VACANCY: World Health Organization (WHO) is Recruiting for Programme Management Officer

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Programme Management Officer (Roster), P4

Ref No: 2004221
Locations: South Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of Nigeria
Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): One-year renewable
Schedule: Full-time
Organization: AF/DPM Director, Programme Management

Purpose of the Post

  • To ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of programme management processes in countries using a results-based management (RBM) approach to planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. In the context of the WHO Country Office needs, the incumbent will coordinate the creation, implementation and development of the strategic response plans as well as the WHO operational plan, outlining the activities and resources (staffing, equipment, funding) required for WHO to perform its role as the lead technical agency in health, and more specifically as the leader of the Health Cluster in humanitarian emergencies and outbreaks. The incumbent will be deployed to emergency operations.
  • Organizational context (Describe the individual role of the incumbent within the team, focusing on the work environment within and outside the organization) Under the direct supervision of the Head of WHO’s Country Office and the overall guidance of the Director Programme Management (DPM), the incumbent will coordinate the Country Office planning, budget management, monitoring and evaluation processes. In emergency settings, s/he will act as an advisor to the WHO emergency team on Planning & Performance Management activities.
  • The incumbent will work closely with the other members of the Country Office team and the respective technical leads, across the three levels of the Organization to coordinate strategic and operational planning.
  • S/he ensures that planning is based on accurate data and that the expected results with the associated inputs (human and financial resources) are clearly defined and tracked.
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Summary of Assigned Duties
Under the direct supervision of the Head of WHO’s Country Office, and the overall guidance of the Director Programme Management (DPM), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to the following duties:

  • Lead and facilitate the development of the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) and other strategic planning documents, in accordance with WHO’s guiding principles; while ensuring collaboration with all levels of the Organization and alignment of Country Office priorities with the General Programme of Work, UNDAF and delivering as One United Nations System.
  • Oversee and/or design standardized methods of capturing and consolidating evidence on health interventions as well as document lessons learnt, best practices and trend analyses to support health sector/cluster coordination and responsive decision-making.
  • Build and update a stakeholder database of key operational partners with the aim of strengthening multi-sectoral dialogue and collaboration for improved health sector performance.
  • In emergency settings, analyse and document WHO performance based on the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) while ensuring the implementation of remedial actions for effective emergency response health interventions.
  • Build the capacity of internal and external stakeholders, and promote accountability, responsiveness and transparency.
  • Coordinate operational planning and undertake regular planning reviews with WHO teams at all levels and provide recommendations for adjustments based on technical and/or emergency needs.
  • Monitor the Programme Budget (PB) implementation and provide strategic recommendations on financial, administrative and human resource allocation as well as related programme management decision-making on resource utilization for optimal results.
  • Report on identified programme management issues and risks if any and liaise with the WR and/or relevant staff to ensure timely mitigation and resolution.
  • Coordinate performance monitoring and assessment in WHO Country Offices to measure progress towards defined priorities and results including coordinating the quarterly, semi-annual, mid-term and end of biennium review and reporting processes.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts by supporting the development of results-focused proposals, donor agreements and other grant-related instruments ensuring quality and alignment with WHO policies, pertinent documents and other administrative provisions. Coordinate evaluation activities to support Organizational learning.
  • Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor
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Recruitment Profile
Competencies: Generic (Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required – See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones):

  • Producing results
  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Ensuring effective use of resources
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication

Functional skills

  • Strong theoretical and practical knowledge in results-based management in the health sector.
  • Strong technical, analytical, conceptual and inter-personal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the development of written reports and oral presentations
  • Familiar with value-for-money principles, resource mobilization and communication for impact
  • Demonstrated capacity to foster internal (within Country Teams) and external collaborations with various stakeholders including Member States and partners
  • Knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Ability to manage multiple issues and tasks and reprioritize actions on short notice
  • Ability to propose innovative approaches and solutions to challenging situations.

Education (Qualifications):

  • Essential: Master’s level university degree in Public Health.
  • Desirable: Specialized training in planning, results-based management and/or project management would be an asset. Knowledge of WHO Planning, Budgeting and Monitoring Framework and WHO Emergency Response Framework would be an additional asset.


  • Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience at the national or international levels in programme management in a public health context.
  • Desirable: Working experience with WHO or similar UN Agency in planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.


  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English
  • Desirable: Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

  • Essential: Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Desirable: Knowledge of automated planning tools would be an asset



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Important Notes

  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by people assigned to this job.
    They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
    All personnel may be required to perform other responsibilities in addition to those specified from time to time, as needed
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    • We encourage all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
    • Due to the urgency of the position, we have the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline
    • Only qualified candidates will be invited for interview



Application Deadline  6th November, 2020.

VACANCY: World Health Organization (WHO) is Recruiting for Programme Management Officer
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