Technical Officer, Standby Partners, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Technical Officer, Standby Partners

( 2103732 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months

Job Posting: Aug 18, 2021, 1:17:44 PM

The Department of Human Resources and Talent Management (HRT) is responsible for providing a sound, well managed, responsive and efficient organization-wide Human Resources Management strategy, global HR policy and advisory services and operational HR measures which support the work of WHO and its member states, encompassing, but not limited to: HR Policy Development, Organizational Design and Job Classification, Talent Acquisition and Talent Management (including Workforce Planning, Succession Planning, Global staffing, Career Development and Training, Rotation and Mobility), application of the UN Common System’s Compensation and Benefits, HR Legal Advisory Services, Administration of Justice, Global staff/management relations, and representation of WHO in inter-agency UN Common System HR initiatives.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

Deployment Coordination:

liaise with Regional and Country Offices on surge requirements to identify/source and deploy Standby or other surge candidates;- revise and/or update standards for the deployment of Standby Partner personnel and other surge personnel in collaboration with HR departments, as well as SOPs, tools and guidelines, including but not limited to requirements such as key knowledge, experience and skills.

Information Management and Secretariat Functions:- maintain a database on Standby Partner surge requests and deployments as a source to analyse and identify trends and gaps in expertise;- proactively produce reporting documents;- assess and map Standby Partners capacity;- design communication and advocacy materials, manage the Standby Partnerships website, proposing innovative ways to improve information dissemination.

Technical Standards and Quality Assurance:- propose and define activities for monitoring and evaluation of SBP deployments and participate in field missions in order to assess needs, results and gaps, recommending alternative and/or improved actions.

Readiness and RO/CO Support:- encourage and foster the use of Standby Partnerships within WHO/HQ, Regional and Country Offices through awareness-raising, or desk and simulation activities, to promote full and comprehensive collaboration to ongoing activities and future interventions by the Standby Partnerships and Human Resources Unit.

Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: A first level university degree in human resources management, public or business administration, social science, development studies, emergency management or humanitarian assistance and interventions.

Desirable: A first level university degree or studies in communication, media.


Essential: At least five years‘ experience in development or humanitarian operations with the UN and/or NGOs in program management, operations support or emergency deployment coordination. A minimum of two years of demonstrated relevant experience at the international level.

Desirable: Experience in emergency operations and inter-agency collaboration. Experience or knowledge of Standby Partnerships or surge activities.


Strong organizational and analytical skills with ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure. Demonstrated ability to write and synthesize technical information and communication materials in a clear and concise manner.Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a variety of stakeholders.Good organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work and produce results under pressure and meet deadlines. Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, tact and discretion. Sound judgment and initiative. Knowledge of latest IT based recruitment systems.Good skills in ERP systems.

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: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO 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 62,120 (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 4328 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.

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.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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