Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Editor - WHO (Apply by: October 12, 2015)

Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/HIS/FT498

Title: Editor

Grade: P4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  One year - Renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 21 September 2015

Application Deadline: 12 October 2015
12 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) /
HQ/KER Knowledge, Ethics and Research (HQ/KER)

The mission of the Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research (KER) is to manage, disseminate and ensure the quality of WHO's information products, including guidelines; to translate evidence into policy and practice; to develop ethical and evidence-based policies for research; to coordinate the implementation of the WHO strategy on research for health; to develop and manage the Global Observatory for Health Research and Development; and to develop, strengthen and promote the use of information and communication technologies for health. The unit of WHO Press (WHP) is located in the department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research (KER). WHP is responsible for the production and publication of the Bulletin of the World Health printing services, supports publication activities throughout the organization and provides secretariats for the Publishing Policy Coordination Group and the Guidelines Review Committee Organization, promotion and distribution of WHO monographs and the Global Health History Seminar series. WHP manages WHO copyright and licensing translations, contracts external printing services, supports publication activities throughout the Organization and provides secretariats for the Publishing Policy Coordination Group and the Guidelines Review Committee.

Description of duties:
Screen submitted manuscripts for originality, methodological rigor, international public health significance and suitability for the readership of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Write letters of rejection, choose peer reviewers, present reviewed papers to editors' meetings and correspond with authors on those papers considered for publication. Select, train and supervise external technical editors and supply them with formatted manuscripts in function of each issue's print content and early online publication needs. Ensure that technical editors' work is consistent with the WHO style guide, and is technically accurate and approved by corresponding authors. Contribute to the development of WHO Press monographs and serials as required by the Coordinator, WHO Press.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.


Recognized university degree in medicine or science and post graduate degree in public health and/or epidemiology.


Additional post-graduate qualifications in advanced epidemiology and biostatistics.
This position requires extensive knowledge of the public health literature and an ability to judge original papers for novelty, relevance, methodological accuracy and suitability for publication by the World Health Organization. The position also requires a full knowledge of the peer review process used by scientific journals and well-developed skills in presenting and communicating research results. A thorough knowledge of technical editing requirements and the ability to supervise external editors, to jointly produce highly accurate and legible text, figures and tables to a monthly publication schedule is essential.

Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

WHO Mandatory competencies:
1. Technical Expertise
2. Overall attitude at work
3. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Other WHO competencies identified for success in this role:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork

7 years of editing experience for a peer-reviewed journal in the basic or applied sciences. Publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Familiarity with manuscript tracking systems and open access publishing.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French and another WHO official language.
Additional Information:
Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (to learn more about WHO's operations) Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date

WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

This vacancy is published in English only.

Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$68,294 at single rate
US$73,338 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 91 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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