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OFFRE D'EMPLOI OMS Health Policy planning Coordinator (Roster: Botswana, Eritrea, eSwatini, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) - (1905039)

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: Two (2) years

Job Posting: Nov 8, 2019, 4:14:43 PM

Closing Date: Nov 29, 2019, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Botswana-Gaborone

Other Locations: Lesotho-Maseru, Ethiopia-Addis Ababa, Malawi-Lilongwe, Zimbabwe-Harare, Gambia-Banjul, Uganda-Kampala

Organization: AF/HSS Health Systems and Services

Schedule: Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. 


A key purpose of the WHO Health System Strengthening Framework for Action is to promote a common understanding of what a health system is and what constitutes health systems strengthening. It also provides a basis to support countries in scaling up health systems and services: addressing bottlenecks in a collaborative, coordinated way, driven by desired health outcomes, to achieve sustainable system-wide effects. To be most effective, this process must be country-led, based on priorities set out in comprehensive national health plans.


At the country level, the incumbent will support building resilient health systems based on primary health care, supporting universal health coverage. The work encompasses the following areas: health system strengthening including financial protection and governance for social and human rights; organization of health services with focus on people-centred and integrated health care along the life time continuum of care; strengthening of procurement and supply of pharmaceutical and other health commodities; health workforce, capacity-building and skills strengthening for health.


The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

1.    Provide technical guidance and support in the development and implementation of robust national health policies, programmes and plans.

2.    Advise and collaborate on the development, implementation, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes in the areas of health governance, health policy and systems development, health services organization and management supporting universal health coverage.

3.    Support high level advocacy for increased investment and multi-sectoral action for health

4.    Support the establishment of standards for the design, organization and functional health programming and operation of health systems based on primary health care, supporting universal health coverage, integrated health and pharmaceutical services networks including hospitals, integrated reproductive maternal, newborn and child health, public health infrastructure and services.

5.    Provide technical assistance to Member States to design an essential health service package, taking into consideration the social and cultural aspects for the effective use and access to services.

6.    Ensure continuity of care at emergencies particularly for people with chronic disorders, pregnant mothers, children under five years’ morbidities and disabilities, etc. and provide measures to strengthen referral channels.

7.    Contribute to the identification and targeting of health inequities and the inclusion of vulnerable groups to ensure equitable access to quality health services.

8.    Contribute to the development, planning, and training of human resources in health aimed at increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of the workforce; organize, conduct, or facilitate capacity-building activities.

9.    Coordinate the planning and implementation of the technical activities pertaining to quality of care and the health services infrastructure (nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, medicines, vaccines, and medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, health information system including vital statistics and medical record keeping) and priority programmes based on the needs of affected populations.

10.  Disseminate up-to-date knowledge and findings in the various areas of specialization; advise on the introduction and transfer of experiences and technologies through capacity-building processes.

11.  Support the development and consolidation of the health information system to assist in the decision-making processes; provide information on the health situation, status and trends pertaining to the effective and efficient management of health services.

12. Cooperate with internal team members, national authorities, international cooperation agencies, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other relevant stakeholders, in order to develop alliances and networks that promote access to quality primary care services for the affected population.

13. Provides leadership and guidance to the Health Systems team, ensuring that activities are carried out in a highly professional and timely manner, where needed.

14. Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: An advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in public health, health systems/services administration, health management or health related field from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable: Post-graduate qualification in policy analysis


Essential: At least seven years of progressive and related experience, at the national and international levels, in areas related to health policy, planning and management, health systems recovery and development, health services delivery in emergencies, extension of health care services to underserved populations/areas, and developing strategies to overcome barriers to accessing health care services, including essential medicines.

Desirable: Prior humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO, other UN agency, health cluster partners; recognized humanitarian organizations or with an international nongovernmental organization with expertise in disaster and health emergencies response.

Skills and Knowledge


1.    Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

2.    Working knowledge of online data collection applications, statistical analysis packages (Stata, SPSS, etc.).

3.    Working knowledge of supply forecasting and inventory control systems for medical supplies.

WHO Competencies

1.    Creating an empowering and motivating environment

2.    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3.    Ensuring the effective use of resources

4.    Teamwork

5.    Communication


Use of Language Skills


Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.


Desirable: Working knowledge of French.



WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 72,637 US Dollars (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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

·    Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

·    A written test may be used as a form of screening.

·    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 will require individual review.

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