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Technical Officer (Zoonotic Diseases)
World Health Organization (WHO)
EU/WHE WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
P3 Mid-level Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 14 Jan 2024
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description


The mission of the Division of WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) is to build the capacity of Member States to assess, prevent and manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The WHE Division brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. The Programme is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities.

The main objective of the Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) Programme Area is:

The Infectious Hazard Management Programme Area is responsible for establishing risk mitigation strategies and capacities for priority high-threat infectious hazards. This includes developing and supporting prevention and control strategies, tools and capacities for high-threat infectious hazards, establishing and maintaining expert networks to detect, understand and manage new or emerging high threat infectious hazards as well as providing secretariat support for the management of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.Within IHM, the Experts Networks and Interventions (ENI) Unit provides technical support to countries and WHO country offices in their efforts to deploy adequate risk mitigation strategies and ensure that sufficient capacities are in place to prepare for and manage public health threats through: a) rapid adoption and timely modification of relevant guidelines, novel interventions against emerging pathogens/infections, norms and standards; b) performance management; c) governance processes conducive to specific technical context; d) introduction or strengthening of quality control/quality assurance systems, and e) capacity to coordinate and collaborate across sectors and groups of stakeholders using the One Health approach.



The WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) aims to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Area Manager, IHM, and the direct supervision of the Team Lead, the incumbent is assigned the following:

Provide technical support to member states in foodborne and zoonotic disease outbreak investigation and response, using One Health approach;

Support strategic planning and priority setting for interventions to address zoonoses at regional and country level taking into consideration the One Health approach;

Provide technical assistance and liaise with relevant stakeholders in the epidemiology, assessment, investigation, response to foodborne and zoonotic disease incidents and emergencies;

Support generation of evidence to estimate the burden of foodborne and zoonotic diseases, including antimicrobial resistance (AMR) associated with the food chain;

Support collaboration and coordination with relevant WHO EURO Divisions and programme, Quadripartite partners and other stakeholders in joint efforts to address zoonotic diseases in the WHO EURO Region;

Serve as a technical resource responding to enquiries and providing detailed and technical information including oral presentations, briefing notes or other documents;

Facilitate subnational, national, cross-country and cross-regional capacity-building, learning and sharing of experience in zoonotic diseases;

Undertake field assignments, as needed, during emergencies;

Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.




Essential: University degree in health sciences, veterinary sciences, microbiology, One Health or related field from a recognized university
Desirable: Advanced university degree in health sciences, veterinary sciences, microbiology, One Health or related field from a recognized university. Specialized training in One Health or field epidemiology.


Essential: A minimum of five years' relevant work experience at the national or international levels in addressing health threats originating in the human-animal-environment interface, including outbreak investigation and response
Desirable: Experience in working in low-resource settings. Experience in working with stakeholders from various sectors and backgrounds. Relevant work experience in WHO or other UN agencies will be an advantage.


Good knowledge on the key functions, structures and dynamics of systems to prevent, prepare for and respond to zoonotic diseases. Extensive knowledge and understanding of the One Health approach and how it applies to address zoonotic diseases. Technical competence on assessment, investigation and response to zoonotic disease incidents and emergencies at national and international levels. Good knowledge of zoonotic disease issues in the WHO European Region. Good communication skills both written and oral and ability to write in a clear, concise and effective manner for different audiences. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to multitask and produce results under pressure within short deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal diplomatically with national counterparts using tact, patience and courtesy. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

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


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 64,121 (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 4205 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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