Senior Public Health Officer

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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 194,242 USD and 243,430 USD.

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The Department of Country Strategy and Support (CSS) responds to the need for implementing the WHO transformation agenda. CSS promotes inter-regional collaboration, learning and capacity building for WHO and aims to strengthen WHO comparative advantage at the country level, contextualizing GPW13 to drive impact in every country. Four priorities have been set: coordinating policy dialogue to drive change; fostering, catalyzing and monitoring the organization's shifts to put countries at the center; enhancing WHO's leadership and capacity in every country to drive impact, and identifying solutions to address bottlenecks to effective technical cooperation. The incumbent will report to the Unit Head of CSS. Within the delegated authority and in collaboration with other specialists at HQs and in other offices the specialist will lead and manage technical cooperation in the country(ies) including maintaining good relations with regional and national counterparts, multiple stakeholders from mission representatives, professional agencies, United Nations agencies, from development banks and other donors and funding agencies to establish collaborative and consultative models of policy dialogue and resource mobilization. CSS specifically leads, advocates and guides the development and renewal of WHO country focus and its implementation; improves global health governance, anchoring health within the global development agenda through the development of the WHO Country Cooperation Strategy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). CSS also works to strengthen WHO's country presence ensuring that WHO's work is closely aligned with the needs and circumstances of individual countries. CSS advocates for facilitating and assessing the implementation of the renewed WHO country focus. The nature of CSS'swork is that of a facilitator, broker, and catalyst. The Department works in permanent dialogue with all regional and country offices.


  1. Provide technical leadership and managerial support to the office in the area of country cooperation strategies (CCS) ensuring that the activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively;
  2. Provide technical and policy advice to WHO Representation and Regional Country Support Network counterparts as the Member States to strengthen the national health systems;
  3. Develop and propose country cooperation strategies and policies for implementation through collaboration across the three regional, country and HQ level. Recommend health development initiatives in the areas of CCS to allow partnership building and improvements in the planning and management of existing CCS;
  4. Oversee and coordinate work plans and budgets for activities of the team, including resource mobilization for the work programme and monitor the implementation of planned activities;
  5. Lead, coordinate, and conduct research on best practices and partners' experiences in implementing sustainable CCS and disseminating information. Contributing to the improvement of the evaluation and assessment framework of WHO performance at the country level focusing on WHO contribution to health outcomes;
  6. Coordinate and implement programs for capacity building in the area of strengthening effective technical cooperation across WHO;
  7. Act as a technical advisor to WHO and the public concerning sustainable CCS that contribute to health equity, social justice and elimination of exclusion and respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures;
  8. Promote and establish new outreach activities to facilitate the expansion of networks and/or platforms across the Organization and beyond to promote and advance technical cooperation;
  9. Advocate, coordinate, and build partnerships with regional and national counterparts, technical departments at HQ and negotiate with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to CCS and resolve issues or concerns and seek funding for new projects and work programmes;
  10. Represent WHO at various meetings;
  11. Perform all other related duties as assigned.




Essential: Advanced level university degree (Masters) in public health or health management. Desirable: Doctoral degree in Public Health or Medicine.


Essential: At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience of international cooperation in health or development-related field including a minimum of 5 years working in health in at least one developing country at senior level. Within this experience, demonstrated professional experience working at the country and/or regional level providing technical advice and services to Ministries of Health/Member States and other partners on public health programmes. Desirable: Experience managing complex teams with diverse backgrounds


  • Ability to lead and manage a team effectively;
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions;
  • Excellent knowledge and expertise of country-level situations with regard to public health systems development and management with a good understanding of relevant country's needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting;
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze results, identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations for strengthening health care systems;
  • Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities. • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy;
  • Excellent knowledge of Health care systems and safety regulations;
  • Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of specialty;
  • Public speaking techniques;
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills;
  • Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work;
  • Team leadership, team spirit and time management skills;
  • Ability to work harmoniously as a member of the Department team and with inter-region Country Support Unit Network, and with any country office team, with different technical and managerial Units in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Analytic, negotiation and coordination skills; Good knowledge of the UN system is required.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Moving forward in a changing environment Producing results

Use of Language Skills

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


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 6203 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.

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