Public health Specialist (epidemiology)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)



Core Predictable Country Presence (CPCP) position.


Advance coordination with all technical focal points at regional and headquarters levels, under the guidance of the head of the WHO country office. Provide authoritative advice to national public health authorities and lead the epidemiological work of the country office that underpins policy formulation. undertake research and leadership on the design and analysis of policy research programmes and projects Ensure that the WHO Country Office has access to all relevant existing country-specific health-related data. This includes national and subnational datasets, such as demographics of populations affected by specific diseases (relevant age, gender, etc.) and time trends. Analyze such data sets to provide additional insights on the country’s health context and epidemiological situation. Serve as focal person for all internal and external requests related to country-specific data. As needed, ensure government agreement for the use and dissemination of such data. Assist the government and relevant institutions on the enhancement of national capacities in epidemic and disease-trends’ forecasting and detection systems, including epidemiology and laboratory surveillance for monitoring and evaluating the core surveillance and real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data. Lead and coordinate the development of training courses for public health professionals on epidemiological surveillance, outbreak investigation, and/or the improvement of related data management. Oversee the WHO Office’s support to the government in conducting field investigations of public health events. when required by the specific country or health situation. Collaborate with Health Emergency teams to promote WHO’s position and successfully influence national health authorities to develop infection prevention and control programmes in health care facilities, including (where and when required) focusing on preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics. Participate, as needed, in risk assessments for unusual health events. Collect primary and secondary data, analyze and synthesize data on health for health monitoring and evaluation of national strategies, programmes, or projects. Generate knowledge, develop and disseminate information products such as policy briefs and research summary to support the translation of evidence into policy and decision-making. Collaborate with relevant authorities on the development and maintenance of a national system for comprehensive data collection and trend analysis of public health events. Play a lead role in the analysis, interpretation, and knowledge building of surveillance data (including virological data) through WHO and peer-reviewed publications and media. Encourage collaboration and develop innovative advocacy initiatives and project proposals for joint action and resource mobilization to augment national, operational responses to public health events. Act as the main liaison between government and WHO (all levels) on country-specific data gathering and dissemination of WHO-generated data and data analysis.



Essential: Advanced university degree (master’s level) in epidemiology, public health, medical or other studies in a field directly related to the position.
Desirable: PhD in Epidemiology or social study research.


Essential: A minimum of seven (07) years of work experience relevant to the position (in epidemiology or public health research including developing implementing and/or evaluating programmes, policies, and guidelinesas well as monitoring and evaluation of diseases and public health programmes),with some of it obtained in an international context. Part of this must havebeen in a developing country context.
Desirable: Experience in public health research or the compilation and analysis of large data sets from multiple sources and good knowledge of public health programme or epidemiology.


Demonstrated knowledge and professional skills in the development and implementation of public health research. Seasoned expertise in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological data. Strong ability to process, analyse and interpret epidemiological Strong knowledge in the use of statistical software packages such as R, SPSS, SAS, STATA etc. Strong knowledge and experience in policy analysis Knowledge of the communicable and non-communicable disease profile of the country. Demonstrated training skills (developing and conducting training).

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Driving the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 77,326 (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 3815 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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