Public health specialist (healthier populations)

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This is a NO-D 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 7 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be more than 8,782 USD.

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The incumbent will guide and coordinate the development and implementation of action plans and programmes of activities in one or more of the programme areas belonging to Universal Health Coverage/Healthier Populations (UHC/HP): environment, climate change and health (ECH), health promotion, social determinants of health and health equity (HPD), nutrition and food safety (NUT); tobacco and reduction of other non-communicable disease risk factors (TNR), violence, injuries, or health and migration (PHM); and demographic change and ageing. Through a coordinated, intersectoral approach aimed at building capacities and enabling all people to enjoy better health and well-being, the incumbent will manage organizational contributions to public health actions designed to reduce health inequalities and the burden of preventable disease and injuries driven by environmental, social and economic determinants of health, including the reduction of risk factors. Following a One Health Approach will be critical in this.


Summary of Assigned Duties

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

• Provide technical and managerial coordination in the designated areas under the Universal Health Coverage/Healthier Populations (UHC/HP) portfolio (that is, environment, climate change and health; health promotion, social determinants of health and health equity; nutrition and food safety; tobacco and reduction of other non-communicable disease risk factors; violence, or injuries and disabilities; demographic change and ageing), through a One-health approach, ensuring that the activities are carried out efficiently and effectively.

• Directly provide and/or coordinate technical expertise to advise the government and national stakeholders on the development of national strategies and policies and on the formulation, management, and implementation of the respective healthier populations work programme(s).

• Mobilize and optimize resources for the respective projects and programmes including through partnerships with donors and development partners (United Nations, other multilateral and bilateral organizations as well as nongovernmental organizations).

• Coordinate the engagement with UN partners and other stakeholders on matters relevant to the purpose of the position. • Develop, coordinate and implement programmes for capacity building in the respective healthier populations areas and management and financing of the systems. • Engage with other sectors beyond health that are key to healthier populations (environment, transport, agriculture, urban, energy, water, etc.) in order to identify common objectives that improve people’s lives, health, and wellbeing. • Serve as a technical resource concerning the multi-sectoral integration of programmes in healthier populations and mainstreaming of cross-cutting themes, such as health equity, commercial determinants, urban health, or migration and health or the use of behavioural sciences in implementing disease prevention and health promotion approaches. • Represent WHO in designated forums and function as a technical focal point for Healthier Populations’ programme areas. • Promote and establish new community outreach activities to facilitate the expansion of networks that advance and/or focus on healthier populations’ programmatic work. • Support the establishment of monitoring and surveillance systems and collection of data and evidence in the areas of interest.



Essential: Advanced university degree (master’s) in public health or related disciplines.

Desirable: Post-graduate training or specialization in health systems.



-A minimum of seven years of work experience relevant to the position (in developing and implementing public health capacity-building policies/strategies and prevention or health promotion programmes). A minimum of three years of experience in Healthier Population programmes.

-Demonstrated professional experience working at the country and/or regional level providing technical services to Member States and other partners on public health programmes.


• Knowledge of approaches and solutions in health systems capacity building for healthier populations. • Knowledge and expertise in technical aspects of healthier populations health systems development and management at country level. • Knowledge of the relevant country’s public-health needs, priorities, and policies. • Skills to develop and revise policies and objectives of assigned programme and activities. • Skills to facilitate consensus and participate in resource mobilization activities. • Excellent communication skills to author reports, technical documents, and deliver presentations for high level audiences. • Ability to integrate, synthesize, and communicate complex, health-policy concepts and ideas.

WHO Competencies Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:

1) Teamwork

2) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3) Communication

4) Producing results

5) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills


Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic.

IT and other skills

Proficiency in computers and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and Cloud Management Enterprise System such as Workday.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 105389 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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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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