Technical Officer

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : Within WHO Programme Budget Category 5 "Preparedness, Surveillance and Response" and under the Programme area "Alert and Response Capacities" the objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response are to support national IHR capacity assessment, development and maintenance as well as to ensure further development and maintenance of an effective international system that is able to continuously assess the global context of public health risks (global risk assessment) and is prepared to respond rapidly to unexpected, internationally-spreading events and to contain specific public health threats. The objective of the office of the Director, Programme Management, Partnership, Advocacy and Communication is to support the WHO's global mission by working in partnership with management and staff to fulfil the Organization's financial and evolving human resources, advocacy, information, IT development and operation, and by ensuring the appropriate level of fund raising, for the efficient delivery of its two technical units. Description of duties: Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities: - Write/compile and edit project proposals for the Department's needs and prepare agreements as necessary.- Write/compile and edit technical content of donor proposals and reports.- Prepare and maintain library of generic and specific proposals. - Write and coordinate preparation of documents pertaining to the Programme Budget, i.e. planning, assessment, mid-term reviews, audit responses (etc.).- Draft and edit departmental briefings to ADG and DG.- Proceed with translation as per the needs of the Department.- Prepare executive summaries of literature and documents for senior management.- Prepare policy briefs, background papers for various departmental activities.- Write and review advocacy documents in relation to International Health Regulations and Global Heath Security.- Perform administrative functions in relation to implementation of donor agreements.- Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping for others within and outside the team. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: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 these will be reviewed individually.Essential:First university degree in project management or administration, communication, information management, or economics or related field.*Desirable:Advanced university degree in related field.*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220. Skills: Demonstrated writing and communication skills combined with ability to understand technical issues in the field of public health as well as financial issues. Excellent organizational and analytical skills. Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities and to work productively under pressure and to adhere to tight deadlines. Other skills:Proven ability to write documents, including tabular materials, in a clear, concise and accurate manner. Good IT skills and ability to master new technologies with ease. Good presentation skills.WHO competencies:Communicating in a credible and effective wayBuilding and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyondEnsuring the effective use of resourcesProducing resultsFostering integration and teamworkTechnical expertiseOverall attitude at work Experience: Essential:At least 5 years' experience in project administration, communication, writing. Desirable: Experience in WHO.Experience with resource mobilization. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable:Intermediate knowledge of French. Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only.WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (To learn more about WHO's operations ) Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. Post Adjustment: 89.5 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-09-17

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