World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (SDR Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The department is responsible for global leadership, Coordination, guidance and Technical Support to reduce premature mortality and morbidity from NCDs, burden of sensory impairments and oral health through prevention and integrated service delivery, treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance, monitoring and research. The Department also leads WHO's work on disability. The department provides overall coordination and brings together the work on NCD prevention, control, surveillance and rehabilitation from across the departments and from the three levels of the organization. It coordinates reports to the WHO and UN governing bodies and is the main interlocutor on NCDs. The department assists and supports regions and countries in their efforts to provide a country-centered, concerted and coordinated action to strengthen Health Systems to respond to NCDs, oral diseases and sensory impairment. The department also ensure linkages between primary and secondary prevention using technical packages and harnessing innovation and use of technology including Be Healthy Be Mobile.


1. Develop and propose innovative technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provide advice in the area of vision and eye care for strengthening and improving technical capacity in WHO Member States.2. Manage the area of vision and eye care by delivering its objectives and through efficient managing of a small team to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.3. Develop and monitor work plans and budgets for the team's activities and follow up on the implementation of planned activities.4. Analyse data and information on best practices by implementing sustainable public Health Programmes and disseminate information. 5. Manage research activities and dissemination of information for Capacity Building in the area of eye care and vision. 6. Conduct monitoring and evaluation of the work in vision and eye care and conduct timely reporting for decision makers.7. Provide technical guidance and work closely with counterparts in technical departments across the Organization and liaise with counterparts in partner UN Agencies, Donors and other stakeholders to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to Public health and the facilitation of successful implementation of national and/or Global Health programmes.8. Develop and implement evidence-based technical tools to support Member States to strengthen health systems to integrate eye care.9. Develop training materials for capacity building in eye care according to the needs of Member States.10. Research, compile and evaluate a variety of data and information related to eye care.11. Upon delegation represent WHO at various meetings.12. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A degree in a relevant eye care field and an advanced university degree (Masters' or PhD) in a medical and/or health field relevant to the position.



Essential: A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the management of projects in the area of vision and eye care, including experience in the development of health policies and strategies. Experience at country in the area of vision and eye care with good understanding of relevant country's needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures. Demonstrated experience managing human and Financial Resources. Demonstrated exposure at the international level.



Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned programme and activities. Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Excellent knowledge of Health and safety regulations. Proven knowledge of technical aspects in vision and eye care. Strong presentation skills. Excellent drafting and communication skills. Commitment to implementing the goal of Gender Equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.Team spirit and time management skills. Ability to lead and manage a team effectively. Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills by working harmoniously as a member of a team, adapting to diverse educational, socio-political and cultural backgrounds and maintaining a high standard of personal conduct. Proven ability to conduct literature reviews and synthetize evidence. Proven ability to write evidence-based policy briefs. Proven ability to analyse large databases.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Driving the Organization to a Successful Future Ensuring the effective use of resources Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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 74,913 (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 5450 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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