Technical Officer at World Health Organization – University of Copenhagen

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02 June 2017

Technical Officer at World Health Organization

Contractual Arrangement Fixed-Term Appointment
Contract Duration One Year
Closing Date June 7 2017 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location Copenhagen, DK
Organization EU/WHE WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Schedule Full-time


The aim of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases in the WHO Regional Office for Europe is

(i) to improve health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in building their capacity for surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to all health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks;

(ii) to promote WHO's leadership in health emergencies and communicable disease prevention and control, including through relevant regional initiatives and specific research projects;

(iii) to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases, particularly, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, especially M/XDR-TB, viral hepatitis, influenza, malaria, antimicrobial resistance and vaccine-preventable diseases through strengthened immunization programmes and to achieve/maintain regional elimination/eradication goals as for measles, rubella, malaria, and poliomyelitis;

(iv) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region.

Within the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) aims to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The main objective of the Emergency Operations (EMO) Programme Area is:Emergency Operations within the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to an essential package of life-saving health services. This includes establishing comprehensive incident management for coordinated action in all graded and protracted health emergencies, assisting and coordinating the implementation of health operations to agreed standards through partner and WHO operational networks as well as providing supplies and logistical services and operational support for all graded and protracted health emergencies. EMO also guides strategic policy development and inter-agency relations for the Programme.


  1. Map GOARN regional partners expertise, develop and maintain a database for the Regional Office`s partners, and identify new national, regional and international institutions to join and further strengthen partnership activities on national and regional levels in close cooperation with HQ.
  2. Coordinate and report on the activities of GOARN partners in support of affected countries both in Europe and other regions.
  3. Liaise with health actors and partners to rapidly identify and support deployment of the Public Health Rapid Response teams and experts to support outbreak and emergency response activities.
  4. Liaise with GOARN Partner institutions and engage partners in preparedness and response activities and support their regional activities.
  5. Support the planning and technical preparations for GOARN partners meeting in the European Region.
  6. Facilitate and enhance information sharing between GOARN partners, WHO HQ, WHO Regional Offices, WHO Country Offices and partners.
  7. Formulate, monitor and maintain operational budget for GOARN projects, in line with WHO policies, rules and procedures, independently supervising and monitoring results to recommend remedial action when necessary.
  8. Monitor, document, evaluate and report on GOARN performance, outcomes and demonstrated value, anticipating problems and highlighting issues, recommending improvements and taking remedial action to solve problems.
  9. Support regional readiness, preparedness, and risk assessment activities.Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: Medical degree or university degree in international relations or political sciences. Desirable: Studies in public health or epidemiology. Training on health emergencies.


Essential: At least 5 years of experience in outbreak and emergencies response. Experience in partnership development on global or regional level. Experience in programme/project development and management. Desirable: Working experience with UN or other international organizations, including at country level.


Demonstrated capacity to develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with a broad range of technical counterparts and institutions, complemented by excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure within short deadlines. Ability to write in a clear and effective manner. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert (advanced or mother-tongue) knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate (working) knowledge of Other WHO/EURO language (ie Russian, German, French, Spanish, Arabic or Chinese).


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 58,583 (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 2309 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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