World Health Organization position (WHO): 1-year Technical Officer for Cancer

Publication date: 12 March 2017

Job description

Objectives of the programme

The Noncommunicable Diseases Management unit's main mission is to provide leadership and technical guidance for development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, plans and programmes for management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, in collaboration with Member States and internal and external partners. The objective of the programme is to support delivery of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs including the strengthening of prevention and control of cervical and breast cancer.

Description of duties

  • Provide technical support to cancer prevention and control with a focus on cervical and breast cancer;
  • Support the secretariat and facilitate the implementation of the collaborative programmes for cervical cancer joint programme and comprehensive cancer control with UN agencies and partners;
  • Develop WHO manual for breast cancer prevention, early detection/screening and management
  • Support and strengthen WHO's work on access to essential quality medicine and technologies relevant to common cancers
  • Provide technical assistance regional and country offices, as well as partners, in strengthening their response to cancer management using integrated, evidence-based approaches for programmatic implementation.
  • Strengthen capacity building efforts for cancer early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care management efforts.
  • Contribute to other WHO efforts on cancer control and NCDs in general as needed.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Closing deadline

Deadline for applications: 2 May 2017

Required qualifications

An advanced university degree in medicine or public health with postgraduate qualifications in cancer control or cancer management.

Training in cancer management and/or cancer control.

At least seven years' experience in cancer control or cancer management, of which at least 2 years focused on cervical and breast cancer and at least 3 years in low or middle income settings. At least 3 years' experience at the international level. Evidence of at least 2 publications in peer review journals related to cancer.

Working experience in international organisations. 

Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Able to coordinate, plan and implement projects and activities with minimum supervision but work equally well as part of a team.

How to apply

Full information can be found here.

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 69,032 (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 4573 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.
Please note that the compensation package for Professional and higher category staff in the UN common system is currently undergoing changes in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 70/244 of 23 December 2015. The remuneration amounts indicated above are, therefore, subject to change. The changes will be implemented, retroactively to 1 January 2017, through the WHO payroll. General information can be obtained from the ICSC web site under that provides a link to "Your new Compensation Package".

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