World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (Classification of Diseases)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact supports and strengthens the generation and collection, Analysis, use and dissemination of data and evidence to promote better evidence-informed decision-making in Member States. Its goal is to build capacity in member states to monitor the health of their populations and the impact of health interventions and to promote evidence informed policy decisions. The monitoring of WHO's Global Programme of Work 13 2019-2023 (GPW 13) Impact Framework is also a key function. The International Classification of Disease fulfils an important part of WHO's Global Health strategy. The appropriate classification of mortality, morbidity and primary care provides a foundation for health data which is critical to support Sustainable development goals, and universal health coverage and financing. The foundation of ICD is an important resource in relation to digital health.The immediate strategic objective for this position is to take the proposals process and content to the next level and to particularly produce fine-level classification work which will refine ICD and to support implementation and related communications with partners.


Under the supervision of the Team Lead, the incumbent will: - Edit ICD classification to meet the requirements coming from the proposals.

- Route proposals, lead working groups, write reports, write reviews related to ICD and ICD management as required.

- Review, edit content and manage contracts or working groups for extension codes, as requiredRepresent WHO at international events as required.



Essential: First university degree or higher degree in a health-related science Desirable: An advanced university degree in a health related science. Biomedical education,


Essential: At least five years of national and/or international experience in using ICD data and/or experience in working with global agencies and partners (multilateral, bilateral and inter-governmental). Experience in working and collaborating with Ministries of Health and other applicable national bodies about ICD issues and collaborations. Demonstrated exposure at the international level.


Demonstrable understanding of and experience with ICD or other biomedical classifications on the input or output side, and especially in the current development of ICD-11,Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining effective relationships with multiple international stakeholders. Proven ability in delivering results in a complex environment. Demonstrated skills in the organization, Coordination, communication to support a significant technical workload.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 4628 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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