Technical Officer


The Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact supports and strengthens the generation and collection, analysis, use and dissemination of data and evidence to promote better evidence-informed decision-making in Member States. It's goal is to build capacity in member states to monitor the health of their populations and the impact of health interventions and to promote evidence informed policy decisions. The monitoring of WHO's Global Programme of Work 13 2019-2023 (GPW 13) Impact Framework is also a key function. The Department of Data and Analytics is responsible for monitoring progress on the GPW 13, strengthening country health information, data generation and evidence creation in collaboration with partners and addresses critical data gaps for priority health topics. It also serves as Division focal point for collaboration with other departments with regard to primary data generation efforts and analysis. It undertakes analysis of health trends and determinants.



a) Work with programme partners across WHO to support the integration/interoperability of priority datasets with the GHO data repository and content management systems, implementing data and metadata standards and protocols for data exchange and synchronization.

b) Promotes the use of standardized approaches for exchange and loading of data in a heterogeneous database environment.

c) Provides assistance to WHO technical units to prepare for the uploading and maintenance of datasets following a standards based approach.

d) Provide technical assistance and support training to database administrators across WHO at headquarters and regional levels in the use of data administration and management tools.

e) Contribute to the technical review, implementation and maintenance WHO's XMart data storage and management infrastructure and tools.

f) Supports and promotes the harmonization of data collection streams and procedures across the organization.




Essential : A first level university degree (B.Sc) in computer science.





Essential : Minimum 5 years of practical experience in data management of international health statistics.

Demonstrated experience in curating a large (in terms of amount and breadth of content) database of international health statistics.

Experience assisting and working with health technical groups to define and extract data sets in a multicultural environment across different physical regions and countries.

Desirable : Experience in working with UN organizations.



Working with electronic data management tools.

Ability to quickly and correctly transform and manipulate data from a variety of sources using tools deployed as part of Synergy and XMart.

Detailed knowledge of the XMart data storage schema.

Detailed knowledge of XMart data management tools.

Understanding of International health sector indicators, particularly for the health related sustainable development goals and for universal health coverage.

Practical use/ knowledge of a web content management system, such as WHO`s SiteFinity.

Practical ability to quickly extract data sets for, and create maps using, Instant Atlas.

Ability to use web development tools and languages such as Javascript.

Ability to identify and document correct and appropriate metadata structure and content from arbitrary data sets in order to create a logical model of information to be included with the Global Health Observatory.

Ability to compile and analyse a complete high level data set from source input forms.

Ability to track the process of how data is generated and passed on.

Advanced knowledge of SQL Server, T-SQL, and MSAccess.

Ability to work with business intelligence tools such as Tableau.

Some knowledge of programming language such as Java or Javascript.

Ability to function independently as well as within a team.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively within the team as well partners in and out of WHO for the acquisition and management of data sets.


WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Knowing and managing yourself


Use of Language Skills

Essential : Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable : Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish.




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 60,962 (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 3973 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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