Technical Officer – One Health & Zoonotic, World Health Organization Vacancy Announcement

Technical Officer – One Health & Zoonotic, World Health Organization Vacancy Announcement; March 6 2024



Organization: World Health Organization

Position: Technical Officer – One Health & Zoonotic

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Full Time

Date of Announcement: March 5, 2024

Deadline: March 19, 2024





Job description


Grade: NO-C

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 Months

Job Posting: Mar 5, 2024, 8:48:08 AM

Closing Date: Mar 19, 2024, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Ethiopia-Addis Ababa

Organization: AF_ETH Ethiopia

Schedule: Full-time  

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Purpose of the Post:

In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Preparedness and Response programme, at the WCO, the One Health and Zoonotic Technical Officer will be responsible for the overall integration of the One Health approach and principles in animal, environment and health emergency preparedness and response. The incumbent will also support the overall coordination, collaboration, and engagement with the partners and the respective government agencies to support the country adopt one health approach accordingly.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity (Overview of the programme):

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Programme supports countries and coordinates international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

Organizational Context (Describe the work environment, the role of the individual within the team – team member, specialist, adviser, facilitator, coordinator/manager, representative, expert, authority in the field, etc; available guidelines and degree of independence in decision making, and nature and purpose of contact within and outside the Organization):

The incumbent, technical focal point for one health, will report directly to the Infectious Hazards Management (IHM) officer under the overall guidance of the EPR Team Lead and Head, WHO Country Office. S/he will work closely with the relevant technical teams, ensuring that advocacy, promotion and development of relevant One Health strategies and tools in close consultation with the animal health sector.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

  1. Increase visibility of One Health approach to health security
  2.  Strengthen capacity in preparedness , management and control of infectious hazards including zoonoses through providing strategic guidance on the incorporation of the One Health approach and principles in country health security strategy/policy/plan
  3.  Support to develop and/or review preparedness and response action plan(s) for highly pathogenic zoonotic diseases in line with the One Health Approach/ Agenda and policies.
  4.  Monitor and evaluate of the implementation of the One-Health action plan and provide appropriate recommendations and technical advice, accordingly.
  5.  Coordinate and establish effective mechanism for collaboration and communication with related partners to implement One-Health agenda, in preparedness and response to zoonotic diseases outbreaks.
  6.  Support the establishment of relevant health security coordination platform/mechanism as required by the country.
  7.  Contribute to field and laboratory investigations of zoonotic diseases and promote prevention and control strategies in animals, to prevent animal-human transmission.
  8.  Provide support for the development of early warning systems (including event and indicator-based surveillance) for epidemic and pandemic prone diseases for early detection and response to public health threats including zoonoses;
  9.  Provide support for joint risk assessment, vulnerability risk analysis and mapping and development of zoonotic diseases preparedness and response plan at country level;
  10.  Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of zoonotic disease outbreak news, technical documents, updates, and assessments required;
  11.  Provide technical support for the One Health advocacy activities such as global One Health commemoration day, World rabies day, and World week for antimicrobial awareness;
  12.  Perform any other assignments as delegated by the supervisor.



Competencies (Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required –  See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones – identify a minimum of three and a maximum of five competencies):

1) Building and promoting partnerships across WHO and beyond.

2) Moving forward in a changing environment

3) Ensuring effective use of resources

4) Fostering integration and teamwork

5) Communicating in a credible and effective way

Functional Skills and Knowledge (Describe skills and knowledge specific to the post): Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position

  1.  Basic knowledge of emergency preparedness and response, including but not limited to health emergency information, risk assessment or One Health Agenda.
  2.  Exposure to working across sectors, public relations, negotiation, or consultative skills
  3.  Demonstrated knowledge, competency, and professional skills on the public health aspects of zoonotic infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic preparedness, and response with particular attention to application of all hazard approach in context of the IHR (2005)


Job requirements


Education (Qualifications):

Essential: First university degree in public health, veterinary medicine, animal health, public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, or related relevant field of study

Desirable: Advanced degree in One-Health, veterinary science, medicine, public health, animal health, Eco health with specialization in zoonotic diseases or specialist veterinary or health field is an advantage.


Essential: Minimum of five years’ experience in animal health, environment, veterinary science or medicine, agriculture, public health zoonotic disease surveillance and response using IDSR or animal health surveillance system like ADNIS or related relevant field.

Desirable: Previous experience working in collaboration with various development partners in zoonotic diseases surveillance is desirable. Experience in implementation of surveillance and outbreak investigation and response, with special focus on zoonotic diseases and/or application of One Health principle, would be an added advantage.


Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable : Knowledge of Somali language.

Other Skills (e.g., IT):

  • Skills in database management and statistical analysis, monitoring and evaluation and

public health information management.

  • Good computer skills in Microsoft office, EPI Info, SPSS, STATA;



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