Technical Officer (AMR)
World Health Organization (WHO)
HQ/SPC Surveillance, Prevention and Control
Close on 20 Jul 2020
Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
Grade: P4, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description


The Surveillance, Prevention and Control (SPC) department under the new AMR Division led by an Assistant Director-General, was created to expedite the development and delivery of norms and standards and technical assistance aligned with the strategic objectives of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, and supporting the implementation and monitoring of the national action plans. The department works closely, in a cross-cutting manner, with all relevant parts of the Organization, at Headquarters, regional and country levels, and is actively engaged in leading the technical coordination necessary with internal and external stakeholders to prevent and control antimicrobial resistance. The immediate objective is to expedite technical assistance to countries and regions, including by supporting the implementation of NAPs, and mainstreaming AMR activities into UHC/Primary Health Care plans and health security plans, particularly given the lessons being learnt from the COVID19 response efforts.


1. Lead the development of a strategic and operational plan to mainstream core AMR activities within the existing UHC and PHC strategies, plans and work streams to strengthen health systems.

• Act as HQ focal point on AMR and health systems strengthening, and lead the technical coordination within AMR Division, and across other relevant UHC/PHC and health systems staff at all three levels of the organization;

• Advocate for, and provide technical support to ensure core AMR activities are embedded into UHC/PHC plans and ongoing processes;

• Develop and disseminate appropriate guidance documents, information materials, webinars on AMR and health systems strengthening approaches;

• Support field missions to pilot countries to help operationalize these documents;

• Review existing guidance documents, minimum requirements and tools, and support the development of an “ Essential Package on AMR for PHCs, including a core set of AMR sensitive indicators for PHC and community use;

• Capture best practices, challenges, lessons through articles, technical briefs, policy papers;.

• Provide advice and guidance to countries on opportunities to mainstream AMR into the health plans and budgets of governments and development partners;

• Provide advice and guidance on health systems to the AMR division to optimize opportunities for collaboration and mainstreaming of AMR in health systems at national and international levels.


2. Lead the development and implementation of an operational plan to strengthen AMR activities within the health security plans and processes.

• Act as HQ focal point on AMR and health security, and lead the technical coordination between AMR Division and relevant staff from the health emergencies departments at all three levels of the organization;

• Support the development and review of country health emergency preparedness plans, ensuring the inclusion of core AMR activities and requirements;

• Provide advice and guidance to countries on how they can mainstream AMR into emergency preparedness plans and budgets

• Participate in IHR/JEE missions, and other country missions to evaluate AMR relevant indicators;

• Capture best practices, challenges, lessons, through articles, technical briefs, policy papers.


3. Support the other functions of the National Action Plan and Monitoring Unit (NPM), the SPC Department, and the AMR Division as needed to help achieve the key performance indicators (KPIs) for the Division, and the GPW13 goals.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in medicine or public health.
Desirable: Additional qualifications or expertise in AMR relevant topics (Infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, WASH, health emergencies preparedness and response planning, health systems strengthening, immunization)


Essential: At least 7 years of experience in supporting the planning, development and implementation of public health initiatives in countries, with emphasis on strengthening key health systems. Experience working across different departments and programmes to deliver impact in the field. Proven experience in development and implementation of communication materials, tools, documents for a wide range of national and international stakeholders.
Desirable: Experience in developing and implementing AMR relevant activities in countries, regional or global level. Experience in planning for, and responding to health emergencies. Experience in working with UN agencies, and other national and international stakeholders.


A significant track record in planning for, and implementing activities that support health systems strengthening efforts in countries. Demonstrated expertise in core areas of addressing AMR, and aligning AMR with UHC/PHC strategies, and/ or health security plans at country level. Strong technical leadership capabilities, and ability to coordinate various streams of work to support the key programmatic objectives, and deliver impact in countries. Ability to work with all three levels of the organization, and demonstrate health diplomacy skills needed to coordinate across multiple technical areas and departments. Ability to work independently and in a team to achieve results and goals of the organization. Ability to develop, propose and defend innovative solutions and processes. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

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


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 73,516 (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 4754 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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