Technical Officer (Clinical Tools), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Thursday, 5 January 2023

Technical Officer (Clinical Tools)

( 2211311 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 9 months

Job Posting: Dec 15, 2022, 12:10:24 PM

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 objectives of the Country Readiness Strengthening Department include the development and strengthening of core national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries. The Health Care Readiness (HCR) Unit enhances readiness measures through the development of technical and clinical care standards addressed from a person-centered and system’s perspective. The unit includes the promotion across partners and regional offices of capacity building and rapid deployment of health care experts and teams as surge capacity to provide both immediate, short-term care in order to reduce the loss of life and prevent long-term disability indifferent emergency scenarios.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Coordinate the pillars multidisciplinary engagement with country/regional level counterparts related to core deliverables of the clinical emergency response, including but not limited to clinical guideline dissemination and implementation, data collection and reporting, biomedical needs assessment and procurement, oxygen assessment and scale up support, clinical and operational training supports; maintaining intervention in accordance with WHO policies, quality standards and standard operation procedures to provide a timely and efficient emergency response.

Conduct coordination with WHO Operational Support Logistics and Procurement teams on all supply and logistical work streams; oversee processes related to rationalization and selection of essential drugs; devices and equipment; appropriate brand/device selection to support emergency response by member states and health partners.

Support and coordinate development of assessment and response materials/tools for the health facilities, organizations and countries to continually assess operational needs and enhance the clinical response, including but not limited to supply forecasting, inventory and consumption tools, medical kit and infrastructure development, monitoring and evaluation tools.

Monitor, analyze, collate and present data on the development of health operations to the team lead to determine strategic changes and support required to achieve specific objectives.

Participate in the development and adaptation of WHO guidelines according to the prevailing operational situation to address the changing health circumstances and unique environments of the individual countries/regions.

Coordinate the continual update of the clinical training channel for the clinical unit on

Ensure internal assessments are performed at agreed intervals, with clear recommendations and follow up on implementation, upon completion of the outbreak for future responses.

Monitor work plans and budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.

Perform any other relevant activities as requested by the supervisor.



Essential: A first level university degree in medicine or nursing or public health or in health policy or health education


Essential: At least five years of professional experience in medicine or nursing, including at least 1 year of professional experience working in the context emergency response. Experience developing public health capacity and policies/strategies, at national and exposure at international levels.

Desirable: Experience or sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals related to outbreaks, emergency risk and crises management or experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.


Knowledge and experience managing outbreak responses

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Ability to work with and/or coordinate a diverse groups of stakeholders

Strong interpersonal, networking and diplomacy skill

Conscientious with ability to take initiative and work independently

Demonstrated knowledge of outbreak response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations affecting several projects and involving the allocation of work, developing/adjusting operational procedures

Excellent skills in assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situation, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation along with providing recommendation on key technical issues

Strong public health and strategic thinking background and skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


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: Intermediate 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 62,692 (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 4106 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.

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