Closing date: Thursday, 6 April 2023


Description of assignment title: Technical Officer

Assignment country: Egypt

Expected start date: 04/15/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WHO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Cairo


Mission and objectives

The World Health Organization serves as the directing and coordinating authority for public health within the United Nations system. WHO seeks to promote health, ensure everyone can attain the highest level of health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable through partnerships, people and countries.


This UNV assignment is part of the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer, which is a five-year collaborative effort between WHO and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to increase care access, quality, and integration of childhood cancer in national and global agendas. The overall objective of the Initiative is to measurably improve health outcomes and to reduce suffering for children by scaling-up the capacity of Member States to provide quality services for children with cancer, and to increase prioritization of childhood cancer in national priority benefit packages.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Technical Officer for Cancer, the Regional Adviser on NCD Prevention at the Noncommunicable Diseases Prevention (NCP) unit and the overall guidance of the Director, UHC/Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO EMRO, the incumbent is expected to contribute to the implementation of the RFA on cancer prevention and control with a focus on the regional roll out of the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer, and will include the following responsibilities: 1. Review available literature for regional/country situation analysis on childhood cancer; 2. Develop presentations, progress reports and briefs on childhood cancer; 3. Assist in in drafting, formatting and editing normative and communication document on the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancers initiative and liaise with necessary partners across the three levels of WHO; 4. Support the adaptation and dissemination of GICC technical package and tools in the Eastern Mediterranean Region; 5. Assist in organizing regional and country meetings/workshops including webinars related to GICC; 6. Assist in monitoring GICC implementation progress in priority countries, liaising with WHO Country offices, project partners and contributing to the documentation of country progress/case studies/reports to donors; 7. Support efforts towards enhancing palliative care in the region; provide coordination facilitation for the WHO EMR Palliative Care Network and implementation of the 2023 PC Network Roadmap; 8. Engage in regional efforts for enhancing governance for childhood cancers and cancers in general, namely through multisectoral action, investment cases etc.; 9. Contribute to the review and production of relevant WHO publications and proposals; 10. Provide support to other related areas of cancer work as deemed appropriate, namely other WHO global initiatives being implemented in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Global Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy and Global Breast Cancer Initiative); 11. Develop and submit a progress report at the end of the assignment. *Results/expected outputs

  •  As an active WHO team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly, and high-quality support rendered to WHO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
  •  The incumbent is expected to contribute to the implementation of the Regional Framework for Action (RFA) on cancer prevention and control with a focus on the regional roll out of the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer;
  •  Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;
  •  A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in Clinical or academic experience in the field of cancer control/oncology and in conducting literature reviews. and; – Clinical or academic experience in childhood cancer; – Field and/or developing country experience in the field of cancer control; – Relevant experience, especially in countries in the EMR;

  •  Strong communication and interpersonal skills to nurture ongoing partnership and collaboration efforts;
  •  Good organizational and project management skills, including ability to work independently and deliver high quality results in a timely manner;
  •  Excellent drafting skills in English.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in medicine, public health, or related areas directly relevant to cancer control.

Competencies and values

  •  Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to WHO; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to WHO procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
  •  Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and WHO in daily activities and behaviors while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure indecision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior; does not abuse power or authority
  •  Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
  •  Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  •  Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  •  Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge toa wide range of different target groups;
  •  Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;
  •  Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards WHO’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Cairo, Egypt is a family duty station with a wide range of services (health, education and leisure) and good living conditions. Cairo (and Egypt) has long been a center of the region’s political and cultural life, with high levels of tourism. Like other similar cities, Cairo offers good quality of life in terms of access to shopping centres, banks, medical services, educational facilities, cultural events, etc. The Arab Republic of Egypt has a unique geographical position in Northeast Africa, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, on the Mediterranean and Red Sea, and its connection to Sub Saharan Africa through the Nile Valley. The country is defined by desert and the Nile, the longest river on Earth. UN Specialist Volunteer gets the following package: – Volunteer Living Allowance (around USD 2,309/Month) – Entry Lump-Sum = USD 4000 (one-time payment) – Exit Lump-Sum = USD 225/ month (upon completion of contract) – Medical and life Insurance premium/Cigna (100%) for UNV and dependents. – Access to UNV E-Campus for training and learning including access to LinkedIn learning. Further entitlements and information at:

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy.