Project Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Project Officer

( 2002174 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration :

5 months

Job Posting: May 20, 2020, 4:10:15 PM

The WHO FCTC is the world’s only health treaty. The Convention Secretariat is a global authority concerning the implementation of the WHO FCTC, and its main functions are to: support Parties in fulfilling their obligations under the Convention its protocols and guidelines;
provide the necessary support to the Conference of the Parties (COP), the governing body of the WHO FCTC;
translate the decisions of the COP into programme activities.

The Convention Secretariat is an entity hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva and cooperates with relevant departments of WHO and other competent international organizations and bodies, and non-governmental organizations accredited as observers to the Conference of the Parties.

The FCTC 2030 project is a five-year official development assistance funded project to support low- and middle-income countries to accelerate the implementation of the WHO FCTC.

The project is being delivered by the Convention Secretariat with official development assistance (ODA) funding. The focus of the FCTC 2030 project is on supporting WHO FCTC Parties that are low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are relevant to tobacco control (particularly SDG

a) through the implementation of WHO FCTC time bound treaty obligations, strengthening taxes and improving tobacco control governance in line with Article 5 of the treaty.


Provide technical input to WHO FCTC Parties to support treaty implementation under the FCTC 2030 project and other mechanisms of support, as appropriate.

Support the delivery of decisions made by the WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties relating to sustainable measures of treaty implementation.

Undertake operational activities to promote WHO FCTC implementation as a means of accelerating development and the achievement of the SDGs, in particular SDG3.a.

Conduct project management for the FCTC 2030 project, to include assisting with the preparation of annual budgets and work plans,manage procurement, and monitoring of performance measures to assure delivery of the project.

Undertake monitoring and evaluation of the FCTC 2030 project, including preparing technical progress reports as required by the donor and other internal reports.

Prepare publications relevant to the implementation of the WHO FCTC and development and the FCTC 2030 project.

Undertaking communications to promote the WHO FCTC and FCTC 2030 project.

Management responsibility for the FCTC 2030 project team assistant. Any other activity requested by the HoS.

Achievement Activities Include: Contribute to developing work plans, evaluate technical progress, prepare project materials & reports, liaise with colleagues from Convention Secretariat, wider UN organizations and WHO FCTC Parties on project priorities and activities, and guide efficacy, achievement of value for money and timeliness of delivery of the FCTC 2030 project.



Essential: A first university degree in Health and Development and/or Public Health.

Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above)in Health and Development and/or Public Health.


Essential: Minimum five years of combined national and international professional experience in project management in the fields of public health and/or international development.

Desirable: Skills

Familiarity with the WHO FCTC;
In-depth knowledge of technical matters relating to the implementation of the WHO FCTC;
In-depth knowledge of the links between development and tobacco control; Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Experience in using project management techniques;
Experience working in an intergovernmental organization will be an advantage.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 60,962 (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 3942 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.

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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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