World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Objectives of the Programme
- The Goal of Health Systems Strengthening programme (HSS) is to provide technical guidance and support for the development of evidence based health policies and plans and their implementation using the Primary Health Care (PHC) values and principles.
- HSS primary purpose is to improve health outcomes through enhancing capacities for and addressing key constraints related to governance, leadership and stewardship; people-centered integrated services; health workforce; health financing; health commodities (such as equipment, supplies and medicines); partnerships for health; health information systems and research for health.
- Provide technical expertise, and leadership in the formulation of Health systems policy and develop and implement innovative approaches to health sector reform enhancing the lead role of WHO;
- Support the Ministries of Health to realize multisectoral collaboration and partnerships in health systems policy development and reviews, and formulate effective health systems development strategies in order to enhance WHO's contribution to the NSHDP, PRS, MDGs, UNDAF and other related processes,
- Undertake in-depth health systems development analysis and policy dialogue based on specific national and regional policy issues, in close collaboration with the HSP Technical Unit and other relevant units within Health Systems and Innovations Cluster at both Regional and HQ level;
- Build multi-sectorial partnerships with programmes whose actions have an impact on health systems development, identifying health interventions and policy processes of common benefit and with shared challenges;
- Facilitate adaptation of WHO Regional and Global policies and guidelines on health systems development and build national capacities to enhance effective implementation.
- Promote a coordinated approach to Health systems development and management with a focus on: human resources for health (HRH policy and strategic planning, transformative health workforce education, equitable deployment, retention in underserved areas, HRH information etc); Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) ; health research development and evidence for health policy; integrated health services delivery and other relevant aspects related to health systems and innovation; with a focus on Universal Health Service coverage and within the context of Primary Health Care Revitalization.
- Facilitates effective integration of health systems components with priority health programmes (disease and non-disease programmes).
- Support the WR function in Advocacy, Partnership and Representation, implementation and review of CCS: Resource
- Mobilization, Policy Development and Technical Cooperation vis a vis the government, partners and AFRO programmes and Administration and Management of the count office.
- Essential: Postgraduate degree (preferably PhD) in Health Systems Management, Health Policy and Planning, Public Health, Primary Health Care and related health/social sciences.
- PhD in one of the fields above.
- Essential: At least 10 years of experience in the management of health systems in developing countries at national level and some 5 years at the international level.
- Desirable: Experience and knowledge of the work of WHO and other related UN agencies will be advantageous.
- Good knowledge of health systems development, health policy analysis and development, partnerships and coordination mechanisms, health planning, human resources for health development and management; Ability to formulate and draft policies and briefing papers for use by MOH and the WR.
- Producing results;
- Communicating in a credible and effective way;
- Fostering integration and teamwork;
- Ensuring the effective use of resources;
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond:
Use of Language Skills:
- Essential: Excellent knowledge of English
- Desirable: Knowledge of the 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 71,332 (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 1,433 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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