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Technical Officer  (2001908)  
Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract duration: 6 months

Job Posting

: Apr 23, 2020, 4:00:47 PM

Closing Date

: May 17, 2020, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Turkey-Gaziantep


: EU_TUR WHO Country Office, Turkey


: Full-time  

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The objectives of WHO’s emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO’s emergency response team is to support Member States by: (1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; (2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the Aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; (3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; (4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.


To support the strengthening of the disease surveillance system for acute flaccid paralysis, polioviruses, measles and other vaccine preventable as well as selected non-communicable diseases, the incumbent will:• Develop and/or adapt Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for disease surveillance, case investigation, reporting and response;• Support the initiation of and guide outbreak investigation following Standard Operation Procedures;• Work with relevant institutions and partners to develop/adapt training materials and to implement trainings on identified surveillance, investigation, reporting and response ;• Support the strengthening of laboratories for timely diagnosis of epidemic prone diseases; • Develop and apply monitoring and evaluation methods and materials;• Cooperate with partners to plan, train and evaluate activities at sub-national level; • Collaborate with technical staff to secure sources of information and recommend work plans for medium- and long-term ;Contribute content to the Epidemiological Bulletin and prepare and present updates on epidemiological status for different coordination meetings with all relevant partners and local actors/authorities;• Prepare regular reports and updates on project implementation, including monitoring and resource management;• Proactively participate in the development of project proposals to mobilize resources.



Essential: Master’s degree in public health and/or health related fields.
Desirable: An advanced university degree in in emergency response or disaster management in the context of public health, or in communicable/infectious diseases.


Essential: At least four years’ experience in public health programmes in the areas of surveillance, disease control, and immunization, including 2 years experience at the international level
Desirable: Experience or knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in Health Action in Crises or experience in UN organizations/agencies. Working experience in developing countries and/or emergency response.


Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of practices and procedures as related to the work.

WHO Competencies

Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 60,962 (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 975 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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