Technical Officer – Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (Neglected Tropical Diseases) – (2309285) – WHO, Geneva, USD 77,326 annual net salary + benefits

Technical Officer – Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (Neglected Tropical Diseases) – (2309285) – WHO, Geneva

Grade: P4. Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months

Technical Officer – Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (Neglected Tropical Diseases) – (2309285) – WHO, Geneva

Closing Date: : Nov 15, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Location: : Switzerland-Geneva

Organization: : HQ/NTD Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases UCN

Schedule: : Full-time  

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

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME: Technical Officer – Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (Neglected Tropical Diseases) – (2309285) – WHO, Geneva

A One Health approach recognizes the relationships between human, animal, and environmental health are key to sustainably address NTDs, and to achieve the targets set out in WHO’s Road map for neglected tropical disease 2021-2030(“the road map”).

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This work will contribute to the three main pillars of the roadmap Accelerate programmatic action: Integrate One Health into NTD programme design and delivery; Intensify cross-cutting approaches: Coordinate and integrate action on NTDs across key sectors; Change operating models and culture to facilitate country ownership: Nurture and sustain country led One Health action. Accelerate programatic action: Integrate One Health in ND programme design and delivery.


  • Provide technical, strategic and operational support to the implementation of integrated and cross-cutting veterinary public health and One health interventions in reaching the NTD roadmap targets. 
  • Provide technical support and guidance in the prevention, control and management of NTDs with a human-animal-environmental interaction that requires animal health and non-health programmes activities to scale up interruption of transmission Support the rollout of the Gavi investment for human rabies vaccines. 
  • Provide technical support and guidance in strategies to control zoonotic transmission of NTDs to Member States through WHO Regional and Country Offices. 
  • Contribute to the development of research priorities to adjust implementation strategies and accelerate progress for prevention, control and elimination. 
  • Support countries in monitoring and evaluating programmes and operational research in collaboration with stakeholders. 
  • Draft technical documents and reports on specific issues related to the burden, the implementation, monitoring indicators and the impact of the interventions to control and interrupt transmission of zoonotic NTDs. 
  • Advocate for NTD prevention, control and management of NTDs with governments and partners, engage in partner networking and in resource mobilization to reach the NTD targets. 
  • Perform other related tasks.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Technical Officer – Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (Neglected Tropical Diseases) – (2309285) – WHO, Geneva


Essential: An advanced-level University degree in Veterinary, medical, or life sciences or a related field of direct relevance to the profile of the post description
Desirable: Doctoral degree in a health-related, social or behavioral science discipline.


Essential: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the management and implementation of zoonotic disease control/elimination programmes at national and international levels.
Desirable: Experience of other neglected tropical diseases epidemiology, and experience in bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies practices.


  • Demonstrated managerial and leadership ability, networking capacities and negotiation skills.
  • Data analysis and reporting, and oral presentation skills.
  • Extensive computer skills with experience in the use of PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other common software.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of any other UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian).

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REMUNERATION: Technical Officer – Public Health, Vector Control and Environment (Neglected Tropical Diseases) – (2309285) – WHO, Geneva

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 77,326 (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 5368 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 Temporary positions at the same grade level.

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A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.

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