Technical Officer

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Job Overview

Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): one year

Job Posting: May 8, 2024, 9:19:25 AM

Closing Date: May 22, 2024, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Iraq-Baghdad

Organization: EM_IRQ WHO Representative’s Office, Iraq

Schedule: Full-time  

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WHO has zero tolerance forsexual misconduct (SM), inaction against it and retaliation against those whoraise a complaint or bear witness. WHO’s use of the umbrella term sexualmisconduct includes sexual exploitation, abuse, harassment (SEAH) and violence.Sexual misconduct encompasses all of these prohibited behaviors of a sexualnature perpetrated by our personnel or our implementing partners, and whichharm the populations we serve and the colleagues we serve alongside. WHO’svision, approach and work on prevention and response to sexual misconduct areframed by the WHO Policy on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct (PASM)and the WHO ‘s three-year strategy 2023-2025, as well as WHO’s staff rules andregulations, and our Code of Ethics. To achieve zero tolerance, WHO hasdesignated an overall coordinating department within the Office of theDirector-General – the Department for the Prevention of and Response to SexualMisconduct (PRS) -, a senior PRS coordinator in each of the regional offices,full-time PRS/ staff in our six priority countries in EMRO and provided fundingfor PRS role in IRQ and other countries in the region.


Under the direct supervisionof WHO Head of Office, the Incumbent has the following responsibilities:A. Support to HWCO for PRS: Support the Head of Country Offices (HWCO) and Programme and emergency leaders on matters and activities related to PRS, keeping them updated on PRS requirements and sourcing support from the regional or global levels as needed. Coordinate with the Regional Office to implement the Regional Plan on PRS, within the border framework of WHO’s PRS work and PRS Accountability Framework. Act as the focal point for assessment of Sexual Misconduct (SM) risk in the country, and work with relevant colleagues to complete the Sexual Misconduct Risk Assessment, update it and develop and monitor risk mitigation plans. Support programme and response leaders implement the 10 core in-county PRS activities Support the HWCO or their delegate to complete the SEAH compliance list. Ensure all personnel, staff and non-staff, standing and surge capacity, are screened including the UN Clear Check database. Report regularly to the WR and provide written reports to the Regional Coordinator on progress, risks, challenges and trends. Conduct PSEA capacity assessments of Implementing partners, monitor and review. B. Coordination with the UNCT/HCT: Act as the working-level officer in-country for SEAH in the UNCT/HCT and ensuring communication and coordination between them and WHO. Ensure WHO fulfils the interagency requirements for PSEAH and contribute to joint work such as community engagement, community-based complaints mechanisms, support for joint missions, etc, and bring to the attention of the HWCO any gaps, risks, trends.C. Provide technical guidance and support to address SM:Provide technical guidance concerning appropriate prevention, risk mitigation and response strategies and to advance a victim/survivor centered approach. Work with programme and administrative colleagues in WHO, and in collaboration with the UNCT/HCT to update victim and survivor services in-country and highlight gaps. Be available to guide or support SM complaints, concerns and allegations from victims and survivors, bystanders or witnesses in a safe and confidential manner to be shared only with WHO’s investigation services, and ensure all victims and survivors are referred to the services they need. Provide victim and survivor support when requested to do so by a mandated official (IOS, PRS global or regional, or Staff Health & well-being).E. Provide awareness raising and training support: Facilitate briefing and training on PRS for the WHO workforce and implementing partners. Facilitate information sharing and disseminate communication material and ensure partners and communities are aware of SEA and how to report. E. Learning and development:Collaborate with the regional and global PRSteam to support documentation, progress monitoring, after-action reviews, casestudies and other learning activities.



Essential: A university degree in Social Sciences, Gender, Law, Human Rights, International Development, International Relations, Public Health or other development-related fields.
Desirable: Specialized training in PSEA, gender, human rights,or gender-based violence.


Essential: At least 2 years’ work experience in prevention and response to sexual misconduct or related fieldWork experience with children and/or adults who have witnessed or experienced sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment.
Desirable: Work experience in WHOor another international organization Experience in the delivery of programs in complex humanitarian or development contextsExperience in the provision of safeguarding strategic guidance and technical advice in a complex,large organizationExperience in IP assessments and capacity strengthening implementation plansExperience managing health interventions in complex humanitarian or development contextsExperience conducting awareness raising and training on sensitive issues such as sexual exploitation and abuse, and/or gender-based violence.


Integrity,objectivity, and professional competenceStrong communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skillsEffectivetime-management skillsStrong capacity toembrace cultural diversity and sensitivity to gender issuesAbility to maintain confidentiality and ensure constant data protectionAbility to work in a stressful environmentAbility to maintain focus in crisis situations.Ability to maintain excellent interpersonal working relations (collaboration, tact, patience).Ability to facilitate multidisciplinary and multinational staff.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.



Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 51,693 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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