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Programme Officer (OSPO)
World Health Organization (WHO)
HQ/WSE Health Emergency Intelligence & Surveillance Systems
P4 Mid-level Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 3 Apr 2022
Posted 3 months ago
Job Description


The WHO Hub for Pandemicand Epidemic Intelligence is a new office of WHO, located in Berlin. It will work with partners to enable the generation of public health relevant information to provide into timely actionable insights in response to health emergencies; improve decision making in response to public health threats. It also aims to reduce data fragmentation and inefficiency by: creating an ecosystem that promotes collaboration across multiple professional disciplines, sectors,and initiatives; and empower decision makers, public health professionals, and civil society to make informed public health decisions.


  • Provide legal, procurement, technical, programmatic, capacity building and community management advice to open-source software and open data projects and initiatives within the scope and mandate of the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence initiative
  • Lead the development and optimisation of all aspects of the outgoing open-source software development process, including people, their activities and tooling automation
  • Steer involvement in the global open-source software community of practice, build awareness of the WHO open-source strategy and recognition of using, releasing, and contributing to the open-source software initiatives internally within the WHO, and externally throughout global health security initiatives and beyond
  • Work along side Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems and WHO Health Emergency Programme leadership to integrate open-source objectives with the strategic WHO objectives and UN Strategic Development Goals
  • Establish WHO as a leader and actively contributing member of open-source initiatives for supporting the improvement and maintenance of the global health security



Essential: An advanced level university degree in software engineering, computer science or related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Specialization or relevant professional training in information technology law, including open-source software, data protection and related disciplines.



Essential: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the software engineering field with specific experience in managing teams engaged in using, releasing, and contributing to successful and widely recognised open-source software projects. Hands-on experience with multiple programming languages, software development tools, distributed version control systems, GitHub and DevSecOps processes and CI/CD tools. Experience with selection of fit-for purpose open-source software and open data licenses and general open-source compliance issues for projects and initiatives in different domains in private and public sector. Experience working across geographic and cultural boundaries. Demonstrated leadership experience at the international level. Experience with governance processes, including risk management and quality assurance as well as with general management, budgeting, administrative and financial management.

Desirable: Experience establishing and/or managing an Open-Source Programme Office of an organisation with an international reach in a public or private sector. Experience working in a large national, multi-national or international organization with inter-agency collaboration or in WHO, UN, UN Agencies, or other international organisations. Professional software development experience for public health, preferably health surveillance and intelligence decision support systems.





  • In-depth knowledge of the open-source software and open data eco-systems and a balance of passion and pragmatism for open-source software and open data
  • Proficient knowledge of the software licenses and general compliance issues, including the advantages and disadvantages of different proprietary, open-source and dual licensing models
  • Expert knowledge of information and communication technologies and software engineering best practices, including agile frameworks, DevSecOps, cloud native technologies and explainable AI
  • Excellent communication, inter-personal, negotiation, organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to shifting priorities and situations
  • Real passion for improving global health security through development of efficient and effective health intelligence systems on a global scale



WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Promoting innovation and organizational learning



Use of Language Skills

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





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 75,602 (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 2514 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.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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