Technical Officer (Health and the Environment)

World Health Organization (WHO)
Manila, Philippines
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Division Mandate (Division of Healthy Environments and Populations - DHP):

To provide leadership and action and to support Member States in attaining a greater level of awareness for the promotion of healthy environments and populations by addressing key health-related social, environmental and behavioural risk factors and determinants. This programme will respond to the needs of the population in the aspects of lifestyle approach to the impact of climate change, and noncommunicable diseases, healthy environment, health promotion and related health systems to promote healthy social and physical environments where people live, study, work and play as a substantial and essential element of Sustainable Development, Health Equity and Gender Inequities.


Unit mandate (Health and the Environment - HAE):

To support Member States in improving health outcomes linked to environmental risks including but not limited to: unsafe water and inadequate sanitation, poor air quality (indoor and outdoor), exposure to toxic, hazardous waste and chemicals, and climate change. Emphasis is placed on enabling strengthened collaboration between health and environment sectors. Capacity in countries will be enhanced through regional technical networks of experts and partners, inter-country sharing of good practices, research, policies and action on environmental and occupational hazards to health and strengthening environmental surveillance and information systems. Desired outcomes include strengthened national capacity to undertake environmental health risk assessment and followed by appropriate multisectoral responses (e.g. laws, regulations, policies, plans, and programmes) to increase resilience to climate change and achieve Sustainable Development Goals.


Under the supervision of the Coordinator, Health and the Environment:


- Collaborate with Member States, non-government organizations, international partner agencies, ACE, WHO country offices, WHO collaborating centres and other organizations in developing plans and activities on programmes by assessing regional situations and needs, defining priorities for WHO support, developing plans and projects, identifying sources of funding, and implementing and evaluating the plans and projects;


- Coordinate intersectoral cooperation for effective and efficient management of environmental health risk factors at regional and national levels;


- Liaise communication and to facilitate close cooperation between the Republic of Korea and WHO WPRO in the implementation of environmental health programme in the Region and to tailor and share the successful and good policies and practices of environmental health in the Republic of Korea to other developing countries in the Region; and


-Undertake related duties as required, including but not limited to:

(i) represent WHO and/or WPRO at technical meetings related to the areas of responsibility;

(ii)participate in and support interdivisional and inter-programme coordination and collaboration activities in the Regional office;

(iii) act for other regional staff members when necessary to facilitate continuity of work within units in the team; and

(iv)perform other related duties, as assigned.




Essential: Postgraduate degree (Master's level or above) in environmental science or engineering or public health, medical sciences and other related academic background from a recognized university.

Desirable: Training in environmental health is an advantage.


Essential: Minimum seven years of experience in planning or implementing projects, plans, programmes or applied studies relating to environmental health in both national and international level.

Desirable: Considerable experience at international level.


- Broad knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in environmental health; ability to plan, develop and implement and promote environmental health-related activities and projects; ability to communicate effectively and work harmoniously as a member of a team in and outcome-oriented manner with national and international colleagues of different educational and cultural backgrounds; and ability to maintain a high standard of personal conduct. Ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural setting.

- Work experience in project management (planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) and writing of progress reports particularly under tight schedule and meeting of deadlines.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of other UN language.


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 72,637 (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 2772 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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