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Young Professionals Programme – Technical Officer (Global Hepatitis Programme)  (2105417)  
Grade: P2
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): One year with possibility of extension

Job Posting

: Nov 8, 2021, 9:34:56 PM

Closing Date

: Dec 7, 2021, 4:29:00 AM

Primary Location

: Switzerland-Geneva


: HQ/HHS Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs Programmes


: Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings. 

The Young Professionals Programme 

WHO Headquarters offers opportunities for young professionals from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to engage in WHO’s work and build skills and competence in key public health areas. This is a structured programme which incorporates additional exposure and experience at country level and career support.

Young Professionals will be assigned to regular WHO positions and will be fully immersed in WHO’s technical work.  Young Professionals will benefit from career support, networking, mentoring and tailored learning opportunities throughout this period to support them in achieving their personal career goals. To enhance their knowledge and widen their professional network, the YPP may be posted in a different WHO office on short term learning assignments.


Eligibility criteria

The following eligibility criteria in addition to the minimum requirements of the position will be used to shortlist candidates: 

  • To be no older than 35 years on 31 December of the year of application.
  • To be a national of a country eligible for the Programme: List of Eligible Countries.
  • To hold a relevant university degree obtained in your home country or other eligible country.*

*Exceptions will be considered where no institute of higher education exists offering the degrees required for eligibility to this Programme as per the World Higher Education Database.


We invite eligible candidates to register for our virtual Young Professionals Programme event taking place mid-November 2021. More information is available at:


Purpose of the Position

The technical officer will support the cross-cutting lead (cc-Lead) of the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) with advocacy activities, the coordination of the country support plans, and hepatitis B and C elimination. 


Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective    

The  Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programmes (HHS) hosts the WHO’s Global HIV Programme, the Global Hepatitis Programme (GHP) as well as the Global Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Programme. The programmes are guided by the Global Health Sector Strategies on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections (GHSS) 2022-2030 to be approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2022. The programmes have the following strategic directions:  1) Deliver people-centred services; 2) Optimise systems, sectors and partnerships; 3) Generate and use data to drive decisions and action; 4)  Engage empowered communities and civil society; and 5) Foster innovations for impact. The 2022-2030 GHHS’s are linked to achieving the goals of the 2016–2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (or the Sustainable Development Goals), in particular the goals of ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; and achieving universal health coverage and healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages by 2030. 

The objective of all three Programmes is to lead an effective, organization-wide effort to support Member States in the implementation of the GHSS. The GHP programmes provide technical and strategic leadership and leverages on the capacity of other headquarter departments to contribute to elimination. The programme also works closely with WHO Country Offices, through the Regional Offices in order to maximize WHO’s impact in the context of the General Programme of Work 13 (GPW13) guided by the “Triple Billion” targets related to universal health coverage, protection from health emergencies, and promotion of better health and well-being for all.


Organizational context

Under the broad guidance and supervision of the Cross-cutting Lead for the Global Hepatitis Programme (cc-Lead GHP), the incumbent provides technical and project management support to the biennial workplan of the cc-Lead GHP. The incumbent will work within the given guidance of the WHO rules and regulations, and within the guidance of the cc-Lead, and works closely with her/his counterparts in the regions and country offices. 


Summary of Assigned Duties

Under the guidance of the cc-Lead GHP, she/he will provide:

  • Project management support ( including planning, executing, monitoring and closing) and technical input to the advocacy activities (for example the Global Hepatitis Summit, World Hepatitis Day, etc.) and activities related to the Governing Bodies of WHO. 
  • Support the coordination of the Country Support Plan  (CSPs) development, handling the requests for specialised HQ support, monitoring, recording and reporting. 
  • Support the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis B and C initiative which includes providing technical and administrative input to the convened meetings, trainings, reports and publications.
  • To assist with the meetings of stakeholders and donors and related communications and reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to think strategically; to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in teams.

  • A strong commitment to international public health; an interest in adapting to varied physical and professional environments; and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds.  

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.

  • Resource mobilization, external relations and networking skills.

  • Project management in national, regional and global settings with relevant stakeholders.


Education Qualifications


Advanced university degree in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology or related area. A university degree in a relevant subject must have been obtained in your home country or other eligible country.




Two years’ experience in the field of communicable disease and/or hepatitis, HIV and/or STIs including at least one year in development processes for public norms and standards. 


Experience in a hospital, Ministry of Health or regional/international public health institution and/or experience in viral hepatitis would be an asset.


Use of Language Skills


Intermediate knowledge of English.


Expert knowledge of English. A basic level in French or another UN language would be an asset.


Other Skills

Computer literacy in standard office applications, experience in project management.


Additional Information

Candidates may apply to one or more vacancies advertised under the YPP; candidates should ensure they meet the vacancy and programme eligibility criteria.

The selection process may include asynchronous video assessment, technical evaluation and interview.

If your candidature is retained for 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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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice. 

WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.


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