Medical Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Thursday, 14 January 2021

Medical Officer

( 2005034 )

Grade : P5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 24 months

Job Posting: Dec 24, 2020, 8:56:59 AM

The World Health Organization’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) includes the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying research priorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights; for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; for collaborating with countries to build national capacity to conduct research; andfor promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. The Department draws on research and global expertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexual and reproductive healthand rights. More information about SRH and HRP can be found at Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit (MPH) is responsible for research and development, innovation, evidence synthesis,development of guidance and implementation tools, provision of specialized technical support, and dissemination of information on evidence-based practices in maternal and perinatal health, including antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.


Under the guidance of the Unit Head, the incumbent will: (1) Provide scientific and technical leadership, coordination and managerial support for the implementation of large-scale research projects in maternal and perinatal health, with an emphasis on the antenatal period. The research projects are epidemiological, discovery,clinical and implementation research type as may be needed. (2) Lead and coordinate the development of evidence-based guidelines in the area of work, including working with partners to synthesize evidence and appraise quality of evidence in accordance with the WHO procedures.(3) Develop knowledge translation strategies for key maternal and perinatal health recommendations for incorporation into country policies and programmes; and collaborate closely with non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, WHO Regional and Country Offices in delivering this task. Support their adaptation and monitoring and evaluation.(4) Undertake proposal development and grant writing and submission to donors and funding agencies in order to increase financial support for WHO’s work in maternal and perinatal health. (5) Manage collaboration and partnerships with relevant organizations and institutions, including other UN Agencies, donor, or research institutions, and WHO Regional and Country offices in order to implement research and guideline priorities in the area of maternal and perinatal health and achieve the objectives of the Unit and Department. (6) Serve as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise. (7) Contribute to operational planning and reporting for the Unit as required for WHO and HRP, working closely with other Unit staff and Unit Head. (8) Perform other related tasks, as assigned by Unit Head, MPH, and Director, SRH.



Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine and a postgraduate qualification in public health, epidemiology, health sciences or a field related to sexual and reproductive health.

Desirable: Ph.D. in one of the above-mentioned fields


Essential: A minimum of 10 years‘ of professional experience in maternal and perinatal health research and/or programmes. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: Field experience in conducting health research in low-or middle-income countries


Extensive, up-to-date medical and scientific knowledge of reproductive health technologies, appropriate evidence-based interventions, services andprogrammes in the field of maternal and perinatal health. Extensive knowledge of research designs especially clinical and implementation research. Research, analytical and scientific writing skills, as evidenced by an extensivetrack record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals in the topic area. Ability to produce results and respond to urgent needs. Proven skills in mobilizing resources and ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, donor institutions, civil society, and other stakeholders

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other UN language.


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 88,162 (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 6575 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.

Tags health programmes human reproduction interdisciplinary research monitoring and evaluation reproductive health research and development translation

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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