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WHO Jobs: Project Officer 2021

Job Title: Project Officer 

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Grade: P3

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 Year

Closing Date: Jun 10, 2021, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Switzerland-Geneva

Organization Unit: HQ/GIH Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness

Schedule: Full-time  

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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 Department of Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) supports countries in prevention and control of high threat diseases of pandemic/epidemic potential through forecasting, characterization of diseases/infectious risks and development of evidence-based strategies to manage infectious hazards. The PIP Framework was adopted by Member States in 2011. The Framework has three main components: virus sharing, benefit sharing and governance. Continued implementation of its benefit sharing component requires work to manage the distribution of the Partnership Contribution funds for building capacity to prepare for the next influenza pandemic.


The responsibilities of the Technical Officer include:

1) Legal and policy support:

  • Develop strategic and policy documents, as necessary, in response to governing body and Advisory Group requests, notably in conjunction with the Advisory Group’s work on genetic sequence data under the Framework.
  • Manage the process to conclude Category C SMTA2, and support negotiation of other SMTA2.

2) Internal Coordination and Communication: Facilitate coordination and regular flow of information within the PIP Secretariat and to senior management.

3) Communications and Outreach: Strengthen and maintain relationships with PIP Framework partners and stakeholders, ensuring regular flow of information, through appropriate and relevant mechanisms.

4) PIP Advisory Group: Manage the organization of all PIP Advisory Group (PIP AG) meetings and related consultations. Responsibilities include:

a) Facilitate development, finalization and timely sharing of meeting documentation.

b) Collaborate with Department of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics (CRE) on the process to review declarations of interest, as necessary and appropriate.

d) Manage all matters related the membership of the PIP AG, including renewal of member terms, calls for nominations from Regional Offices, and maintenance of the AG roster.

e) Develop semi-annual progress updates on PIP Framework implementation for PIP AG.

f) Identify bottlenecks to the efficient running of AG and develop solutions to address them.

5) Partnership Contribution: Manage the process to review the GISRS estimated running costs; Support the process to collect Partnership Contributions, working closely with the PC Implementation team.

6) Perform other related duties as required.




  • A first leveluniversity degree in law, public policy or related field and qualification in law in a national system.


  • Advanced level degree in law, heath law, public health or related field.



  • At least 5 years of relevant experience working as a lawyer practicing commercial and/or health related law, as well as relevant experience in project management, including writing for technical and non-technical audiences and managing complex projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in practicing law in an international context.


  • Experience in international law or policy development.
  • Experience in WHO or the UN system.
  • Experience in influenza or other respiratory pathogens.


–> Excellent writing skills in English, including for technical and general audiences.

–> Excellent communication and facilitation skills.

–> Sound understanding of the PIP Framework.

–> Familiarity with WHO practices.

–> Excellent organizational and analytical skills.

–> Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

–> Demonstrated ability to perform independently under minimal supervision.

–> High level of computer literacy.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • 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 62,120 (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 4400 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.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.

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