World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (Migration)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The Division of Country Support, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSE) supports the development and delivery of WHO's strategic engagement portfolio in Member States with and without country offices. It aims to maximize WHO's impact in countries by helping them realize their health and development ambitions and strategies in line with the European Programme of Work (EPW) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). CSE recognizes that each country is different and needs tailored collaboration. The Division works by bringing people and units together across WHO divisions, offices and key partners. The Division has the principal function to develop mechanisms that help the organization understand, strategize, implement and connect for country impact. In this, it focuses on gathering, analyzing and presenting information for country impact; developing, tracking and refining strategic country engagement plans; supporting programme implementation in countries; and facilitating effective collaboration and networks within the organization and with countries and partners. This includes working with partners and Member States to manage and respond to the health needs of refugees and migrants, with a focus on access to health services and on preparedness for refugee and migrant influxes.

CSE operates in particular proximity to Country Offices and provides opportunities for frequent mobility between assignments in the Division and in countries (in particular for team lead positions). Individual technical officers will have -in addition to their specific technical focus- a geographic responsibility by virtue of being a focal point for a limited number of country offices, for which they will provide support across all technical areas covered by CSE.

The Division houses the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) that provides technical guidance and operational support to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. WHE assists countries to contain and mitigate the risk of high-threat diseases and infectious hazards; to detect and assess emergency health threats and inform public health decision-making; and to respond rapidly and effectively to emergencies under a coordinated Incident Management System. It ensures WHO's work in emergencies is effectively managed, sustainably financed, adequately staffed and operationally ready to fulfill its mission. Its hub-and-spoke structure ensures country-specific and inter-country activities in priority countries.

The Country Implementation Support unit facilitates the determination of capacity and resource needs for implementing WHO's strategic plans for countries, as well as the provision of integrated technical and operational support - focusing in particular on supporting the implementation of complex, multi-country projects on select priority issues such as migration. The unit is key to the maximising WHO's presence in countries with and without offices by facilitating appropriate and sustainable modalities for country support. Main deliverables of the unit include: individual country presence plans, based on a broader country engagement strategy for the Region; facilitating cross cutting county response modalities (e.g. by regional response teams); project implementation support (initially focused on EU projects); and Coordination and support of the Regional Office portfolio on migration. Within the Regional Office, the unit collaborates most closely with the Division of Business Operations on issues related to the sustainable financing of country operations and human resources, and with the Regional Directors' Division and the WEU Office on relations with external project partners, in particular the EU.


To monitor and analyze trends in the area of migration and health in countries of the WHO European Region. To provide technical assistance, evidence and information sharing, advocacy and communication for policy development in countries.

Under the leadership of and managerial guidance from the Team Leader, CIS, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives: 1) Conduct research work for follow-up and Analysis of migration related health policies in the WHO European Region; compile inputs on policy, humanitarian, gender and economic aspects of governance for health and migration in order to inform policy discussion with health and non-health stakeholders; 2) Produce draft technical documents, information products and reports and provide technical assistance in the organisation of various activities, such as workshops, meetings and technical assistance missions, in support of policy development in countries of the WHO European Region; 3) Provide country tailored technical assistance within the operational range of the Migration and Health area of work including the formulation, implementation and monitoring of WHO programme activities carried out in Member States. Draft progress reports and other technical communications (e.g. donor reports, annual reports, briefing notes); 4) Support the Migration Health team in organizing and implementing the Migration Health Knowledge Hub activities including online training and organizing yearly summer school to improve the skills of professionals working on different health aspects of migration and facilitating access to a network of experts; 5) Facilitate and participate in multi sectoral partnership dialogue with health and non-health institutional and non-institutional players in the WHO European Region in the area of health and migration, organize meetings, produce relevant documentation and reports and supply content for e-based information sharing platforms as required.

6) Contribute to the Design of innovative tools for strengthening country capacity to manage large influxes of migrants carrying out country health assessments and organizing stakeholder meetings during country's health system assessment in cases of large influx of migrants.

7) Act as desk focal point for a number of countries to support and monitor the implementation of the WHO EURO Strategy and Action Plan on Health and Migration.



Essential: University degree (Bachelor-s level) in political science, medicine, social science, social epidemiology, global/public health, international relations or similar area of study.

Desirable: University degree (Master-s level) in one of the above areas of study.


Essential: At least two years of relevant work experience in migration and health. Demonstrated work experience with research in a public health context.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in migration in WHO or in the UN system or experience in project management. Field work experience in the areas of Health Equity, health, economic or social development.


Demonstrated knowledge of migration policies.Demonstrated knowledge of the public health and Health in All Policies approach to produce results able to address the sensitivity of migration.Emotional intelligence; Ability to identify and manage one's own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Knowing and managing yourself 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 48,805 (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 2839 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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