Technical Officer (Healthy Ageing), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Technical Officer (Healthy Ageing)

( 2102896 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years

Job Posting: Jun 22, 2021, 2:09:20 PM

The mission of WHO’s UHC/Healthier Populations Division is to contribute to reducing healthinequalities and reducing preventable disease and injury caused by environmental, social andeconomic determinants of health. This is achieved through a coordinated inter-sectoral approachaimed at enabling all people to enjoy better health and well-being, in line with the Organization’s13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Within theHEP Division, the Department of Social Determinants of Health (SDH) leads WHO’s efforts onaddressing the social, physical and economic conditions that impact upon health, by compiling and disseminating evidence on what works to address these determinants, building capacity andadvocating for more action. The Department supports Member States and other partners to address violence and unintentional injuries, foster healthy ageing and improve equity and well-being. This will be facilitated through cross-cutting initiatives on improving urban health, addressing economic determinants, and developing strategic frameworks and evidence-based policies. Within the SDH Department, the Unit on Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing (DHA) leads WHO’s multisectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration to improve the social and physical environments that are responsive to demographic change and foster healthy ageing. The main areas of focus are on: 1) supporting voice and community engagement; 2) connecting diverse stakeholders and partnering across sectors; 3) developing evidence, norms and standards; 4) building capacity and multisectoral leadership; 5) developing multisectoral policy; and 6) global advocacy. The Unit jointly coordinates the work on the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030).


Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing, the position holder will play a discernible role in the development of normative documents and their implementation. The incumbent will work closely with ageing-related experts in other departments and the thematic expert leads within the Department for focus areas of health, urban and economic determinants of health.

Provide key specialist input to the work programme in the area of demographic change and healthy ageing in Headquarters and assist the Head of Unit in the successful implementation of national and subnational multisectoral policies and systems.2. Undertake research on demographic change and healthy ageing to facilitate the development, implementation and monitoring of the programmes and activities to develop sustainable age-friendly environments through multisectoral and multistakeholder collaboration.

Conceive, draft, revise and/or further develop guidelines, national strategies and provide recommendations on a plan of action for improvement of the existing policies and programmes for demographic change and healthy ageing.4. Monitor work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.5. Conduct in-depth analyses on data and information collected globally on best practices and partners‘ experiences in implementing sustainable policies and programmes for demographic change and healthy ageing through addressing determinants of healthy ageing and strengthening health and broader systems and disseminate related information.6. Take a lead role in in capacity building in the area of demographic change and healthy ageing, and the management and financing of the systems with a focus on cities and communities.7. Manage the day-to-day operations of the WHO Global network for age-friendlycities and communities and identify opportunities to nurture and develop the network and increase efficiency of operations.

Support the Head of Unit in convening WHO staff involved in demographic change and healthy ageing and addressing social determinants of health in their programmes.9. Provide technical support to and liaise with the senior experts on demographic change and healthy ageing, urban health and the economic determinants of health.10. Serve as the specialist technical resource at counterpart level concerning demographic change and healthy ageing in the country(ies) responding to inquiries and providing detailed and technical information as needed.11. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A advanced level university degree in social sciences, urban health, development, urban planning, public health, public policy or related field relevant to the position.

Desirable: Experience

Essential: At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the area of demographic change and healthy ageing, determinants of health or urban/rural health. Demonstrated experience in facilitating partnerships/project management (including donor reporting) and coordination involving multidisciplinary stakeholder groups. Proven expertise in conducting systematic reviews (including retrieval, synthesis and assessment) and developing global public goods. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: Experience in evidence-based policy-making. Previous work experience with WHO or other UNagency. Publishing experience preferred.


--> Knowledge of country level situations with regard to urbanization and or demographic change and healthy ageing with good understanding of relevant country’s needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO’s policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.--> Ability to conduct research and analyze results, identify issues, formulate--> opinions, make conclusions and recommendations for strengthening multisectoral policies, systems and programmes.--> Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned programme--> and activities.--> Ability to review and revise approaches to monitoring health at community level --> Good interpersonal skills.--> Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field.--> Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners.--> Excellent drafting skills.--> Strategic, efficient, reliable and results orientated while being creative.--> Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation--> and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.--> Team spirit and time management skills.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Moving forward in a changing environment

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Expert 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 74,913 (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 5450 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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Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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