World Health Organization (WHO)

Coordinator (Strategic Health Policy & Planning)-

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description


To support the country to have an updated and comprehensive national health policy, national health strategy and plan (NHPSP) that are costed, financed, implemented and monitored. Facilitate government stewardship and governance capacity to lead health development and manage partnerships with sound monitoring, evaluation and mutual accountability for results that promote good health at all key stages of life, taking into account and addressing Health Equity, social determinants of health and human rights, with a focus on preventing priority morbidity, mortality and disability


The incumbent will be required to work as overall UHC Coordinator supporting both the WR’s Office in building strategic partnership, communication and resource as well as support the States to operationalize the framework for PHC and monitoring, and lead work in the Provide Strategic Priority of the extended GPW13 and SDGs. The incumbent will be required to elicit best practices in program and people management and ensure compliance with policies on PRSEAH and PAAC in his team.

The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:1. To lead the elaboration of strategies and policies by proactively contributing to state-of-the-art health policies, strategies, plans and governance activities, promoting and facilitating their implementation at country level to improve national health policies, strategies and governance approaches, including but not limited to monitoring and analyzing trends, promoting cross-cutting activities, set and review norms and standards, as well as guidelines for health policies, strategies and governance;2. To elaborate and/or oversee the elaboration of a series of policies and strategies toward the implementation of best practices in governance at the national and sub-national levels through facilitating and encouraging a culture of information-sharing of lessons learnt related to health planning, Capacity Building and monitoring taking into consideration criteria such as Health Financing, social protection, services standards and quality and the Analysis and evaluation of health sectors;3. To fully participate in the elaboration and implementation of resource mobilization and advocacy strategies, in close collaboration with team members, including but not limited to providing advice and guidance to national partners on advocacy strategies, work plans, and their implementation;4. To guide, coach, motivate and manage health systems staff, including resolving problems while promoting effective teamwork and results, within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, and AFRO accepted procedures; managing the budget within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures;5. To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required;



Essential: An advanced university degree/doctorate level in public health, health systems/services Administration, health management or health related field from an accredited/recognized institute or formal qualifications in International/Global Health policy or in similar fields.
Desirable: PhD in one or more of the above fields and/or post-graduate training or specialization in health systems and/or health planning, management or heath Economics.


Essential: At least ten years' experience in Health Sector policy and planning at national and international levels, with sound management or technical assistance in a governmental institution or international organization in resource-limited countries in the field of health policies, strategies and governance development.
Desirable: Experience in health sector assessments and analyses and producing its reports, with track record in consensus building and enlisting cooperation, as well as the evaluation of health services and facilitating consultations.


--> Demonstrated skills in health policy, planning and management combined with expertise governance.--> Track record in monitoring and evaluation of health policies, strategies and governance projects with proven experience of implementing them in a resource-limited situation.--> Excellent communication and presentation skills--> Demonstrated ability to write technical reports, documents guidelines in a clear and concise manner.--> provide technical authoritative advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners taking into account the political and resource-limited contexts.--> Strong interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, lead resource mobilization activities, communicate progress and results, and/or take remedial action in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Beginners knowledge of Local 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 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 3838 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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