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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 AMR Surveillance, Prevention & Control department under the Assistant Director General AMR was created to coordinate the implementation of the global action plan on antimicrobial resistance adopted by the World Health Assembly. The goal of the department is to ensure that all relevant parts of the Organization, at Headquarters, regional and country levels, are actively engaged and coordinated in promoting work on containing antimicrobial resistance as requested in the resolution adopted by the WHA.


-Develop integrated, multisectoral surveillance models to assess the spread of AMR in the context of a One Health approach through collaboration with partners within and outside WHO.

-Lead the development of technical tools for national reference laboratories to support national AMR surveillance and facilitate the participation of surveillance sites from all regions.

-Manage WHO initiatives to strengthen national/regional laboratory capacities for antimicrobial resistance surveillance.

-Conduct and managethe work on the application of new technologies for the identification of AMR in common human bacterial pathogens, including phenotypic and non-phenotypic methods, to support AMR surveillance globally. -Ensure the development of sentinel sites, including the application of molecular methods and epidemiological tools in all regions to conduct special surveillance studies to assess the impact of AMR on human health.

-Develop proof of principle protocols to test implementation of AMR surveillance and inform sustainable implementation of AMR surveillance in limited resource settings.

-Support the establishment of sentinel surveillance sites in limited resource settings to inform investment needs for sustainable implementation of AMR surveillance in limited resource settings.

-Promote and represent WHO's work related to AMR within the UN system and with other relevant international organizations, partners and Member States.

-Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential:  Advanced level university degree (i.e., Master level or above) in public health or health and health sciences related field, combined with a first university degree in medical technologies or health related field.
Desirable: Training in human microbiology, including laboratory procedures for AMR surveillance. Training in molecular methods to identify AMR mechanisms (e.g., sequencing methods, metagenomics) applied to surveillance of pathogens.


Essential: At least 7 years of combined national and international experience at a senior technical level in major programmes or activities related to epidemiology of AMR. Experience in assisting low and middle-income countries (as per World Bank classification) to develop laboratory capacities for AMR surveillance.
Desirable: Proven experience in assessing impact of infectious diseases on human Health.  Documented experience of development of research projects, programmes and policies.


Sound knowledge of AMR mechanisms, including phenotypic and genotypic expression, data collection and analysis of antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Expert knowledge of the WHONET software, and basic knowledge and skills in other computer applications such as Access, MS excel. An understanding of international public health. Excellent communication and presentation skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French and or Spanish.


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.


  • 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.
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  • 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.

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