Technical Officer (Monitoring Nutritional Status and Food Safety Events), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Thursday, 8 October 2020

Technical Officer (Monitoring Nutritional Status and Food Safety Events)

( 2003771 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 year

Job Posting: Sep 17, 2020, 4:49:18 PM

The Department of Nutrition and Food Safety (NFS) is addressing the burden of disease from physical, chemical and microbial hazards in food and unhealthy diets, maternal and child malnutrition, overweight and obesity. The Department aims to ensure universal access to safe, sufficient nutritious food and effective nutrition actions, through setting science-based international food standards, promoting nutrition action in health systems, fostering sustainable food production and consumption, improving food environments and empowering consumers in all situations, monitoring nutrition status, and managing food safety events at the international level, closely working with Member States, UN partner agencies and non-State actors.

The MNF Unit defines indicators and nutrition surveillance systems, hosts and maintain nutrition databases, monitors nutrition trends and measures the impact of country food and nutrition policies. The Unit manages INFOSAN and collaborates with WHE for the management of major food safety events including PHEICs. The Unit provides comprehensive technical guidance and implementation support to Member States in different contexts and population groups. This position will help NFS track the trends in micronutrient status over time, support the work on the development and maintenance of the nutrition integrated platform.


Establish and regularly update a network of data providers for the identification of new survey reports on micronutrients;
Analyze existing data and input new data into the WHO Micronutrients Database depicting national and sub-national data for over 40 indicators, including iron, vitamin A, iodine and folate, for monitoring nutrition status and building capacity in countries to enhance data availability;
Provide technical input and support for the design and development of the new data visualization nutrition integrated platform, as part of the organization’s efforts to strengthen WHO leadership on health data, through harmonizing data visualization and improving mechanisms for data sharing;
Conduct the compilation of data for the development of estimates of micronutrient status that will enable the monitoring of the global nutrition target and SDG

2.3 target on anaemia in women of reproductive age;
Support the analysis and review of data from surveys and research studies that include child anthropometric indicators to feed into the WHO Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition;
Liaise with WHO IMT counterpart to ensure anthropometric estimates are uploaded into XMART platform, which will allow for automated updates of those indicators in WHO data repositories;
Conduct the maintenance of the Nutrition Landscape information System (NLIS);
Manage the checking/testing of updates of the WHO Global Nutrition Targets Tracking Tool and other nutrition monitoring tools;
Perform other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first university degree in public health, with a focus on epidemiology and nutrition or closely related field relevant to the functions of the position.

Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in public health, with a focus on epidemiology and nutrition from a recognized institution.



At least 5 years of experience in health sciences, working in the field of epidemiology and nutrition.

Within this experience at least 3 years of experience conducting data collection and database management.

Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: -


Knowledge and skills on methods for the assessment of micronutrient status.

Excellent skills in Computer Applications such as advance Excel, data entry and performing structured literature searches.

Ability to work independently as well as in close collaboration with different nationalities, scientific areas and cultural backgrounds.

Ability to focus and pay close attention to details.

Tags computer applications data collection data entry data sharing data visualization database management food and nutrition food production food safety food standards health systems

Strong skills in the area of data collection and database management.

Acquaintance with the common WHO data platform XMART, nutrition databases, as well as the WHO monitoring tools, is desirable.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


Intermediate knowledge of French.

Intermediate knowledge of Spanish.


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 4511 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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