National Professional Officer (Health Financing)

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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. More about NO-C contracts.



All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right.All of WHO's actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work.

The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritizing impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions\:

(i) providing leadership on global health matters;

(ii) shaping the health research agenda;

(iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options;

(v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary.The WHO Country Office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.

The Division of Country Health Policies and Systems aims to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and implement appropriate health policies and systems to strengthen Universal Health Coverage in the Region. By fostering inter-programmatic collaboration and jointly delivering against WHO's Global Programme of Work (GPW), European Programme of Work (EPW), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, and the triple billion goals more effectively and efficiently, the Division focuses on assisting Member States to\:

--> Enrich the evidence base for policy design and interventions, including through EURO's publications programme.

--> Achieve Universal Health Coverage by strengthening national, regional and local health policies, public health and the health system pillars in line with WHO strategies and policies and SDGs.

--> Strengthen health system investment to adopt and implement policies that promote health, prevent illness and facilitate access to quality health services, by ensuring an inclusive approach across the life course.

--> Build capacity for health systems innovation.

--> Provide high-quality, integrated, people-centred health services, based on primary health care strategies.

--> Promote health across the life course, particularly focusing on

(1) child and adolescent health;

(2) sexual and reproductive health, including making pregnancy safer and women's health;

(3) healthy aging, disability and long-term care; and

(4) mental health.

--> Ensure effective health governance and financing.-

-> Strengthen the health workforce.

--> Develop frameworks which increase access to affordable medicines and technologies and promote the uptake and implementation of digital technology.

The Health Financing Programme (HFI) is responsible for coordination of GPW13 Outcome 1.2 Reduced number of people suffering financial hardships.


The purpose of the post is to actively support the country work and BCA (Biennial Collaborative Agreement) through the implementation of the core and projects related activities in particular on health financing within the overall vision outlined in the 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) and the European Programme of Work (EPW).

Under the supervision of WHO Representative and in close collaboration with the relevant technical staff, the incumbent will perform the following duties\:

1. To oversee the effective implementation of WHO activities related to strengthening the health financing and service delivery functions of the health system, as programmed in the Biannual Collaborative Agreement (BCA), including support to activities on health sector coordination and policy dialogue.

2. To plan and facilitate all types of WHO presence, visits and missions in the country, and monitor and follow-up the recommendations to ensure change.

3. To proactively identify areas for collaboration with the country, capacity building needs, priority health areas to be addressed by the BCA and projects, and to provide relevant technical support in health financing, health system strengthening, health sector coordination and intersectoral issues for health, in collaboration with colleagues as needed.

4. To collect information, analyse, prepare and contribute in a regular and timely manner to various types of materials, reports and situation analyses related to health financing, health system and coordination needs in the country.

5. To assess and certify the appropriate high technical quality, policy relevant and timely implementation of all tasks and activities, providing technical expertise to policy dialogue and capacity building, carried out under the donor financed initiatives or in agreed partnerships with partners at country level.

6. To provide technical assistance to the Ministry and other partners in developing, implementing and evaluating national strategies and policies on improving health system performance and health sector coordination through sector wide approaches both at national and sub-national level (Joint Annual Reviews, policy dialogues, etc).

7. To proactively engage with other initiatives at country level, including those addressing vertical programs from the universal health coverage, health financing and HSS lenses.

8. To proactively engage in regular contacts with institutions and associations concerned with health sector development, including non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies for exchange of information in evaluation of health system's performance and coordination of activities, including the implementation of sector wide approaches.

9. To plan, coordinate and monitor, in close coordination with WHO technical programmes, studies financed through WHO on health system, health financing, service coverage, official development assistance (ODA) and aid efficiency etc. to support the monitoring and evaluation of reform agenda, and overall policy dialogue.

10. To oversee the project(s) implementation team and other staff in the country office in their development and back them up when needed, to ensure a smooth and efficient implementation of the BCA.

11. To serve as the technical resource on health financing and health economics and related health policy issues in the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan.

12. To assess health financing evidence and strategies including PHC governance requests for action by WHO and advise on relevant action.

13. To serve as the primary technical focal point in contacts with UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Kyrgyzstan, on SDG-related activities of the UN and the Government of Kyrgyzstan.



Essential\: University degree (Bachelor's level) in medicine, public health, social and political sciences or economics. Desirable\: University degree (Master's level) in one of the above fields, or postgraduate training in Public Health or other areas relevant to the position.


Essential\: At least, five years of national professional experience working in health financing within the health systems sector; e.g. working with the Ministry of Health, academic institutions or international and/or non-governmental organizations. Desirable\: Relevant work experience with(in) WHO, the UN or other international institutions. Experience delivering policy advice on health financing to strengthen the national health system.


Analytical skills and demonstrated knowledge on how to perform health financing and health system analysis.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Russian. Desirable\: Expert knowledge of Kyrgyz.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 34,365 (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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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  • 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.

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