivalent university degree. Desirable: Masters in public health, epidemiology or equivalent.


Essential: Five years of experience in the area of communicable diseases of which two years in testing and service delivery and in LMICs (Low and middle-income countries). Desirable: Experience in public health institutions and/or experience in health systems at a regional or international level. Two years of record in providing regional country support on differentiated service delivery for HIV Testing Services.


  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • Project management and networking skills for donor-funded projects.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Beginners knowledge of French. Beginners knowledge of another WHO official language ((Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and/or Russian).


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 4451 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 TA 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 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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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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