Technical Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Swaziland

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th March, 2020

Job Description

The WHO Department for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) is responsible for global leadership, coordination, guidance and technical support to reduce premature mortality and morbidity from NCDs, burden of sensory impairments and oral health through prevention and integrated service delivery, treatment, surveillance, rehabilitation, monitoring and research. The Department also leads WHO's work on disability.The department provides overall coordination brings together the work on NCD prevention, control and rehabilitation as well as on disability from across the departments and from the three levels of the organization. The work in the field of disability is guided by the WHO Global Disability Action Plan 2014-2021 and the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS).

  • Participate in the development of technical materials to support the mainstreaming of disability across WHO's health programs and areas.
  •  Develop evidence-based advocacy documents to support the theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
  •  Undertake research on disability and health topics to facilitate the implementation of all activities of the disability programme.
  •  Monitor work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.
  •  Conduct capacity building in the area of disability.
  •  Serve as a technical resource providing in putto the counterpart level concerning disability in the country(ies);respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures.
  •  Prepare and deliver oral presentations; compile, prepare and distribute related informational materials.
  •  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 disability activities.
  •  Review and ensure quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions and make recommendations regarding WHO's support.
  •  Create technical content and materials appropriate for the WHO website.
  •  Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • Essential: A first level university degree in a Health related field (such as public health, rehabilitation, or epidemiology).
  • Desirable: Advanced university degree in disability studies or international relations.


  • Essential: At least five years of professional experience in disability-inclusion technical and capacity development at organizational and programmatic level. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
  • Desirable: First hand experience working with organizations of persons with disabilities.


  • Excellent knowledge and skills in disability and health with good understanding of relevant country's needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures of other programmatic areas.
  • Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Ability to review documents and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Proven knowledge of technical aspects in disability. Public speaking techniques. Excellent drafting and communication skills. Commitment to disability mainstreaming. Ability to conduct research and integrate evidence in advocacy documents.
  • Team spirit and time management skills.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
  • Desirable:

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 60,962 (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 3973 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.


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