Technical Officer

World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th April, 2019

Job Description


All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right.All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work. The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritizing impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions:

  • providing leadership on global health matters;
  • shaping the health research agenda;
  • setting norms and standards;
  • articulating evidence-based policy options;
  • providing technical support to countries; and
  • monitoring and assessing health trends.The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people.

The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.The Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion aims to improve health during all stages of life by addressing the social, environmental, behavioural and biological determinants of chronic diseases. The Division achieves this aim by applying the principles and practice of health promotion as well as integrating the prevention, control and management of disease in order to:

assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health and intersectoral programmes that are able to tackle the burden of chronic diseases and conditions, particularly focusing on:

  • noncommunicable diseases (cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases) as well as related conditions and risk factors (harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs, tobacco use, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity);
  • mental health and neuro-degenerative disorders;
  • violence and injuries.

assist countries to promote health across the life course, particularly focusing on:

  • child and adolescent health;
  • sexual and reproductive health, including making pregnancy safer, women's health and rights;
  • healthy ageing;

maintain regional integrated surveillance systems and assisting countries in developing disease and risk factor surveillance systems, to determine and monitor burden of disease, risks factors and health determinants, and to propose relevant applied research projects, health interventions and partnerships to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of those diseases and risk factors.

The Global Childhood Cancer Initiative is an initial five-year collaborative effort between WHO and St Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH) to increase care access, quality, and integration of childhood cancer in national and global agendas. By creating a structure that coordinates and galvanizes stakeholders, the initiative will better harness and amplify collective resources for sustainable impact. In improving the care and outcomes of children with cancer, the global health community can demonstrate that the global cancer burden can be managed, that progress can be made in the non-communicable (NCD) agenda and that targeted investments in cancer control can save lives.

The Global Childhood Cancer Initiative targets achievements across three guiding principles:

  • Increase access to care, via patient-centered efforts that will increase the reach of impactful interventions
  • Establish a global quality framework, via health systems-centered efforts that will increase the magnitude of impact achieved
  • Integrate childhood cancer into national policies and programmes, via policy-centered efforts that will increase the sustainability of collective impact.


​The incumbent provides technical and expert support and advice in the implementation of the Global Childhood Cancer Initiative in the WHO European Region. Key duties:

  • Acts as the WHO Europe focal point for communication on childhood cancer issues with relevant WHO departments, experts, and Member State technical counterparts.
  • Drafts situation analyses and country profiles relevant to childhood cancer control infrastructure, policies and plans in several countries of the WHO Europe Region, based on the collection of data through desk reviews and exchanges with experts and Member States, in order to inform national action plans and roadmaps.
  • Sets up and coordinates networks of information-exchange, promoting sub-regional collaboration in the field of childhood cancer among CIS countries and among South East Europe Countries.
  • Organizes regional workshops and webinars that aim to build capacities, promotes exchange of country experiences, and disseminates the tools and guidance produced by the Global Childhood Cancer initiative to countries.
  • Contributes to the provision of extended technical support to one demonstration country in order to implement an in-depth action plan on childhood cancer and related topics, focusing on five axes: early detection, access to diagnosis and treatment, palliative care, data and quality, as well as health system and policies.
  • Facilitates study visits of national professionals to sub-regional centers of excellence in childhood cancer, addressing any specific policy, clinical or technical topics raised by the country, and allowing site visits tailored to national needs. 7. Assists the Senior Technical Officer, Cancer, on any other technical tasks related to cancer control, including the completion of reports on Cancer and Childhood Cancer for the flagship Initiatives and for the DNP division.



  • Essential: University degree (Bachelor's level) in medicine, public health or related areas directly relevant to cancer control.
  • Desirable: Master's degree in any of the above, PhD in public health or post graduate medical specialist training in a related field.


  • Essential: At least five years' working experience in cancer control including at least two years at the international level. Experience related to cancer control in lower and middle income countries.
  • Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO, UN system or in international organizations active in the health sector.

Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries in the European Region would be an asset.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.


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