Technical Officer

Technical Officer - (1801822)  

Grade: P3

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 12 months

Job Posting

: May 9, 2018, 10:58:19 AM

Closing Date

: May 30, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Switzerland-Geneva


: HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals


: Full-time  

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The mission of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) is to work towards a world in which all people are vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases. The overall work of the department is distributed in three main areas:Initiative Vaccine Research Team (IVR) that provides leadership on the research activities to develop new or improved vaccines against diseases of public health importance and to facilitate their introduction and use.Immunization policy that provides guidance and norms for vaccine roll-out. The Expanded Programme on Immunization Team (EPI) aimed at maximizing access to high quality immunization services, strengthen surveillance systems, and establishes links to other interventions.


- Support coordination and implementation of the global external quality assessment (EQA) programmes for Invasive Bacterial Diseases (IBD), Rotavirus (RV) and Measles-Rubella laboratory networks and potentially other VPDs such as yellow fever in liaison with the WHO regional offices to ensure that all participating laboratories are enrolled in the yearly proficiency testing panels surveys and monitoring the outcome of annual surveys, and evaluating the progress of laboratories over time.

- Participate in the coordination ofcontractual agreements between WHO and global reference laboratories and other partnering laboratories and draft the letters of agreement with identified terms of reference and timelines for specific activities.

- Assist in the coordination of the global paediatric diarrheal diseases surveillance and potentially other VPDs networks and communicate with regional offices and countries to ensure timely implementation of activities to reach the EPI surveillance programmes objectives.

- Provide support to conduct global and regional laboratory workshops to enhance laboratory capacities for VPDs diagnosis as needed.

- Analyse RV, IBD and other VPDs laboratory and epidemiologic data submitted to WHO headquarters and produce summary data to be included in the WHO bulletins and other reports and publications.

- Support the Global Measles Rubella Laboratory Network accreditation programme and the WHO qualification process of measles and rubella serologic assay.

- Perform all other related duties as assigned.

- Provide support to coordination and implementation of activities to the global laboratory and surveillance networks for new vaccines surveillance and measles-rubella and other VPD laboratory networks on ad-hoc basis as priorities arise during the assignment.



Essential: First university degree in Public Health, Laboratory Science or relevant related fields.
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level of above) in Public Health, Laboratory Science or relevant related fields Additional training in epidemiology and data analysis and statistical software such as STATA and R.


Essential: At least five years' work experience in the health sector (either public or private), including demonstrated work experience within the context of low-resource country settings. Working experience in the one or more of the following areas: surveillance, laboratory networks, quality assurance systems and data analysis. Demonstrated experience in working in program coordination and implementation in the health sector.
Desirable: Experience with the implementation of external quality assessment and accreditation for laboratories and proven analytical skills for laboratory molecular data.


- Knowledge of vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance systems.

- Strong knowledge of laboratory networks and laboratory methodology and quality assurance/quality control.

- Strong analytical and writing skills to identify critical technical issues and prepare a variety of documents.

- Experience in managing data and producing graphics.

- Ability to work as a team member, and sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment.

- Proven ability to work towards deadlines and within budget constraints, in collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders.

- Excellent oral communication skills.- Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skills.

- Conscientiousness with ability to take initiative and work independently.

- Familiarity with the UN system, including knowledge of WHO country, regional and global functions.

- Proven writing skills and excellent

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

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 3983 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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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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