World Health Organization (WHO)

Technical Officer (Legal)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  The position is located within Health Systems Governance, Policies and Aid Effectiveness unit (HGS). This unit is part of the Health Governance and Financing Department which in turn is partof the Universal Health Coverage and Health Systems cluster. The mission of HGS is to enable Member States to improve equity in health, access, coverage and quality of Health Services throughthe development, implementation and monitoring of robust National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans. This is done through policy dialogue informed by sound evidence, systematic learning andcapacity building. The main functions of the HGS unit are to provide global leadership and strategic direction for WHO in relation to strengthening of national health policies strategies andplans, health systems governance and aid effectiveness. This work includes an essential health systems laws, rules and regulation component which makes up the UHC and Health Systems lawprogram.


1. Serves as a legal officer in the area of UHC and health systems Law, working on a wide range of legal matters related to WHO's work to support the health law reform efforts of its member states as assigned.2. Act as focal point for specific issues and areas of health law, including conducting research, the preparation of guidance materials and the provision of technical assistance as required. 3. Tracking the policies, laws rules, regulations of WHO member states as they relates to health system strengthening efforts and work towards UHC thus contributing to the discharge of WHO's responsibilities under its Constitution to collect information about health laws and support the law reform efforts of its member states.4. Gathers and synthesizes technical public Health Information from different sources, identifying gaps in the information and using it as the foundation for producing accurate, evidence-based Analysis to provide legal advice that will enable member states to implement their health polices and plans.5. Builds partnerships between HGF and other WHO departments that will foster collaboration on health systems initiatives linked to health law/health systems and UHC. 6. Develops and manages a wide range of relevant, professional relationships and networks with counterparts in WHO and in Member State institutions on Universal Health Coverage and Legal Health Systems.7. Perform all other activities as requested.



Essential: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) law with a specialization in the area of health law Experience Essential: A minimum 7 years of previous relevant Law work experience including experience in the practice of health law as an attorney in a law firm or working in a legal role in an international organization (2) Practical field experience working on health law reform and or health law and policy outside of the applicant's country of nationality in a transitional, developmental or post-conflict setting. Demonstrated exposure at the international level.

Desirable: Experience in the application of civil law to health.

Skills Demonstrated understanding of the field of health law and of the specific contribution made by health law to health system performance.--> Demonstrated understanding of legal processes, particularly the process of health law reform and law implementation.--> Understand the interconnectedness and potential conflicts between public health law and governance, and Human Rights and equity;--> Understand the law and policy-making process;--> Acquire the skills required to work on health law reform;--> Understand the right to health and its implication for public health law.--> Proven high quality and thorough legal research skills and experience. --> Excellent written communication skills, including proven ability to write clear and concise documents, including reports, submissions and briefing documents. --> Excellent oral communication skills including the capacity to lead discussions on legal issues pertaining to health laws and health systems. --> A demonstrated ability to provide oral briefings on complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiences.--> High level analytical and conceptual skills in law development and implementation working within a government or an international organization (with a view to both formulation of law and the practicalities of implementation). --> Proven ability to synthesize complex information, to show good judgement and to generate new ideas and approaches. --> Ability to work independently, to prioritize tasks and to set schedules to meet specified deadlines. --> High level capacity to represent the WHO externally to a range of stakeholders. Expertise in the application of civil law to health.--> Detailed understanding of WHO's goals and programmes; and Excellent skills in legal research and drafting guidance on complex matters.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Knowing and managing yourself

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 74,913 (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 5138 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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