World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Programme Officer

( 2206977 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months

Job Posting: Jul 27, 2022, 12:42:06 PM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacities of Member States to manage health emergency risks and,when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Programme supports countries and coordinates international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. The objectives of the Country Readiness Strengthening Department include the development and strengthening of core national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.


Under the supervision and overall guidance of Director CRS, the Programme Officer will do the following:

  • Conduct the programme management and coordinate the administrative and technical programme support initiatives linked to monitoring and evaluation, budget, work planning, and resource mobilization allocation of public health programmes.
  • Develop new strategic Public Health programme policies and agendas for the Department in order to develop new best practices and innovative approaches to policy development.
  • Conduct analysis and dissemination of programmatic Public Health information responding to gaps and needs and document WHO’s role on a number of Public Health topics.
  • Provide advice and guidance on programmatic challenges in implementing Public Health initiatives to external stakeholders, other UN agencies and Member States.
  • Analyse and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of WHO Public Health policies and programmes and recommend new approaches for policy development.
  • Design new evaluation tools to provide the Responsible Officer and Management with critical performance measures necessary to maintain delivery of programme targets, and preparation of reports.
  • Promote the inclusion of Public Health priorities at the international, regional, and/or country level working with other technical entities, specialized institutes and Centres to develop plans of actions.
  • Develop new and strengthen existing external public health partners at the international and/or country level to enable the efficient implementation of Public Health programmes.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced level university degree (Masters level or above) in Public Health, Management, Administration or related field.


Essential: A minimum of seven years of experience working and managing public health programmes providing technical and managerial support on programmatic issues.

Desirable: Experience working in an international organization.


Strong expertise knowledge and skills in the area of Public Health.

Strong skills in writing and drafting policy and reports on Public Health activities.Strong skills in building partnerships.

Strong skills in the administrative processes with a sound understanding of work planning.

Sound skills in utilizing Enterprise Resource Planning Oracle systems or similar packages.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other 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 4631 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 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: (link) Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • 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 final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: (link) 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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