Technical Officer (High Threat Pathogens), New Delhi, India

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: India

City: New Delhi, India

Office: WHO New Delhi, India

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Thursday, 1 October 2020

Technical Officer (High Threat Pathogens)

( 2003728 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : One Year

Job Posting: Sep 22, 2020, 4:26:18 AM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The IHM of WHE SEARO unit is responsible for establishing risk mitigation strategies and strengthening response capacities for high threat infectious hazards.


Under the direct supervision of PAM IHM and overall guidance of RED, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:

Providing technical support to develop regional and country policies, roadmaps, strategies and SoPs related to High Threat Pathogens (HTP);
Providing technical expertise to Member States (MS) with specific focus on Clinical management, infection prevention and control, diagnosis, curative and prevention interventions, medical counter measures related to diseases caused by HTP and other aspects together with HIM, CPI and EMO units;

(a) review of existing literature,

(b) review of secondary data and

(c) research to generate primary data to build evidence base for informed decision making in HTP.

Engage in development of regional training curricula/ training modules and country capacity strengthening through trainings related to HTPs;
Provide technical expertise and coordinate external technical expertise to MS on preparedness and response to Epidemics/pandemics caused by HTP including outbreak response and being deployed to MS for outbreak support Support coordination of the appropriate regional and global expert networks including but not limited to Cholera, Nipah, Meningo-encephalitis, (eg Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the Emerging Disease Clinical Assessment and Response Network (EDCARN));
Collaborate with the Laboratory Focal Point to implement the regional laboratory strategy in a harmonized manner to improve detection and characterization of HTPs for prevention and control of diseases due to HTP;
Monitoring and evaluation of activities related to HTP conducted by WHO and provide technical support to MS for M&E of HTPs;
Assist RED/IHM in resource mobilization for HTP, efficient and effective implementation of funds, grant monitoring and report writing for HTP related grants;
Assist and coordinate with the global programmes relevant to HTP (eg Cholera) to implement global polices and strategies and conduct Monitoring and Evaluation in SEAR MS;
Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping duties as assigned;
Submit an end of assignment report (mandatory).



Essential : Advanced university degree (masters level or above) in Medicine or Public Health related field.

Desirable: Degree, or diploma or advanced training in Infectious Hazards/diseases, High Threat pathogens, Bio security, Infectious Diseases epidemiology.


Essential : At least seven years‘ experience in the management of infectious diseases some of which should have been obtained in an international context.

Desirable: Experience of working with the UN and in a developing country is an advantage.

Functional Skills and Knowledge

Knowledge in infectious hazards, infectious diseases epidemiology, High Threat Pathogens, One Health, Zoonoses, Outbreak management and public Health.

Proven organizational and analytical skills, together with excellent interpersonal skills.

Capacity to promote and implement collaboration and exchange with partners.

Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.

WHO Competencies

Tags cholera global programmes health emergencies infectious diseases monitoring and evaluation resource mobilization trainings

Fostering integration and teamwork

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Producing results

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential : Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Computer literacy.


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 73,516 (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 2016 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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