Technical Officer

WHO, Budapest, Hungary

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th October, 2020

Job Description

The Global Board of Appeal (GBA) is a peer-review body which offers a formal venue for WHO staff members to appeal against final administrative decisions or actions affecting their appointment status. The GBA reviews staff members' appeals in facts and in law, and reports its findings and recommendations to the Director-General with whom the final decision rests. In addition, the GBA issues analyses of patterns, statistics, lessons learnt and/or recommendations on issues raised in appeals and potential improvements to be made to internal processes and procedures so as to avoid future appeals. The Secretariat of the GBA functions as the GBA's registrar office and provides legal, procedural, training and administrative support to the GBA, its Chair and the GBA members.


  • Under the supervision of the Chair GBA, the incumbent advises staff on the appeals process, alternate solutions, or possible mechanisms of resolution. S/he monitors the smooth running of the cases he/she is responsible to ensure appeal processes are carried out within the statutory timeframe. Drafts written responses on non-routine matters to be signed by Chair GBA. Attends GBA meetings. Drafts and finalizes GBA Report and Recommendations for signature by the Board Members to be submitted to the Director-General or Executive Director, UNAIDS. Provides administrative and legal support to the GBA. Examines pleadings and other relevant documents. Prepares case summaries, briefings and chronologies. Conducts legal research and provides background information regarding the WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, relevant WHO policies, previous Headquarters Board of Appeal (HBA) and Regional Boards of Appeal (RBA) cases or ILO Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) jurisprudence as appropriate. Acts as resource person to all parties involved in the appeal to answer any procedural questions that may arise. In consultation with Chair GBA, contributes to the organization of the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Appeal. Participates in working groups related to the internal justice system on behalf of the Board at the request of the Chair GBA. Performs all other related duties as assigned.




  • First level university degree in law.


  • Admittance to the Bar of a Member State or an equivalent qualification to practice law in a Member State.



  • At least five years combined national/ international experience in labour dispute, or human resources fields with a focus on legal issues; experience in legal research and the analysis and application of rules, regulations and policies.


  • Experience in WHO or other agency of the UN family. Knowledge of the ILO Tribunal case law (ILO Triblex database).


  • Thorough knowledge of administrative policies and practices in the UN system. Knowledge of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations and WHO Staff Manual is an asset. Knowledge of legal practice associated with labour jurisprudence and familiarity with ILOAT jurisprudence. Proven skills in drafting clear-cut reports of a legal nature and proven skills to communicate complex issues of a legal/administrative nature clearly, understandably and geared towards the respective target audience. Demonstrated ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment. Ability to work closely in harmony with stakeholders of different cultures and backgrounds, specifically staff in distress. Ability to work as a leader as well as member of team. Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision or guidance.

WHO Competencies


  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Teamwork
  • Producing results
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of French.


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