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This is a NO-B 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 2 years of experience, depending on education. More about NO-B contracts.


The Division of Country Support, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSE) supports the development and delivery of WHO's strategic engagement portfolio in Member States with and without country offices. It aims to maximize WHO's impact in countries by helping them realize their health and development ambitions and strategies in line with the European Programme of Work (EPW) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). CSE recognizes that each country is different and needs tailored collaboration. The Division works by bringing people and units together across WHO divisions, offices and key partners. The Division has the principal function to develop mechanisms that help the organization understand, strategize, implement and connect for country impact. In this, it focuses on gathering, analyzing and presenting information for country impact; developing, tracking and refining strategic country engagement plans; supporting programme implementation in countries; and facilitating effective collaboration and networks within the organization and with countries and partners. This includes working with partners and Member States to manage and respond to the health needs of refugees and migrants, with a focus on access to health services and on preparedness for refugee and migrant influxes. CSE operates in particular proximity to Country Offices and provides opportunities for frequent mobility between assignments in the Division and in countries (in particular for team lead positions). Individual technical officers will have -in addition to their specific technical focus- a geographic responsibility by virtue of being a focal point for a limited number of country offices, for which they will provide support across all technical areas covered by CSE. The WHO country office works with the National Authorities to achieve the highest standard of health as a fundamental human right, based on equity and on SDGs principle of leaving no one behind. WHO actions are engrained in the WHO 13th General Programme of Work with its 3 prong objectives of promoting healthier populations, keeping the world safe through addressing health emergencies, and protecting the vulnerable through Universal Health Coverage. WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing Global Health leadership; (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 WHO Country Office is an integral part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Its main role is to facilitate and coordinate all WHO activities at country level and to implement the European Programme of Work2020-2025 -“United Action for Better Health in Europe” which sets out a vision of how the WHO Regional Office for Europe can better support countries in meeting citizens' expectations about health. WHO at country level delivers this through practical, actionable and country focused solutions to health challenges, keeping in perspective that achieving health and well-being is a whole-of-society endeavour; This is done through facilitating the implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement with the country and its corresponding workplan. The WHO Country Office maintains good working relations and ensures information exchange between the country and WHO, policy and strategic guidance on Health issues to all national and international partners in the country, provision of direct technical expertise when needed and aims at more community engagement and participation, and to promote health equity.


To actively support the country work and Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) through the implementation of the core and project-related activities -including preparatory processes and gathering background information from the country, supporting missions and other means to deliver results, follow-up on agreements, changes and developments and actively participate in WHO related country-level activities. Key duties: Support the implementation of WHO activities, -by providing support to health and other sectors in - developing, implementing and evaluating national policies and strategies that help to improve universal health coverage, health system's performance, and inter-sectorial action for health and wellbeing. Closely work with stakeholders and actors at national, sub-national and sub-regional level to improve health governance. Provide technical assistance at the country level on priority issues such as: strengthening and reforming health systems, and public health functions; -implementation of strategies and interventions to address the health burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases; addressing biological, social and environmental determinants of health across the life-course; equity, and emergency preparedness, surveillance and response. Support in the application of tools and guidelines for the improvement of health information and collation of information, data analysis and sharing. Support in the preparation of regular and timely briefings, reports, or situation analysis. Assist the Head of WHO Country Office in all managerial, administrative and liaison activities with the Regional Office and support the effective implementation of all WHO activities in the country as elaborated in the BCA or other WHO action plans. Assist and contribute to promoting partnerships in the country with relevant health stakeholders, and contribute to certifying the correct high technical quality, policy-relevant and timely implementation of all tasks and activities carried out under the donor financed initiatives or in agreed partnerships at country level.-Liaise with institutions, associations and non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies, for exchange of information, coordination of activities and implementation of sector wide approaches. Assist in preparations of missions to the country and support consultants in the country or on missions to neighbouring Member States.



Essential: University degree (Bachelor's level) in medicine, public health, social and political sciences, economics or another relevant area of studies. Desirable: University degree (Master's level) or postgraduate training in any of the above fields. Project management certification.


Essential: At least-two years of national professional experience in project management in the fields of public health, health systems, social and/or health policy, and/or international development and/or related areas. Desirable: Relevant work experience with(in) WHO, the UN or international organizations or entities in the public health sector.


Analytical skills and demonstrated knowledge on how to perform health system analysis. Proficiency in standard computer applications e.g., electronic communication, database searches and management, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and planning software. Emotional intelligence: Ability to identify and manage one's own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Knowing and managing yourself Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of local language. Desirable:


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at EUR 48,899 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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  • 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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