Technical Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th May, 2019

Job Description


The Convention Secretariat supports Parties in fulfilling their obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (Protocol). In addition, the Convention Secretariat conducts activities to implement the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), with a focus on related intergovernmental processes. The Convention Secretariat has its own workplans and budgets, and reports to the COP and MOP on its implementation. The incumbent's role will be to work in relation to the promotion and implementation of the WHO FCTC and the Protocol as well as activities to prepare for and support COP and MOP.


The incumbent will be a member of the Convention Secretariat's Development Assistance Team. Under the supervision of the Team Leader Development Assistance:

  • S/he will cooperate with other members of the Team and other staff of the Secretariat, as required.
  • S/he will also provide support and carry out activities relating to Development Assistance, with emphasis on Protocol-related matters supporting and identifying opportunities to assist Parties to the Protocol in Needs Assessments, the implementation of the FCTC 2030 project and acting as the lead officer for a number of WHO FCTC Article 15 and Protocol development assistance matters in particular:
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of a strategy on financial resources and mechanisms of assistance to support implementation of the Protocol, in accordance with MOP decision.
  • Coordinate Needs Assessments and other assistance to Parties as assigned by the Team leader with emphasis on the Protocol.
  • Support the preparation of MOP, including the working and expert groups established by MOP as assigned by the Team leader and assist in supporting COP related activities in special linked to article 15 implementation.
  • Be the focal point and coordinate with other UN agencies the support to the implementation of Articles 17 and 18 of the WHO FCTC (alternative livelihoods and protection of the environment).
  • Be the focal point on Article 11 (Packaging and labelling of tobacco products) especially providing responses to requests from Parties for the use of images from existing Convention Secretariat and WHO pictorial health warnings databases.
  • Support the implementation of the FCTC 2030 project in a number of project countries with emphasis on the promotion of the ratification of the Protocol.
  • Support Development Assistance activities relating to the implementation of the WHO FCTC and the Protocol requested by the Team Leader.
  • Carrying out other duties relating to Development Assistance, or as assigned by the Team Leader.



  • Essential: Bachelor degree in Health (medicine or public health), International Development, economics, law or a relevant degree.
  • Desirable: Masters degree in Health (medicine or public health), International Development, economics, law or a relevant degree.


  • Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing projects and providing technical advice to low - and middle- income countries (LMICs) on public health matters. At least 2 years of experience in supporting implementation of evidence-based tobacco control at country-level, and a further 2 years of experience in supporting tobacco control efforts at an international level.
  • Desirable: Track record in supporting LMICs to implement the WHO FCTC, including to promote the ratification and implementation of Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. Experience in delivering projects involving multiple stakeholders at national, regional and global level. Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Protocol and its governing body.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the factors contributing the illicit trade of tobacco.
  • Demonstrable technical skills and experience relating to implementation of WHO FCTC Articles.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience in effective public speaking.
  • Demonstrable project management skills.
  • Ability to develop grant proposals, technical reports and documents in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus.
  • Ability to mobilize resources.
  • Demonstrable capability to act with diplomacy, tact and courtesy.
  • Time management skills.

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of another WHO language.


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