Deputy head of WHO office

negotiable / YEAR Expired 3 weeks ago
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IMPORTANT NOTE: This recruitment might be filled by using the Fast Track Process.



To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State’s health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.


The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.
●    Supports the head of the WHO country office in providing expert, strategic, technical and programmatic advice and guidance to Member States in their delivery and implementation of national public health policy, strategy and plans.
●    Provides authoritative advice to the head of the WHO country office, proposes and develops national, technical public health strategies, policies and programmes for implementation through collaboration with national authorities, public health partners and stakeholders at the country level.
●    Recommends health-development initiatives in the areas of health systems’ planning, management and strengthening, and partnership building at country level.
●    Leads the country office’s technical and capacity-building work including in the area of public health systems and programmes, ensuring their implementation in line with national strategies and results.
●    Provides technical support to the head of the WHO country office and partners in delivering sustainable measures following an emergency, situations of chronic or acute crisis, or in early recovery and transition.
●    Provides oversight on, ensuring the development and submission of monitoring and reporting on technical public health initiatives at country level.
●    Deputizes for and represents the head of the WHO office at official meetings with the government, national counterparts, donors, UN agencies and other stakeholders.
●    Manages the overall compliance and performance management standards of the country office including defining work planning parameters to establish performance standards, accountability, and indicators for progress monitoring and reporting.
●    Ensures internal controls are in place and adhered to, in order to ensure due diligence and mitigate financial risk to the organization at country level.



Advanced university degree (master’s level) in epidemiology, public health, medical or other studies in a field directly related to the position.
PhD in public health, management, social science or related field, with specialized training in epidemiology, health management, or public administration.


A minimum of 15 years of work experience relevant for the position (developing and managing technical public health programmes) a significant part of which to have been obtained at an international level.
Demonstrated results in managing diverse teams and financial resources at international level.


Technical expertise in public health programming issues.
● Strong skills in programme and financial management as well as administration of complex
health programmes and services at the international and country level.
● Extensive skills in leadership and managing large diverse teams and financial resources.
● Concrete skills in conceptualizing and coordinating the development of strategies and public
health policies.
● Ability to promote consensus, lead negotiations, network and build partnerships in global
development cooperation settings.
● Extensive knowledge in WHO or other UN agencies’ governing mechanisms and procedures in
planning and programme management.
● Ability to manage and adapt to complex and changing political, social, and economic contexts
● Strong skills in diplomacy and political acumen.
● Broader understanding of global health and international commitments

WHO Competencies

*1) Teamwork
*2) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
*3) Communication
4) Promoting the Organization’s position in health leadership
5) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and
*6) Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English Language. 
Desirable: Beginners knowledge of other UN languages.


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 106,023   (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. 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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•    A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
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The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce . Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply. 
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