Senior Advisor (Integrated Primary Health Care)

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This is a P-5 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 10 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 110,869 USD and 138,944 USD.

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The Division of Country Health Policies and Systems (CPS) assists countries in the Region with the design and implementation of appropriate health policies and systems to strengthen universal health coverage. It works to strengthen data-driven, evidence-informed, contextually tailored health policy development and implementation at national, regional and local levels, taking an inclusive approach across the life course. The Division advocates strengthening of public health leadership, focusing on implementing policies that are people centred, promote health, prevent illness, and address the social and economic determinants of health, while fostering leadership on equity, human rights and gender mainstreaming in health. It focuses on building capacity for health systems innovation to enable the sustainable delivery of high-quality primary health and community services that are effectively linked to hospitals, and mental health, public health and social care services. To do so, CPS supports country efforts to facilitate access so as to leave nobody behind, to improve financial protection, to strengthen the health workforce, to increase access to affordable medicines and technologies, and to promote the uptake and implementation of digital technology.

The WHO European Centre for Primary Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan is a European reference point on primary health care led health system policies with a focus on demonstrated country impact. Building on the legacy of the Alma-Ata and Astana Declarations, the Center focuses on developing pragmatic and actionable policy recommendations to strengthen primary health care using amulti-disciplinary approach. The Center contributes to all three pillars of the EPW and each of its four flagships. Itaims to inspire action at country level to move towards UHC by producing and disseminating state-of-the art evidence on effective models of primary healthcare within an overall integrated health systems approach. The Center contributes to strengthening therole of primary health care in health emergencies including in the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, itcontributes to better health and well-being by strengthening primary healthcare to address upstream determinants of health through greater integration with public health services, and through stronger links to mental health, long-termcare, social services.


The purpose of the post is to support Member States and to foster political commitment to strengthening primary health care services within a comprehensive health systems approach to move towards universal health coverage, respond to health emergencies and improve health and well-being. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Head of Office and in coordinationwith the Director of Country Health Policies and Systems Division, the incumbent will assume the following core responsibilities and tasks:

Core tasks for high quality country support and linking country work to regional products

Foster political commitmentt o and strengthen national capacities for primary health care policies: the incumbent will foster political commitment to primary health care policies through engaging with key national and sub-national stakeholders and task-forces and ensure engagement in capacity development programs for leadership in primary health care;

Assure the quality of Centre's policy advise on primary health care policies: the incumbent will provide senior technical leadership to coordinate highquality technical assistance to Member States to revise their policyframeworks, policies and guidelines to (i) expand the scope of PHC practice appropriate with 21st century health and well-being goals, (ii) to strengthen models of primary health care to deliver expanded scope of practice reflecting multi-platform and multi-disciplinary approaches and serving thevulnerable; (iii) to strengthen the model of care to better respond to emergencies; (iv) to align and activate health system enablers around the model of care; and (v) to tailor design policies to national and sub-national context;

Lead the Centre's policy and technical advise on the EPW Flagships: the incumbent will provide senior technical leadership to develop the Centre's strategy to strengthen PHC as a platform to deliver on the four EPW Flagships, to mobilize and coordinate high quality technical assistance to Member States together with technical officers and other programs, to organize regional andsub-regional policy dialogue events, and develop products to measure and demonstrate the impact of these efforts;

Document country impact: the incumbent will put in place mechanisms to ensure that the Centercan document country impact in PHC strengthening, will engage with Technical Officers to strengthen country-level mechanisms in PHC performance monitoring and management, will developing a regional approach for PHC performance monitoring and analysis, develop regional performance analysis products documenting country impact, and link with other programs to ensure solid data collection and analysis, and ensure demonstration of impact including of WHO's contribution.

Core tasks for high quality regional and global products

Lead the Center's work on evidence generation. The incumbent will develop the Center'sstrategy on evidence generation (policy papers, country vignettes) - both interms of content areas and mechanisms to produce high quality and timely policyguidance and ensure its full implementation together with technical officers.

Coordinate cross-countryplatforms of engage: The incumbent will developthe Center's strategy on cross-country virtual and face-to-face platforms ofexchange (workshops, roundtable discussions, conferences, demonstration sites)to share cross-country experiences together with the Head of Office, will coordinate and shape the work of technical officers to prepare these events,and host and facilitate discussion among member states;

Contribute to capacitybuilding events: The incumbent will shape and lead the deliveryof WHO's capacity building program on primary health care policy together withtechnical officers including the course on PHC policy, strengthening the role of PHC in emergencies, and PHC performance monitoring and management;

Lead the preparation of governing body events: the incumbent will providetechnical leadership in the preparation and delivery of regional and global governing body events together with the Head of Office and drawing on the inputof technical officers;

Core tasks in managementand coordination

Support planning, coordination, management, reporting: the incumbent will support the Head of Office in work planning at regional and country levels, coordinate programming and reporting with other programs, ensure monitoring, evaluation and reporting of key performance indicators for regional and global reporting requirements, and support the Head of Office in synthesizing achievements and reporting for accountability;

Provide technical and managerial support to PHC Technical Officers: the incumbent will contribute to the management and supervision of technical officers and other technical staff in the team, providing technical guidance, coaching and support, coordinating workloads, and engaging in performance management;

Shape collaboration with networks and partners: Build technical partnerships with other UNAgencies, EU, OECD, key networks, donors, research institutions and other stakeholders in key areas to position the technical area of work andimplementation into respective policies and serve as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and the peer community on primary health care.

Contribute to resource mobilization: the incumbent will work together with the Head of Office to develop resource plan for the Center and engage in resource mobilization efforts.

Other: The incumbent will assume deputy functions as Head of Office and perform any other duties asassigned by the supervisors.



Essential: Advanced university degree(Master's level) in medicine, public health, health policy, public administration, health management, other social or political sciences. Professional qualification in primary health care. Desirable: Post-graduate or doctoral degree in any of the above areas.


Essential: At least 10 years of professional experience with increasing responsibilities in the management and transformation of primary health care and public health, at practice, policy and international levels. Demonstrated experience in any or several of the following areas: transforming PHC practices, leadership for primary health care policies, managing human and financial resources, developing, establishing and implementing policies and strategies, building partnerships and networks, resource mobilization. Desirable: Demonstrated experience working with or in other multi and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector. Relevant experience within WHO, the United Nations or other international organizations.


Demonstrated in-depth knowledge in designing and implementing primary health care reforms in the WHO European Region oriented to improving population health and well-being outcomes. Solid understanding of core health systemfunctions related to primary health care reforms of governance, financing,human resources and digital solutions with applications to the countries of theWHO European Region. Ability to identify, manage and regulate emotions, apply them to tasks, and helping others to do the same for building a respectful and safe working environment. Demonstrated knowledge of the socio-demography, and political economies of the WHO European Region.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Promoting innovation and organizational learning Moving forward in a changing environment Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.


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 90,664 (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 2100 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.


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