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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.


WHO Maldives Country Office collaborates with the Government of Maldives, mainly through the Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS). The objective of the General Management area of the WHO Country Office for Maldives is to ensure implementation of CCS and the biennial workplans. The General Management area of work has a key strategic role in overseeing, planning and implementation of CCS priorities that span across diverse technical areas and workplans. Work involves cross-cutting technical inputs from country office (CO) staff working on all priority areas such as health systems and Universal Health Coverage, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and risk factors, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health and WHO emergency programme. The specific objective of strategic planning is to explore options and contribute to integrating all health problems and issues within the context of health system to achieve national health targets, universal health coverage and sustainable development goal.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO.

All the Member States of WHO South-East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity, and participation.

WHO's Thirteenth General Programme of Work is anchored in the SDGs and proposes ambitious strategic priorities and targets:

• 1 billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage,

• 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies, and

• 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being.


Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the WHO Representative, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-Maldives biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with Maldives, as part of the WCO-Maldives office, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1. Assist WCO-Maldives in coordinating with WCO and government of Maldives in planning, formulating, and implementing Programme Budget workplans taking into consideration of risk management framework including uploading workplans in the GSM, technical reporting on workplans and serve as a secretary of the Programme Committee.

2. Contribute to overall management and oversight of the WCO-Maldives biennial workplans and budgets, including products, baselines, indicators, and other elements, financial and achievements.

3. Promote best practices, methods, and tools for work planning to improve overall performance of WCO-Maldives and build capacity of staff as needed.

4. Assist WCO-Maldives in creating operational synergies among technical programme, finance and administration, focusing on the effectiveness in work plan implementation and utilization of resource which leads to WCO-Maldives's performance and programme delivery within organizational policy frameworks.

5. Analyse and monitor HR and activity work plans to assess salary savings to be transferred to activities and/or vice-versa, maintain work plans in GSM, towards optimum utilization of country resources in coordination with HR and Budget units.

6. Monitor budget ceilings and PB allocations and arrange for programme changes as and when required to ensure smooth implementation of programmes in coordination with PPC/SEARO and BFU/SEARO as appropriate.

7. Assess the WHO-Maldives financial needs for the biennium; prepare and maintain resource requirements plans, contribute to identifying appropriate funding sources to meet financial needs and shortfalls against budget.

8. Contribute to preparation of technical proposals, record and track donor contribution and review technical report for donors.

9. Ensure optimum use of resources in accordance with WHO rules and regulations, and the terms and conditions of donor agreement.

10. Support WCO-Maldives work in the information analysis and data provision for country profile or organization reports including contributing to the UN country team (UNCT) on development and implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation framework (UNSDCF) and joint work plans (JWPs).

11. Provide technical support and coordinate with national authorities for implementation of programmes under Healthier Populations and Non-Communicable Diseases (HPN) and Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA): RMNCAH, NCD, Mental Health including Gender, Equity and Human Rights.

12. Perform any other duties as assigned by WHO Representative to Maldives.




Essential: University degree in Public Health, Business Administration, or related fields. Desirable: Advanced university degree in Medicine, Public Health, Planning, Business Administration or Finance.


Essential: At least five years of relevant experience in programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. Desirable: Experience in WHO or corporate sector planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation would be an asset. Experience in the reporting to donors would be an asset.


  • The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.
  • Technical expertise in planning and budgeting processes.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to analyse programme proposals and budgets and prepare status reports;
  • Ability to interpret rules and regulations and develop standard procedures;
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international level.
  • Modern management skills (planning and evaluation, etc.).
  • Leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues.
  • Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors.
  • Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
  • Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Ability to draft reports and capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare, monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements.
  • Proficiency in computer applications.
  • Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Dhivehi.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at MVR 473,365 (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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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  • 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.

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