World Health Organization (WHO)

Medical Officer (Primary Health Care)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME The overall goal of the Health Systems Development department is to strengthen health systems in ways that will advance universal health coverage (UHC) and therefore progress towards the health Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs 2030) in the eleven SEAR countries, with an increased focus on reaching vulnerable populations, through the following strategic directions: 1. Strengthening primary health care systems and services as well as adapting primary Health Care Services to changing needs, backed up by appropriate care at the secondary and tertiary levels, with attention to safety, quality and equity - including gender; 2. Systematically addressing social, economic, environmental and commercial determinants of health through evidence-informed public policies and actions across all sectors; 3. Empowering people, families, and communities to take control of their health, as advocates for policies that promote and protect health, as co-developers of health and social services through social and Community Participation, and as self-carers and care-givers to others; and 4. Ensuring people's main health problems are addressed through comprehensive promotive, protective, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care throughout the life course, strategically prioritizing key services aimed at the population (e.g., public health functions) and personal services (e.g., primary care) as the central elements of integrated service delivery across all levels of care.


Within the regional strategic frameworks and a country's overall health policy and strategy framework as well as its vision for UHC, the incumbent will provide evidence-based support through policy advice and Technical Support as follows: 1. The incumbent shall be the Regional Expert on primary health care and primary health care services, both in terms of systems, and health services strengthening and Capacity Building in countries. 2. Shall work with other technical departments and units within health systems development to ensure integration of primary health care content in various public health programmes and to ensure that the principles of PHC are imbedded into all public health and Disease Control programmes. 3. Shall provide policy guidance and technical support to countries to strengthen their primary health care approaches to respond to changing needs, with a focus on strengthening primary health care services. 4. Shall provide technical support to countries to strengthen their capacity to Design and implement and appropriate package of services within the framework of primary health care, ensuring appropriate linkages to secondary and tertiary levels of care in the health care systems of countries. 5. Be the expert in the development of strategies and plans to adapt services to deliver adequate quality and safe continuing care within and between primary and secondary level facilities. 6. Be the leader in fostering collaboration across programmes, sectors and all partners. 7. Be the focal point for PHC in the Regional Office for dialogue and communication between the three levels of the organization and between Member States and development partners. 8. Any other task assigned by the Director



Essensial: University degree in Medicine or related health sciences with Postgraduate/ Masters level degree in Public Health. Desirable: Experience of work in public health, health policy, planning and management at country level.


Essential: At least ten years' relevant experience in health systems strengthening and assessment, including considerable experience in international context. Desirable: Experience in development and implementation of public health programmes in countries, Analysis of and support to national health systems in developing countries.


Essential:1. Work experience of no less than five years at the country level, managing public health and/or disease control programmes 2. Knowledge of principles of primary health care and of public health and health systems 3. Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex issues 4. Demonstrated ability to maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in government and beyond, including other development agencies.Desirable: Experience in WHO and/or Knowledge of WHO rules and regulations and good knowledge of the working of UN and other international agencies.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork

  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

  • Communication

  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

  • Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of regional language(s).


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 87,108 (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 2417 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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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.

  • Please note applications should be submitted through WHO's online recruitment portal. Please visit to complete an online profile and to apply to this vacancy.

  • The written test for shortlisted candidates will be tentatively be held during the week of 3 February 2020.

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