World Health Organization (WHO)

Team Lead (Transformation)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

Position number 420861


WHO's 13th General Programme of Work 2020-2030 (GPW13) adopted at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) lays out a "bold and ambitious strategy" to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It aims at reaching 3 billion more people between 2019 and 2023 with a focus on three major strategic priorities i.e. 1 billion more people benefiting from Universal Health Coverage (UHC), 1 billion more people better protected from Health Emergencies (WHE) and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being. The EM Regional Director's Vision 2019-2023—Health for All by All, calls for solidarity and action to achieve health for all, by all in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Vision 2023 is aligned with WHO's global strategy and reflects our region-specific priorities, opportunities and challenges. A WHO's strategy for the EM Region, 2020-2023 Turning Vision 2023 into Action has been developed. It sets out the overall strategic framework and objectives and specifies how impact at country level will be achieved. Within this context, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) has embarked on a transformation process to fundamentally reposition, reconfigure and re-capacitate the regional operating model, such that its normative and technical work is of an even higher quality and more sharply focused on, and translating directly into a measurable difference in people's health at country level. The implementation of the transformation process is overseen by a Transformation Task Force chaired by the Regional Director and is overall managed by the office of the Chef De Cabinet.


As the Lead of the Transformation Initiative the incumbent's tasks will focus on the following: 1. Liaise and engage with the senior management at EMRO and HQ levels to ensure alignment with the Global Transformation Agenda and the GPW13 2. Lead and manage the work of transformation in close Coordination with EMRO and HQ related Divisions 3. Identify potential barriers to successful realignment at regional and country offices, monitor resistance to change and disseminate lessons learnt 4. Work with relevant departments at EMRO and HQ to develop innovative approaches and solutions to overcome barriers and monitor implement to Change Management 5. Perform risk Analysis and propose risk mitigation measures and accordingly provide strategic and operational recommendations to the Regional Transformation Task Force and for Global Transformation Forums 6. Ensure that all transformation related activities are undertaken within the committed timelines and are reported regularly to the Regional Transformation Task Force 7. Oversee and develop the transformation team at EMRO



Essential: Master's degree in Business Administration, public administration, social sciences or any other related field Desirable: Proven experience in organizational reform, leading and mananging projects, change management, organizational and behavioral change and continuous business improvement.


Essential: At least 10 years of progressive experience in managing projects within a large multicultural organization. Country level experience and knowledge of the field inclusive of transformation and organizational restructuring in multilayered organizations and UN reform. Experience in change management principles and practices.

Desirable: Knowledge of WHO and/or UN system, processes and procedures inclusive of experience in managing large and complex change management exercises in the UN. Good knowledge of organizational Design.


- Proven skills to manage large and complex organizational projects. - Proven knowledge in changing management principles, practices, methodologies and tools. - Exceptional communication skills and ability to influence others to move towards a common goal. - Excellent knowledge of HR Management Principles. - Ability to analyze complex data and provide candid presentation for the Transformation Task Force and internal, as well as external stakeholder in the process.

WHO Competencies

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:
  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Producing results
  5. Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
  6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.


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 89,837 (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 2298 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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