Technical Officer (Assistive Health Technology)

World Health Organisation(WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th March, 2015

Job Description

Description of duties:

WHO estimates that only 5-15% (approximately 1 in 10 persons) of the population in need has access to Assistive Health Products (AHP) - e.g. wheelchairs, canes, prosthetic and orthotic devices, robots, spectacles, low vision aids, hearing aids, and augmentative and alternative devices to cope with functional decline.
To provide support in developing the WHO's new iniative Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE).
To improve access to assistive health technology, WHO has decided to develop a new global initiative - Global Assistive Health Technology Cooperation (GATE) with following core functions:

- Engaging in partnerships to promote Assistive Health Technology (AHT) and providing leadership
- Stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge related to AHT
- Articulating ethical and evidence-based policies/norms and standards/guidelines/best practices through an impartial global knowledge hub
- Setting policy, norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
- Shaping the research agenda and promoting research initiatives
- Encouraging innovation in developing high-quality affordable Assistive Health Products (AHP)
-Providing technical support, catalyzing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity in the field of AHT.
- Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the incumbent is expected to realise the core functions of the GATE initiative.

Assigned Duties:

- Provide support in developing the GATE initiative.
- Coordinate with different task forces under GATE initiative and assist in ensuring their smooth functioning.
- Assist in carrying out a global survey.
- Contribute to the work towards improving access to high-quality affordable AHP in low- and middle-income countries.
- Compile evidence and assist providing inputs in developing advocacy/information material, technical documents and policy documents related to Assistive Health Technology. Perform all other related duties as assigned.


- WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
- Essential:A first university degree in public health, health sciences, rehabilitation sciences or related fields. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
- Desirable: A postgraduate qualification or good understanding of international development or relations.


- Excellent knowledge and experience in the field of assistive technology. Excellent computer literacy and up-to-date knowledge on Information and Communication technology

WHO Competencies:

- Communicating in a credible and effective way
- Producing results
- Fostering integration and teamwork


- Essential:At least two years of relevant professional experience in the area of international development and/or assistive technology.
- Desirable:Professional experience at country level especially working with organizations of disabled people or elderly people or users' groups.


- Expert knowledge of English required.


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