Programme Management Specialist

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This is a P-4 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 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 132,634 USD and 171,004 USD.

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The programme management specialist works with the senior management /head of the WHO office to guide and manage the delivery of programme management support through effective results-based planning and management, budgeting, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of collaborative programmes. The programme management specialist may introduce new approaches to enhance programme management services, particularly in challenging or emergency settings.


The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.

  • Coordinate strategic dialogue as part of the strategic and operational planning for the country office, working closely with the different technical teams.
  • Provide advice to the head of the WHO office and senior staff on the implementation of the one planning and monitoring approach anchored in the Country Cooperation Agreement at the country level.
  • Work closely with the Health Policy Adviser or Specialist to promote integrated approaches and cross-programme collaboration in the entire results-based management cycle that is anchored in the country cooperation strategy.
  • Manage the planning, inclusion of critical programme performance measures, monitoring, analysis, and reporting of programme initiatives for the country office for quality results and strategic decision making including in emergency settings.
  • Coordinate the overall results-based management of the country office including grants management, budget, work planning, and resource allocation to ensure the effective execution of the head of the WHO office public health programmes.
  • Collaborate with resources mobilization focal point on resources mobilization activities.
  • Ensure appropriate use of funds, especially the thematic funding and specified voluntary contributions (VCS) to achieve results.
  • Organize various programme management meetings, capacity-building programmes, and relevant activities, guiding and ensuring follow-up on agreed action points with relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop flexible and innovative solutions to support WHO's outbreak and health emergency operations, in line with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the incident management system.
  • Manage the implementation of flexible and creative solutions to deficiencies in head of the WHO office management processes, towards enhanced results-based management, in line with the SOPs. Propose revisions to corporately generated SOPs.
  • Manage the capacity-building programme or initiatives of the country office on all processes and tools for managing results.


Education Essential: Advanced university degree (master’s) in a relevant field (such as public health and/or management, accounting, business/public administration or physical or social sciences). Specialized training/certification in health programme management (such as planning, monitoring, evaluation of public health programmes). Desirable: Specialized training in planning, results-based management and/or project management.

Experience Essential:

  • A minimum of seven years of work experience relevant to the position (in planning, implementation, monitoring and enhancing of programme management services – including budgets – in international development/public health programmes, programme planning, monitoring and evaluation).
  • Experience in developing countries including in emergency settings.
  • Experience in management of programme budget reporting especially on impact/ results.


  • Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained in an international level.


  • Delivering public health and health sector programmes and activities in developing countries and/or in the context of emergency response relief or preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases.
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis and reporting methods.
  • Demonstrated capacity to foster internal (within country teams) and external collaborations with various stakeholders including Member States and partners.
  • Facilitating strategic planning processes.
  • Results-based management with training in results-based planning and monitoring frameworks, particularly in the area of public health.
  • Programme management in the context of emergency situations, in particular the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF).
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including for reports, presentations and technical documents.
  • Ability to propose innovative approaches and solutions to challenging situations.
  • Organizational planning frameworks, in particular the WHO Planning, Budgeting and Monitoring framework.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 77,326 (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 4130 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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