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Job Title: Technical Officer, Travel, Health, Information and Communication Team

Scheme: Junior Professional Officer’s Programme (JPO-P)  

Recruiter: Federal Ministry of Youth Development

State: Abia

Agency: WHO


Sector of assignment: Health Security and Environment/Global Capacities, Alert and Response

Country and Duty Station: WHO Headquarters, 20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211, Geneva, Switzerland

Duration of assignment: One Year Renewable based on satisfactory performance

Objective of the WHO Programme/Department

•   The objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response are to ensure that Member States and WHO have in place the core capacities required under IHR for detection, assessment, information and response to events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

•   This includes providing advice for communication and support to the interpretation and application of the Regulations, monitoring their implementation, supporting the development of policies, guidelines, training and tools for national core capacity building and ensuring the maintenance by WHO of a global system for detection, assessment, information and response.

•   The MPI Unit supports countries to increase the understanding of the IHR framework and its application, and supports the strengthening of specific capacities related to surveillance, early warning and legislation. MPI also monitors progress towards IHR implementation and evaluates outcomes, conducts appropriate studies to inform policy and actions, advises on travel health and trade, and fosters global partnerships to strengthen the network of IHR stakeholders.

Assignment Summary:

•   Under the supervision of the Travel Health, Information and Communication Team Leader, the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will work as part of a team of professionals who leads the information and communication work of the department as well as advise health professionals on travel health issues, within the scope of the International Health Regulations.

•   The JPO will provide technical expertise on international travel and health and on travel and trade restrictions monitoring. The JPO will participate in regular technical meetings of the Unit and in program planning exercises.

Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations: Under the supervision of the Travel Health, Information and Communication Team Leader, the JPO will provide technical support, implement technical activities and prepare reports and documents, advising and supporting WHO Regional Offices and Member States whenever needed.

His/her tasks will include:

•   support for the development of international travel and health (ITH) and travel and trade restriction (T&T) monitoring documents; development of ITH book and website; development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on T&T monitoring , T&T monitoring during public health events

•   organization of technical meetings and conferences including writing of technical reports;

•   support the department’s information and communication; maintenance of the website, production of advocacy and information documents, development of new formats of documents.

Candidate Profile

Qualifications and Experience:


Minimum: Master’s Degree in public health (MPH) or related subject

Desirable: Medical doctor with specialization in public health and / or tropical medicine

• Age: Must not be more than 32 years on the date of application

• Information Technology skills, including word processing, database application (excel) presentation software (power point) and internet appreciation.

• An interest in adapting to varied physical environments; and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;

• Evidence of ability to think strategically, work independently and demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness.

• Respect for the UN principles of the United Nations Charter and the participating UN organization’s mission statement.

Work experience:

Minimum: Two years’ experience in public health or related fields

Desirable: Experience in public health or related fields in an international context

Skills required for the assignment:

Minimum: Excellent knowledge of English or French with a working knowledge of the other


•   Good skills in inter-personal communication in different cultural environments

•   Excellent writing and editing skills

•   Ability to undertake international travel

WHO competencies required for the assignment:

1. Producing results

2. Fostering integration and teamwork

3. Communicating in a credible and effective way

4. Knowing and managing yourself

Applicants are advised in their own interest not to give any form of gratification or inducement to any person or group of persons to assist them in the recruitment exercise.

Women and persons physically challenged are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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