Technical Officer (Environmental Health)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Laos 🇱🇦

Objectives of the Programme

Health and the Environment (HAE):

To support Member States in improving health outcomes linked to environmental risks including but not limited to: unsafe water and inadequate sanitation, poor air quality (indoor and outdoor), exposure to toxic, hazardous waste and chemicals, and climate change. Emphasis is placed on enabling strengthened collaboration between health and environment sectors. Capacity in countries will be enhanced through regional technical networks of experts and partners, intercountry sharing of good practices, research, policies and action on environmental and occupational hazards to health, and strengthening environmental surveillance and information systems. Desired outcomes include strengthened national capacity to undertake environmental health risk assessment and followed by appropriate multisectoral responses (e.g. laws, regulations, policies, plans, and programmes) to increase resilience to climate change and achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

Description of Duties

Under the supervision of the Head of WHO Country Office in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic with guidance of the Director, NCD and Health through the Life-Course, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Collaborate with the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries and authorities in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme areas, including climate change and health, air quality, environmental health impact assessment, water and sanitation, health care waste management, chemical safety, and worker’s health;

2. Collect, analyse, and disseminate information on all aspects of environmental and occupational health, including institutional and human resources development, appropriate technology, hygiene education, community involvement, gender issues in environmental and occupational health, etc. and prepare status reports and sector profiles;

3. Develop, organize and implement human resources development activities including country/intercountry training on technical and social aspects of environmental and occupational health; maintain contact with country officials to identify needs; provide technical input to develop training capabilities in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, collaborating with training institutes; and plan, support and conduct workshops, seminars, training courses and on-the-job training to introduce improved techniques/tools/approaches;

4. Develop innovative approaches to capacity-building based on vulnerability assessment, profile of climate change and health outcome, monitoring of environmental health situation and of environmental health research results in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and based on ongoing review of data and information on environmental health service coverage/issues;

5. Identify the need for, and promote and facilitate, applied studies on social, technical, managerial and economic aspects of environmental and occupational health; and promote and identify priority projects and formulate project proposals and cost estimates for funding;

6. Collaborate with relevant national officials, and other United Nations, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and nongovernment organizations to improve the effectiveness of resource utilization; and

7. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Essential: Master’s level university degree in environment-related science or engineering, from a recognized university.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in public health or occupational health.


Essential: Minimum of seven years’ experience, including experience at national and international level, in environmental and occupational health.
Desirable: Working experience in developing countries highly desirable. Experience with WHO would be an advantage.


  • Broad and thorough knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in environmental and occupational health;
  • Significant knowledge and skills in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating multisectoral policy, strategy, action plans, regulations for environmental and occupational health management and
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical documents.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Producing results
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of other UN languages .


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2193 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

Additional Information

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