Technical Officer job at WHO

  • Full Time
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • May 29, 2022

Website World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description


The programme envisions a region where all health-related policies, decisions on healthcare development and implementation, and innovations are informed by best available evidence from verifiable knowledge, research and reliable information. The programme’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of Member States to improve availability, quality and use of evidence from reliable information, research and other sources of knowledge, and to enhance effective innovations toward Universal Health Coverage and health related Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Provide technical advice to Member States and other technical units to improve the availability, quality and use of health information at country and sub-national levels and to strengthen the evidence base at regional and global levels to monitor health, reduce inequalities in health and evaluate programme effectiveness.
  • Build regional and national capacity to monitor health situation, trends, inequalities and determinants using global and regional standards.
  • Synthesize, generate and provide health information and statistics for evidence-informed policy formulation and decision-making at national and sub-national levels, with emphasis on SDGs and UHC objectives, and national priorities and needs.
  • Collaborate with global and regional mechanisms for developing health information systems including hospital information systems, electronic health records and e-prescription systems.
  • Facilitate resource mobilization (human resources, technical and financial) for health information systems strengthening in the region, including global and regional partnerships.
  • Provide technical advice to Member States in conducting situation analysis of the core HIS components to identify gaps, set priorities for the improvement of HIS systems and co-develop evidence-based national HIS strategies.
  • Provide technical guidance to other divisions and Member States in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities and programmes in health information systems, health informatics and big data.
  • Work with other technical units in SID and other divisions to support development of the briefs, reports, and analyses in support of Regional Health Observatory.
  • Develop guidelines to strengthen national capacity to record, compile, analyse and disseminate reliable statistics on health determinants and risk, health status and health system response, including core health indicators.
  • Lead the design, implementation, and analysis of the health examination surveys, other population-based and facility-based surveys.
  • Provide technical support to EMR countries and technical units in data analysis and statistical modelling of survey micro data and other observational studies.
  • Advise countries on improving the health management information systems (including hospital information systems, PHC information systems) and promote the assessment of quality of routine data.



Essential: Master’s degree in biostatistics, epidemiology, demography, health informatics or medical/public health with post-graduate degree training in health informatics, biostatistics, demography or epidemiology.

Desirable: PhD in one of the above mentioned fields; Post-graduate training in statistical programming languages such as Stata or R.


Essential: At least 7 years’ relevant experience, combined at the national and international levels, in health information related areas such as health information systems, statistics, demography, epidemiology, health informatics, big data, mortality and causes of death estimation, survey design/implementation and surveillance.

  • Experience providing technical advice to countries and conducting capacity building workshops in any of the above mentioned areas.

Desirable: Relevant WHO/UN experience. Working experience in developing countries and countries in emergency.


  • Very good knowledge of the assessment, planning, development and implementation of projects and programmes on health information systems, hospital information systems, health informatics, statistics and big data.
  • Technical expertise in the development and implementation of strategies to improve HIS and disease and risk factors surveillance systems.
  • Excellent knowledge of the principles of epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Excellent knowledge of the principles of survey design, implementation and analysis.
  • Good knowledge of demographic techniques and mortality analysis.
  • Excellent analytical skills in health situation and trends analysis and statistical modelling.
  • Proven abilities in the design and delivery of national and international seminars, workshops and training activities.
  • Knowledge of statistical software, such as STATA and R.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills in English including the development of reports, oral presentations and technical documents.

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Another WHO language.


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