23 October 2016
PDF/Print version
Returning applicants, please log in
Not registered? Register here
List of closed vacancies
Return to current vacancies list

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/GMG/FT639
Title: Engineer (Collaboration Services)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 20 November 2015
Application Deadline: 4 January 2016 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/GMG General Management (HQ/GMG) /
HQ/ITT Information Technology and Telecommunications (HQ/ITT)
The department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has an operational and strategic role. On the one hand, the department provides relevant, quality, reliable, and cost effective IT services in order for the Organization to achieve its health mandate. On the other hand, it aims to be a strategic enabler for WHO by creating partnerships with business units (administrative and health technical), capturing business needs, establishing and managing projects to address these requirements. The work of the department is categorized under the WHO's programme of Corporate services and enabling functions (Category 6) with specific focus on Effective management and administration established across the organization (6.4). The Enterprise Shared Services (ESS) team is responsible for developing and delivering a strong portfolio of global shared services across the Organization. The team strives to identify opportunities to share and leverage commonalities across WHO offices, leading to shared services and enterprise agreements in the areas of infrastructure, communications, collaboration, productivity, business processes support and information management.
Description of duties:
1. Provide the technical expertise for the implementation, migration and operation of systems (e.g. SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, etc.) underpinning collaboration services, and their integration with Office applications for productivity.

2. Ensure proper functioning, availability and security of above systems.

3. Develop and maintain system documentations and standard operating procedures.

4. Develop, maintain and perform regular tests of recovery plans for these systems.

5. Interface with third party entities (near-shore, offshore, or outsourced) involved in the delivery and operation of collaboration and productivity services.

6. Develop and maintain scripts to automate systems deployment, operations and management.

7. Develop and maintain processes and scripts to automate provisioning and de-provisioning of SharePoint sites, mailboxes, and access authorizations.

8. Provide third-level support for user requests, incident and problem management.

9. Make related contributions to knowledge bases for users and support teams.

10. Provide professional solutions or consulting services to ICT projects, both in HQ and Regional Offices, in the areas of expertise.

11. Stay current on latest technologies, particularly as they relate to development and enhancement of WHO information and communications technology infrastructure, and recommend and implement enhancements and extensions.

12. Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
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.

A first university degree in computer science, engineering, information management, or related discipline.

Microsoft certifications related to one or more of the following: SharePoint, Messaging, Communication and Desktop Infrastructure. ITIL Certifications.

For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
- In-depth knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint, including its integration with Office suite.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory, Directory Federation and Exchange.
- Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 hosted services, office applications, and migration processes and tools.
- Exposure to broad range of IT infrastructure technologies, configurations, and services.
- Good knowledge of scripting for systems deployment, operation and maintenance.
- Understanding of network and related services.
- Understanding of systems management, performance tuning and monitoring tools.
- Understanding of software applications management, configuration and automated installations.
- Able to effectively support many systems and users.
- Adaptability and flexibility for working in complex and changing environment and under pressure.
- Creativity in approach to new challenges, both technological and organizational.
- Exceptional interpersonal, planning and organizational skills.
- Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills.
- Essential: MS Sharepoint, Active Directory, Exchange MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint,Visio, etc).

WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
5. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 5 years of professional experience, of which at least 2 years should be at the global or international level, in deploying and supporting SharePoint platform for collaboration, and integrating it with Office applications on desktops. Within this experience at least 3 years of proven experience supporting large-scale environments, with large, global user bases, working with teams across geographic and cultural boundaries. Proven experience working with Microsoft Active Directory, Directory Federation and Exchange. Experience developing, documenting and maintaining system documentations and standard operating procedures.

Recent working experience implementing and migrating to Microsoft Office 365 services. Experience supporting a managed desktop environment with Microsoft SCCM. Experience in leading and managing projects with UN or other international or multinational organizations.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Beginners knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
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.
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.

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)
USD 56'766 at single rate
USD 60'813 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 89.2 % 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.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

This vacancy is shown for viewing only. It is not currently open for applications
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.