Public Health Officer in World Health Organization Genf, Schweiz

Full Time

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The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacities of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Programme supports countries and coordinates international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. The objectives of the Country Readiness Strengthening Department include the development and strengthening of core national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries. The Readiness Assessment and Prioritization Unit aims to support Member States to strengthen operational readiness for assessed imminent threats in prioritized settings with high vulnerabilities and low capacities towards minimizing the impact of the crisis or risk, and towards a sustained recovery.

Description Of Duties

  • Provide input to the work program in the area of Public health in the Country Readiness Strengthening Department at headquarters and assist the Responsible Officer in the successful implementation of national health systems and/public health policies.
  • Undertake research on the public health topics to facilitate the development and implementation of the public health programmes and activities.
  • Draft, revise and further develop public health guidelines, national strategies and provide recommendations on a plan of action for improvement in the existing public health policies and health systems.
  • Monitor work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.
  • Conduct data analyses and information on best practices and partners’ experiences in implementing sustainable Public health systems and disseminate information.
  • Participates in capacity building in the area of Public health systems and the management and financing of the systems.
  • Analyze and evaluate best practices from a variety of public health databanks and information related to disease outbreak; identify disease sources and provide recommendations concerning appropriate response to identified risks, and implementation of preventative measures and prepare reports.
  • Conducts a variety of community outreach activities concerning the extension of health-care networks.
  • Serve as a technical resource at counterpart level concerning communicable diseases in the country(ies); respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures.
  • Collaborate, with the technical leads, other unit members and other units, in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the technical, operational and HR work plans.
  • Develop an integrated and interlinked approach with units within CRS and other units within WHO that strengthen country readiness assessment, planning, policy and implementation.
  • Provide support to the CRS Director and Unit Heads for development and management of online project monitoring system including document reference management.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications


Essential: A first level university degree in health (medicine or public health).


Essential: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience in public health, developing public health capacity and policies/strategies that promote health and preventative measures, investigation, surveillance, preparedness and control of various diseases. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: Experience at the country level.


  • Knowledge of country level situations with regard to public health systems development and management with good understanding of relevant country’s needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO’s policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze results, identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations for strengthening health care systems.
  • Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Excellent knowledge of Health care systems and safety regulations.
  • Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of specialty.
  • Public speaking techniques.
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills.
  • Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
  • Team spirit and time management skills.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Ensuring the effective use of resources

Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other 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 62,692 (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 3709 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.

Additional Information

  • 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 accreditedecognized 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.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • For information on WHO’s operations please visit:
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.



Contractual Arrangement

Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days)

1 year

Job Posting

Dec 1, 2022, 3:13:45 PM

Closing Date

Dec 23, 2022, 4:29:00 AM

Primary Location



HQ/CRS Country Readiness Strengthening



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Company: World Health Organization

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Genf, Schweiz

Application Deadline: N/A

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