Technical Officer (Border Health & Points of Entry), Lyon, France

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: France

City: Lyons

Office: WHO IARC Lyons

Grade: P-3

Closing date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Technical Officer (Border Health & Points of Entry)

( 2211728 )

Grade : P3

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

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

Job Posting: Jan 24, 2023, 4:28:22 PM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacities of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Programme supports countries and coordinates international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. 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 Border Health and Mass Gathering Unit aims to support Member States in building and strengthening capacities for preparedness, readiness, response and recovery to public health events related to Points of Entry, international travel, population movements across borders and in the context of mass gatherings, in line with the provisions of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:

Support international collaboration, networks, assessments and planning of activities for global functions related to travel, tourism and transportation and public health capacity building at points of entry, including during public health emergencies, under the IHR (2005).

Provide substantial contribution to activities related to the implementation of capacities at points of entry and of travel and transport IHR related activities with regard to public health measures, travel health documents, technical requirements for conveyances on travel and health.

Develop/participate in the development of and disseminate technical guidance and tools, in close collaboration with a broad range of professionals and institutions inside and outside WHO.

Develop/participate in the development of and implement global learning programs with the aim of implementing and monitoring IHR at points of entry.

Participate in activities related to support information sharing through specialized networks and databases for international collaboration and foster global partnerships in the area of points of entry between Member States and WHO, in collaboration with international organizations, public health authorities and experts inside and outside WHO.

Perform capacities assessment and planning for points of entry.

Promote multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities to facilitate full participation within and outside WHO/WHE/CRS and key partners.

Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping.



Essential: A first university degree in biological science, public health, or related domain.

Desirable: Training in one or more of the following fields: health surveillance, public health emergency preparedness, travel and health, hygiene and sanitation at points of entry (ports, airports, ground crossings), ship sanitation inspection, food safety and vector control


Essential: At least five years of experience of work in international travel and transport/ points of entry public health issues.

Desirable: Experience of working with international partners. Experience of working in developing countries. Working experience outside home country.


Demonstrated knowledge of public health, complemented by an understanding of the IHR (2005) and of international travel and transport at points of entry issues.

Knowledge of other relevant international agreements on travel and transport and points of entry.

Excellent communication skills in liaising with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner.

Excellent presentation skills. Tact, discretion and diplomacy.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.

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 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 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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