Environmental Health Officer

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Applications have closed

World Health Organization

WHO Is a United Nations specialized agency concentrating exclusively on health by providing technical cooperation, carrying out programmes to control and eradicate disease and striving to improve the quality of human life.

Special Service Agreement – Environmental Health Officer — NO -C


The purpose of the post is to provide technical support to the country for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of primary prevention interventions with particular emphasis on climate change, safety of drinking water, safe sanitation, waste management, air pollution in the context of the Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa.

Overall Objective

The objective of the Regional Programme on the Protection of the Human Environment is to contribute to the reduction of the environmental burden of disease, through regular assessments of the environmental risk factors to human health and the deployment of cost effective preventive interventions in the context of the Libreville Declaration on health and environment in Africa, the Framework For Public Health Adaptation To Climate Change In The African Region and in pursuit of Millennium Development Goals and future Sustainable Development Goals.

The incumbent will be working as an NPO for Environmental Health (EHO) under the direct supervision of WR.  Their activities will therefore be articulated under the regional action plan for health and environment.  The incumbent will work in close collaboration with other disease prevention and control programmes to ensure the effective consideration and inclusion of primary prevention interventions in their strategies. S/he will closely interact with WHO Regional Office for Africa in order to streamline the work related to climate change. S/he will also relate to other partners working on health and environment issues to coordinate country support efforts.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the WR and the incumbent will provide technical support to the country in planning, monitoring and evaluation environmental health interventions with a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene in the context of Climate variability and change. The specific duties are to:

  • Ensure the integration of health and environment dimensions into public health and sustainable development policies and plans, including those related to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Provide technical support to MOH and other sectors to develop their technical and institutional capacities for the implementation of primary prevention interventions, particularly those related to safety of drinking water, safe sanitation, waste management, air pollution, malaria and other vector borne diseases management.
  • Support countries to develop and implement national plans of adaptation to Climate change (HNAPs) in the context of The United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Support Capacity building initiatives in the area of environmental health and Climate Service Actions
  • Develop and disseminate technical guidelines for healthy settings initiatives (healthy cities, healthy markets, healthy schools, healthy villages etc.) and work with municipalities in the preparation and implementation of action plans on their healthy settings initiatives. The incumbent will also ensure the deployment of integrated health and environment management strategies as healthy settings and promote community mobilization and participation in national and local healthy settings initiatives.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report country progress on climate change and health related activities, particularly the achievement of millennium development goals related to improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation, malaria and other vector borne diseases management, and support nutrition improvement strategies.
  • Support research to assess Climate change, health and environmental linkages and their policy implications, particularly, the use of climate services in disease surveillance.
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by the WR

Required Profile 

WHO Competencies

  1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
  2. Producing results
  3. Moving forward in a changing Environment
  4. Fostering integration and team work

Functional Skills and Knowledge (Describe skills and knowledge specific to the post): 

  • Excellent knowledge of health and environment linkages and ways of addressing them.
  • Ability to Good knowledge of health systems and processes of policy formulation and implementation.
  • Technical competence in occupational health.
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to work in a network and in an international/multicultural environment;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.


Essential: An advanced degree in a relevant field; e.g. Public Health, Civil or Public Health Engineering, Health Promotion, Environmental Health Science; Biological Sciences ;

Desirable: Post graduate degree in Public health would be an asset


EssentialFive years of experience in the management of health and environment programmes.

Desirable: Practical experience in occupational health.

Use of Language skills:

Essential: Fluency in English, Chichewa and Tumbuka are required

Desirable: Working knowledge of French is an added advantage

Other Skills (e.g. IT): Computer literacy with a sound knowledge of the access software and basic skills in programming.

Period of assignment:

From 1st November, 2019 to 30th September, 2020

How to apply

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Applicants are also requested to visit the mentioned link for deadline information. The selected candidates will be contacted to provide certified documents.

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