Technical Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th February, 2020

Job Description


  • The Air Quality and Health (AQH) unit provides technical support to WHO’s Member States in the development of normative guidance and tools and provision of authoritative advice on health issues related to air pollution and its sources. Monitoring and reporting on global trends and changes in health outcomes associated with actions taken to address air pollution at the national, regional and global levels is an additional key facet of this.
  • In this context, AQH promotes interventions and initiatives for healthy sectoral policies (including energy, transport, housing and urban development), addressing key risks to health from air pollution indoors and outdoors, and contributing to achieving health co-benefits from climate change mitigation policies.
  • The unit leads the implementation of the WHA resolution 68.8, Health and Environment: Addressing the Health Impacts of Air pollution, and the related Road Map for an Enhanced Global Response to the Adverse Health Effects of Air Pollution (WHA 69.18). The unit is also in charge of monitoring the achievement of SDG 3.9 (mortality attributed to air pollution indoors and outdoors), SDG 7.1.2 (access to clean household energy), and SDG 11.2 (air quality in cities).


  • Support the development of a catalogue of policy options to address recommendations made by the WHO air quality guidelines (ambient and household), WHO housing and health guidelines, etc.
  • Support the development of the implementation strategy of the WHO housing and health guidelines, including indoor air quality, indoor temperature and other related housing risks.
  • Provide technical support in building the evidence on air pollution and health through systematic reviews of the literature and methodology for health impact assessment and sectoral policies
  • Support the development of a risk communication strategy on air pollution and health
  • Contribute to the development of publications and technical reports, coordinate the peer review of papers prepared for publication and provide support to editing and publishing the material.
  • Provide technical support to ongoing AQH projects as required.


Essential: University degree in sciences (including social sciences) or public health.
Desirable: Master’s level degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology and statistics.

Essential: At least five years of experience in public health or health research, including three at international level. Experience working on evaluations of public health interventions related to air pollution and health, housing and other sectoral policies, systematic evidence review, risk communication.

Desirable: Demonstrated experience in coordination and project management. Practical and conceptual understanding of the role of WHO globally, regionally and at country level, including its supportive efforts with external partners. Experience in conceptualizing and implementing training and capacity building activities.


  • Functional knowledge in epidemiology and statistics, including research, analysis and interpreting and communicating related results.
  • Knowledge of how interventions related to policies in other sectors, like energy, housing etc. impact health.
  • Ability to process, analyze and interpret data from epidemiological surveillance, from studies on risks to health including air pollution, and on sector policies health impacts.
  • Ability to use epidemiological and statistical computerized software.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to engage with stakeholders in different sectors
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual information.
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing and representing the Organization in inter-agency co-operations;
  • Strong communication skills in English, both written and oral
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g. SPSS or R) word-processing, spreadsheets and presentation software as well as with Microsoft Office suite, e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • WHO competencies
  • Communication
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Teamwork
  • Producing results

Expert knowledge of English and an intermediate knowledge of French.


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