Medical Officer
World Health Organization (WHO)
HQ/GTB Global Tuberculosis Programme
Geneva (Switzerland)
Grade: P4, Mid-level Professional
Occupations: General Support, Healthcare
Closing soon: 3 Feb 2021
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Job Description


The Global Tuberculosis Programme (GTB) leads and guides the global effort to end the TB epidemic through universal access to people-centred prevention and care, multisectoral action and innovation. GTB specifically: 1) provides global leadership to end TB through strategy development, political and multisectoral engagement, strengthening review and accountability, advocacy, and partnerships, including with civil society; 2) shapes the TB research and innovation agenda and stimulates the generation, translation and dissemination of knowledge; 3) develops policy options, norms and standards for TB prevention and care and facilitates their implementation; 4) provides specialized technical support for Member States and partners, working with WHO regional and country offices to catalyse change and build sustainable capacity; and 5) monitors, evaluates and reports on the status of the TB epidemic and progress in financing and implementation of the End TB Strategy at global, regional and country levels.


1. Contribute to high quality analytical work and policy development for TB prevention with particular emphasis on treatment of TB infection. 2. Ensure quality monitoring and evaluation of TB preventive activities in collaboration with key stakeholders, including implementation of digital tools. 3. Contribute to the generation of quality annual data and report as part of the Global TB Control Report. 4. Provide specialized technical assistance to Regional and Country offices and Member States in the implementation of TB preventive activities, engaging with donors, WHO collaborating centres and other technical partners. 5. Coordinate the development of materials for training, including eLearning and other electronic tools for skills development on TB preventive treatment and other preventive action. 6. Perform other duties as needed and requested by the supervisor.



Essential: Degree in medicine with a post-graduate specialization in public health or a relevant area.
Desirable: Training in TB control or research methodology.


Essential: At least 7 years professional experience in the prevention and control of TB, including experience of management of TB infection and international experience in working with UN and/or international NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies.
Desirable: Previous experience of working in the developing countries on TB. At least 3 years of experience in working in WHO or another international organization in the field of health at different levels.


Knowledge of public health and infectious disease control policies and health systems in low-income settings. Demonstrated integrity, diplomatic skills and discretion, and high level of ability as a team player in international, multi-agency collaborative environment. Proven ability to write clear strategic and technical health-related documents, and excellent writing skills in English. Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities. Skills in strategic planning, policy development, management of projects, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; research; training and network development.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

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 5483 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.
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  • 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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