World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (Alcohol)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of non-communicable and Communicable Diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and Diabetes, and risks related to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy Design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels.The WHO/Europe Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases approach will foster the achievement of NCD-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals in the WHO European Region countries through fostering innovations and strengthening national capacities, governance, multisectoral action, and partnerships in reducing major risk factors, orienting health systems towards people-centered health care and universal health coverage and ensuring access to quality NCD services across the care continuum. The “NCD Office”, an integral part of WHO/Europe's Prevention and Control of NCD approach, will coordinate countries in the development of NCD investment cases and national strategic action plans, coordinate scale-up of “best buys” implementation for country impact for NCDs, the empowerment of individuals, including for better health literacy and capacity-building through NCD flagship courses. It will evolve as a Regional hub for excellence in NCD surveillance, modelling and policy monitoring, implementation research and innovations, including digitalization and big-data approaches to addressing NCDs trends and determinants. It will also work to reduce the major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases- tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol - provide policy and strategic directions and Technical Support to countries in developing and strengthening tobacco control programmes and intensify support for WHO FCTC implementation, interventions to reduce alcohol consumption, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, through regulation and policy change, alongside traditional and innovative efforts to change behaviour. It will provide monitoring and surveillance and support to countries on prison health and prison health-care systems and services.


The purpose of the post is to assist the Regional Adviser for Alcohol, illicit drugs and Prison Health with the planning and Coordination of the implementation of the alcohol and substance use disorders SDG related targets. S/he will support the Head of the NCD Office and the Director with the planning and coordination of the alcohol and substance use related activities.Key duties:Core responsibilities in providing technical support for the implementation of evidence-based policies and interventions aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and assisting Member States include:1. Provide technical support to Member States to strengthen implementation of the policy areas identified in the European Action Plan to reduce Harmful use of Alcohol and SAFER package;2. Develop reports and prepare scientific papers, presentations, good practices and policy briefs around alcohol consumption and alcohol policy impact in Europe that incorporate the results of the work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe capturing the strategic, innovative and efficiency dimensions in addressing alcohol consumption.3. Support Member States in testing and implementing initiatives on pricing policies, labelling, Digital Marketing, and screening and brief intervention initiatives among other;4. Contribute to the update of the Integrated Information System in NCD, in particular the areas of alcohol per-capita consumption and NCD framework policy indicators;5. Collaborate as part of the team in providing technical assistance to Member States who wish to develop/update Action Plans/strategies in the area of alcohol;6. Provide technical assistance in developing innovative tools to support country implementation of effective policy options and control programmes to reduce alcohol consumption, and in particular to reduce alcohol-attributable harm;7. Collaborate with other programmatic areas, units and divisions in the design, organization and delivery of Training Courses/workshops across the WHO European Region in the areas of alcohol;8. Prepare illustrative initiatives of the work towards the achievement of the SDGs targets within Member States of the European Region, including the dimensions of life-course and inequalities and with a focus on alcohol9. Contribute to the preparation of country profiles, country fact sheets and policy briefs describing policy developments and particularly success stories in reducing alcohol consumption and implementing cost-effective alcohol policies;10. Interact with WHO Collaborating Centres in the area of alcohol, collaborate with related universities and research institutes, especially those dealing with the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases to steer knowledge and scientific exchanges that can be used to support building evidence and bridging gaps between research and policy implementation;11. Contribute to the preparation of proposals for mobilization of resources for the implementation of activities at national and regional levels in the areas of alcohol consumption and substance use disorders;12. Perform other duties as required



Essential: University degree (bachelor's level) in public health or field relevant to the position Desirable: Advanced degree in public health or social sciences.


Essential: At least five years of relevant work experience in the area of developing and analyzing alcohol policies, including at least one year at the international level.

Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO, UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs. Proven experience working in partnership with UN organizations, the private sector, multinational organizations and non-governmental organizations Relevant experience in intersectoral work and resource mobilization. Proven experience working with Ministries of Health and other Ministries/Governmental Agencies/Legislative Authorities.


In-depth knowledge of alcohol policies, including unrecorded alcohol consumption. Knowledge of stakeholder engagement, Program Design and evaluation and health systems of countries in the European Region, in particular CIS countries, would be an asset.Knowledge of WHO and UN system would be an asset. Basic knowledge of alcohol prevention and public health in Europe. Experience in developing innovative actions in the field of alcohol in Europe. Ability to foster teamwork and to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels. Emotional awareness; the ability to identify and harness one's emotions and apply them to tasks; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one's own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French,RussianGerman.


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 62,120 (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 2381 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.


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