Technical Officer
World Health Organization (WHO)
EM/WHE WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Close on 16 Jul 2020
Location: Cairo (Egypt)
Grade: P2, Entry Professional
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Job Description


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage public health threats and health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and health emergencies and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.


1. Participate in the preparation of technical documents, papers and reports as required by influenza team lead and unit manager

2. Propose, coordinate and implement analytical methods/tools and metrics to support the monitoring and evaluation of strategic technical initiatives

3. Contribute to the development of evidence-informed manuals, guidance, tools, norms and standards for prevention and control of high threat pathogens specific to the Region

4. Support the establishment of partnerships to facilitate knowledge sharing, in particular on influenza and other emerging respiratory diseases

5. Identify knowledge gaps and develop plans to address them

6. Participate in the implementation of planned activities and monitoring of work plan progress

7. Monitor and analyze influenza and other emerging respiratory diseases epidemiological data, and prepare regular updates about the regional situation

8. Collaborate with the transfer of knowledge team to develop user-friendly materials for policy briefings related to emerging and epidemic-prone diseases 9. Act as a focal point for WHO collaborating centers under IHP unit and establish strong collaborations with other institutions addressing various aspects of the public health response to outbreaks

10. Support preparations for- and participate in- meetings and trainings related to the influenza and other emerging respiratory diseases, prepare summary notes and follow up on the implementation of delegated actions and initiatives



Essential: University degree in public health or health related sciences.
Desirable: Master's Degree in public health or health related sciences


Essential: At least two years of experience in public health with specific focus on prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases, research studies and collaboration with partners.
Desirable: Prior experience within the United Nations System and working with the international partners.


1) Professional and ethical behavior with ability to work with tact and discretion. 2) Ability to multi-task and complete jobs, with efficiency and on short notice.

3) Excellent planning and organizational skills.

4) Mature judgement, strong technical, analytical and conceptual skills.

5) Strong capability to work both independently and in close collaboration with the colleagues of WHO offices and other offices.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond


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Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.


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 47,895 (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 1173 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: 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.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • 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: 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.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.


  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line.   For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.  Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible. 

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