Technical Officer

World Health Organization

Kabul, Afghanistan

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) in the country of Afghanistan is to help, and to coordinate overall country action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of the technical activities and projects related to preventive and treatment of interventions for substance abuse disorders, and addictive behaviors in the country. 
  •  Monitor, and evaluate the project implementation of the activities.
  •  Conduct training and provide technical advice on the IEC (Information Education and Communication) materials related to prevention, treatment and care of people with substance use disorders and co-morbid conditions. 
  • Analyze data of best practices in implementing relevant prevention and control to strengthen evidence-based decision-making for promoting effective and cost-effective prevention and treatment interventions.
  • Compile and analyze data submitted by implementing partners on a monthly basis and recommend actions needed to enhance activities.
  • Conduct field visits to review and ensure quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions and make recommendations regarding WHO’s support.
  • Attend and contribute effectively to the regular meetings with MHPSS TWG (Technical Working Group) and the Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Exchange information with counterparts in technical departments at HQ, Regional and Country Offices, and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) on implementation of policies and strategies related to substance abuse activities.

Required Qualifications​​​​​​​:

  • University degree in Medicine with a specialization in substance abuse or psychiatry


  • At least five years’ relevant experience with proven international exposure in prevention and treatment of substance use disorder substance abuse and /or mental health, including documented experience on training, including medical treatment and organization for treatment of substance use and related disorders. Experience in project coordination in areas of prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, including intersectoral collaboration.


  • Technical knowledge of medical, epidemiological, biological and psychosocial aspects of substance use and associated disorders, including other mental health disorders and health consequences of substance use.
  • Good knowledge of psychopharmacology and pharmacological and psychosocial treatment of substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge of country level situations with regard to field of specialty.
  • Sound judgement and sense of responsibility.
  • Good understanding of relevant country’s needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO’s policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an international environment and knew how to balance work and personal life.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.