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  • Organization: WHO
  • Location: USA
  • Type: Full Time
  • Job Title: Project Support Specialist
  • Close on: 29 Mar 2023

About Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for promoting health, preventing illness, and providing assistance and guidance to countries on health-related matters. It was established on April 7, 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO has a global mandate to provide leadership on public health issues, including the development of health policies, guidelines, and standards; the monitoring and assessment of health trends; and the coordination of international health responses. It also works to promote health equity and to address health inequities, including those related to social and economic factors.

WHO has six regional offices worldwide, including the Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), the Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO), the Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO), the Regional Office for Europe (EURO), the Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), and the Regional Office for Western Pacific (WPRO). WHO collaborates with other UN agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other partners to achieve its goals.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has played a crucial role in providing guidance and technical support to countries, coordinating the global response, and promoting research and development of vaccines and treatments.

About UN Jobs in USA-Project Support Specialist

The Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE) promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities that are technically sound and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which they are implemented for the surveillance, prevention, control, elimination, and/or reduction of communicable diseases, zoonoses, and environmental threats to health. By offering normative direction, advancing the application of evidence-based interventions, fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, enhancing the efficacy of international collaboration, and facilitating policy and decision-making processes, it seeks to have a sustainable impact on health.


The position holder is accountable for, but not exclusively limited to, the following assigned duties under the general supervision of the Director, Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Neglected, Tropical, and Vector- Borne Diseases (CDE/VT):

  1. Provide support for the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the projects, plans, and initiatives funded for the elimination of Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID);
  2. Collaborate with members of the NID team in strategic, financial, and operational planning, including follow-up and coordination of performance monitoring and assessment exercise (PMA); development of the program’s BWP, in alignment with the Organization’s strategic plans and priorities;
  3. Support the team to conduct analysis in all areas related to the budget development and implementation cycle, including the BWP;
  4. Support the team in drafting and consolidating responses to ad hoc information requests from different levels of the Organization (e.g., country briefing books, reviews of strategic indicators);
  5. Provide technical support to optimize programmatic and budgetary implementation; facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of grants from external donors e.g., DFATD, USAID, WHO;
  6. Support the development and consolidation of project work plans and facilitate the consolidation and development of periodic and ad hoc technical and financial reports corresponding to NID grants/funds;
  7. Collaborate and support the team in the preparation of grants and proposals to be submitted to WHO and donors for the elimination of NID in the Region;
  8. Support the team on budget operations as necessary and contribute to the continuous development of the processes in the PASB Management Information System (PMIS);
  9. Support preparation for, and participate in inter-programmatic and cross-organizational working groups, CDE/VT management meetings, and other internal and external fora, as directed;
  10. Collaborate and support the preparation of periodic and final project reports, as directed;
  11. Perform other related duties, as assigned.

UN Jobs in USA-Project Support Specialist Requirments


  • A bachelor’s degree in health or social science or any other field related to the functions of the post from a recognized university.


  • three years of experience in project management, program planning, or project evaluation, including preparation of projects and financial and budgetary monitoring of projects, on a national and international level.


  • Working knowledge of the other language and very good knowledge of either English or Spanish. Portuguese and/or French language proficiency would be advantageous.

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