Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HSR)

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This is a D-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 15 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 225,495 USD and 284,551 USD.

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The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is a WHO hosted partnership aiming at the promotion, generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) to improve the performance of health systems across the world.

The specific objectives of the Alliance are to:

1. Stimulate the generation and synthesis of policy-relevant health systems knowledge, encompassing evidence, tools andmethods;

2. Promote the dissemination and use of health policy and systems knowledge to improve the performance of health systems; and

3. Facilitate the development of capacity for the generation, dissemination and use of HPSR knowledge among researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders.


The Executive Director will: Based on the guidance from the board, set a vision for the Alliance and ensure alignment with organizational priorities.

- These include increasing the Alliance's influence and impact in countries through high level advocacy with policy makers, funders, civil society, and media, and improving the demand and use of evidence for better health systems performance.

- Provide leadership and authoritative guidance to enhance the use of health policy and systems research within the organization as well as by other global actors as a means of achieving global health goals.

- Represent the Alliance in high-level meetings with partners and coordinate overall strategies and programme interrelationships to ensure maximum cooperation and efficiency among partners.

- Monitor the impact of health policy and systems research initiatives and trends to ensure the organization's continued relevance and leadership in the field.

- Seek policy support and strengthened cooperation with relevant WHO departments, regional and country offices, development partners, academia, and national policymakers for development of a coordinated effort in areas of health systems research.

- Create high level policy networks which can be accessed to bring resources, expertise and attention to achieve complex programme objectives related to health systems strengthening and WHO priorities, namely Universal Health Coverage, Health Emergencies, and Healthier Populations.



Essential: Masters level university degree (e.g. MA, MSc, MPH, MSPH or equivalent) in a field relevant to HPSR such as public health, health economics, health services research, medical anthropology, sociology, management, systems science, international/global health, among others. Desirable: A PhD or other higher degree in a relevant subject field. Management or leadership training.


Essential: At least 15 years of national, regional or international experience in health systems and/or policy research (designing, leading and conducting or applying research) of which at least 10 years with focus on low and middle-income countries. At least 5 years of recognized effective and strong leadership and management skills and experience, managing a team of at least 15 staff and budgets at level of at least USD 20 million to deliver against workplans. Demonstrated work experience at the international level. Desirable: Experience working within the international health system at global or regional level (e.g. UN, WHO, IFIs or partnerships). Long-term work experience based in a low or middle-income country, preferably in policy, monitoring or evaluation positions. Experience from having worked on health matters beyond the health sector.


- Outstanding communication and presentation skills with ability to describe complex concepts in a clear and concise manner.

- Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills with ability to promote consensus and develop effective work practices and ethics.

- Ability to mobilize and ensure the effective use of resources.

- Building and promoting partnerships across the Alliance network, WHO, and beyond.

- Promoting innovation and organizational learning.

- Internationally recognized leader in global health or health systems research.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership Producing results Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

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


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 103,660 (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 7153 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.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • This selection may be subject to special selection procedures. Further details of these procedures shall be made available upon request to Cécile Morfin, [email protected]

  • 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.

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