District Health Systems (DHS) Officer

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This is a NO-C contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be more than 2,276 USD.

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To provide technical advice and expertise for the development of integrated people-centered services for communities and referral for optimal use of resources by all programmes; to accelerate progress towards universal coverage of safe and quality health services; to assist the country to develop and manage a competent and motivated health workforce that can deliver integrated people-centred services. 2. Coordination of health partners and better alignment of funding mechanisms from Global Health Initiatives: ensure that all stakeholders are aligned with the national priorities and plans; they use common M&E and review mechanisms aiming at strengthening one national health system.


Manages operational planning and implementation of WHO's Health management system at the district level, coordinate the technical, normative, and operational inputs, in cooperation with district team members, ensuring fulfilment of WHO's critical functions.Supports to build and strengthen the District health system. Informs, and monitors strategic decision making, planning and implementation through the health sector/cluster response in support of national and local health authorities' identified priorities. Supports the systematic and regular identification and monitoring of health risks and needs and the planning and implementation of the most effective prevention, control and response measures. This includes the dissemination of risk communication messages, the strengthening of early warning and surveillance systems, the delivery of quality health services and the undertaking of operational and scientific research to improve interventions as needed in response to affected populations, at the district level. Co-develops and co-implement a relevant monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes. Guide the WHO's field support team on a continued self-assessment and reflection on planning, budgeting, operational service delivery. Contributes to building the national capacity through need identification, development, operationalization and implementation of a capacity-building and training plan.Conducts regular and frequent coordination meetings with all district health and other sectors' partners, convene internal meetings to monitor and evaluate programme implementation, district work plans, facilitation of resource mobilization, prioritization, accountability of all stakeholders and effective decision-making. Engages with other relevant local authorities and civil society to facilitate and ensure the smooth implementation of the agreed strategy.Performs any other duties as required by the functional supervisors.



Essential: University degree in public health or Medicine or related field from an accredited university. Desirable: Masters in public Health or epidemiology or related field from an accredited university. Medical degree is preferred.


Essential: At least five (05) years of relevant experience, at national levels, in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of programmes. Desirable: Prior emergency working experience at field level with WHO, other UN agencies, or recognized humanitarian organizations with expertise in disaster and outbreak response.Demonstrated experience working with subnational health authorities (province, region, and district) at the country level.


Sound knowledge in planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes, including budgeting and resource management.Proven skills in working with partners and strengthening their technical, management and operational capacity within the incident management system. Demonstrated skills in strategic planning, organization and guiding actors and groups towards agreed goals. Ability to take the perspective of a national partner to support their needs and challenges. Demonstrated ability to produce results, while respecting WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Creating an empowering and motivating environment Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at ERN 409,725 (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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.

  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.

  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

Added 10 months ago - Updated 9 months ago - Source: who.int