Project Officer - (1801111)


Grade: P3

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 2 years

Job Posting

: Apr 9, 2018, 12:43:19 PM

Closing Date

: Apr 30, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Switzerland-Geneva


: HQ/NVI Mgmnt NCDs, Disability, Violence & Injury Prevention


: Full-time  

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The Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI) advances global health through the prevention of violence, injury, vision and hearing loss; the management of NCDs; and the improvement of the quality of life for people with disability. The Noncommunicable Diseases Management Unit's main mission is to provide leadership and technical guidance for development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, plans and programmes for management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, in collaboration with Member States and internal and external partners. The objective of the programme is to support delivery of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs including the strengthening of cardiovascular disease management as a component of integrated treatment through the life course.


The incumbent will work in cooperation with, and under the guidance of the relevant manager to ensure the smooth running of the cardiovascular component of the RESOLVE initiative at WHO, specifically:

- Serve as the focal point for the cardiovascular component of RESOLVE from WHO (CVD, reduction of salt and elimination of trans-fats).

-  Ensure coordination between WHO HQ departments, regional offices and country offices: hold regular coordination meetings, share information, liaise with Directors and WRs on regular basis, coordinate the development of workplans, support their implementation and facilitate their monitoring intervene and provide support should challenges arise or delays occur. 

- Liaise with the donor: ensure regular communication; coordinate and facilitate timely and accurate reporting, participate in donor meetings.

- Ensure smooth relations with all partners involved.

- Provide technical support and/or coordinate appropriate support to implementing countries from relevant teams as needed.

- Be responsible for communications (internal and external) relating to the cardiovascular component of the initiative.



Essential: A first level university degree in science, natural sciences or public health, medicine, epidemiology or health policy.
Desirable: An advanced university degree in public health epidemiology or health policy.


Essential: At least five years of relevant experience in NCDs, including project management and report writing, of which at least one year at international level or under the auspices of an international organization.
Desirable: Experience in the development and implementation of public health programmes. Experience in working in any areas related to public health, preferably NCDs.  Proven experience with managing projects in any area related to NCDs. Experience with project monitoring and evaluation and experience with engaging key stakeholders.


Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Excellent communication skills (oral and written). Able to coordinate, plan and implement projects and activities with minimum supervision but work equally well as part of a team. Manage and expand global partnerships and programme implementation in countries through partners. Proven skills of working with various stakeholders at national, regional or international levels, excellent knowledge of public health interventions, good skills in report writing, literature reviews, data analysis and project management. Familiarity with developing country needs.

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 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 59,151 (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 4116 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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