Public health officer (disease control), PN : 419144 At World Health Organization (WHO)





The incumbent will manage the communicable and noncommunicable diseases programme in the

country, while maintaining a multisectoral overview, and will ensure the availability of technical 

expertise to advise the government on integrated programmes and initiatives to strengthen their 

capacity building in investigation, surveillance, and control. 

The incumbent will promote and strengthen programme activities within an assigned area of 

responsibility, consult with national counterparts on programme needs, and perform related 

managerial tasks as required. The position contributes to the WHO’s country cooperation strategy in communicable and noncommunicable diseases. 


The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as 

required by the needs of the office. 

·         Work under the direct supervision of the respective (Sr) Public Health Officer and/or the head of 

the WHO country office. 

·         Facilitate the efficient and effective management, as well as coordination of expertise, to 

provide technical advice on the development of sustainable, multi-sectoral, and integrated 

national strategies, policies, interventions, and plans for improvements in health systems and 

capacity building in the area of communicable and noncommunicable (C-NCD) diseases control. 

·         Recommend action plans for the inclusion of disease prevention and control interventions 

across the life course and continuum of care. 

·         Coordinate the adoption of norms, standards, guidelines and tools to support the 

implementation of disease control projects. 

·         Manage the operational aspects of related operational research, surveillance, epidemiology, 


and health surveys. 

·         Facilitate the implementation of projects for the control of the respective diseases, including the 

procurement of safe, efficacious, and affordable medicines and technologies. 

·         Guide the documenting and dissemination of best practices and partners’ experiences. 

·         Analyze and evaluate a diverse range of data and information related to communicable and 

noncommunicable diseases and outbreaks; identify disease sources and provide 

recommendations and reports on the appropriate response to identified risks, and the 

implementation of preventative and control measures. 

·         Monitor the national burden of communicable and noncommunicable diseases or factors, 

especially through health information systems and health research activities. Coordinate the 

development or enhancement of existing information systems on communicable and 

noncommunicable diseases and the monitoring of progress towards Universal Health Coverage 


·         Leverage knowledge of local systems and cultural norms to: serve as technical communication 

focal point with the public on communicable diseases in the country; and establish new 

community outreach activities concerning the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of 

communicable and noncommunicable diseases. 

·         Advocate, build and strengthen partnerships and networks to enhance multi-sectoral 

collaboration to address integrated, communicable and noncommunicable disease prevention 

and control. and contribute to resource mobilization for the work programme.



Essential: A university degree (bachelor’s) in a relevant field (such as public health, epidemiology 

or statistics).
Desirable: Training or specialization in communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases



Essential: A minimum of five years of work experience relevant to the position (in communicable and 

non-communicable diseases, focusing on disease investigation, surveillance, and control, as well as 

developing strategies and action plans for implementing capacity building and disease prevention 

Desirable: Demonstrated professional experience providing technical services to national counterparts, 

Ministries of Health, and other partners on communicable disease related issues. 

● Relevant work experience, with WHO and/or United Nations agencies, health cluster partners, 

non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Some of the above-listed experience to 

have been obtained in an international context.


● Transmissions, specialized methods of diagnosis, development, and treatment of communicable 

diseases, including HIV infection and other communicable and noncommunicable diseases. 

● Technical and programmatic knowledge of the prevention and control of a range of communicable 

and/or noncommunicable diseases. 

● Expertise to strategically plan, coordinate, and support the implementation of health programme 


● Disease prevention and control. 

● District hospital care, universal health coverage, in-service and pre-service training, essential 

noncommunicable disease drugs, primary health care delivery systems. 

● Knowledge of country situation in communicable and noncommunicable diseases. 

● Best practices of international organizations’ in the related disease control areas, primarily WHO’s 

policies, practices, guidelines and procedures, and ability to apply them in the country office 


● Health and safety regulations. 

● Excellent analytical and organizational skills. 

● Skills in developing and promoting collaborative multi-sectoral partnerships and mobilizing 


● Ability to provide clear advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners.

WHO Competencies 

The Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model can be found at who global competency model_february 2015.pdf·         Teamwork

·         Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences 

·         Communication 

·         Producing results

Use of Language Skills 

Essential: Expert knowledge of English and French, And expert knowledge of Arabic 

The above language requirements of English and French are interchangeable. 


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at 758311 in Moroccan Dirhams (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave. 


·         This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level 

·         Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. 

·         A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening. 

·         In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review. 

·         According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. 

·         Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. 

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The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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·         An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice. 

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