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Adviser (Policy and Partnerships)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: Closed


Primary healthcare is a whole-of-society approach for health rooted in social justice and solidarity, which makes it a unifying strategy and a cornerstone for achieving Universal Health Coverage. The GPW13 emphasizes strategic shifts by stepping up leadership role of WHO, focusing global public health goods on impact in countries, and working in an integrated way avoiding fragmentation and silos. Guided by the GPW13, the Special Programme on PHC (SP-PHC) was established as an agile and cross-cutting initiative that connects the triple billion priorities, enhancing technical coherence and synergies and thus presenting an opportunity for adapting a new-way-of working. The vision for the PHC-SP is to support Member States in their journey to achieve healthy lives and well-being for all by building PHC-based health systems that uphold the right to health, promote social justice, empower individuals and communities and address the determinants of health. For achieving this Vision, the immediate strategic objectives for the PHC-SP are 1) Renew PHC Political leadership and strategic partnership on PHC with governments, UN, international financing institutions and development partners at global, regional and country levels. 2) Demonstrate a new way of working. An agile integrated platform that connects three billion strategic priorities, making the whole work of corporate greater than the sum of each part. 3) Contextualize and Operationalize PHC. A “one-stop” mechanism to provide PHC implementation support to Member States and put into action the PHC Operational Framework. 4) Global Public Health Goods. Measuring impact and promoting research and innovation with a sharper focus on people left behind. 5) Building-back-better. Contribute in building back better PHC-based health systems as the world emerges from COVID-19.


1) Develops and monitors implementation of the SDG3 GAP PHC Accelerator (PHC-A) annual work-plan.

2) Leads the PHC-A with UNICEF liaising closely with all 13 agencies as well as focal points of other SDG GAP accelerators.

3) Establishes close collaboration with WCOs, ROs, SDG3 GAP partners, H6 and development partners, to integrate PHC implementation support in countries, leveraging investments of partners to strengthen PHC.

4) Works closely with DCO to provide technical input into communication and advocacy on PHC.

5) Leads the further development of the PHC Global Health Initiatives Toolbox, as an up-to-date repository of evidence-based materials for the engagement with and optimization of country support from GHIs (for example GAVI, Global Fund& GFF), development partners, collaborating centers and networks.

6) Tracks the development of the future of GHIs and provides technical input into GHI Board-level decision making.

7) Represents WHO at interagency, international, regional, and national meetings related to the PHC as assigned by the Unit Head or Director.

8) Supports the management of cross-functional engagement with WHO's different programme areas and establishes and maintains partnerships with other related initiatives and knowledge exchange platforms, in order to promote and create synergies on PHC.

9)Supports the development and strengthening of partnerships on PHC as part of the Living Partnerships for PHC, including linking with GAVI efforts on health systems strengthening.

10) Undertakes any other duties as requested by the Unit Head and Director.




  • University degree in medicine, public health, political science or economics.
  • Advanced level/master's degree in public health, health economics, or a related area.


  • Doctorate level degree in public health, health economics or a closely related area highly desirable.



  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in program management, primary health care, health system, and multi agency coordination and collaboration in the health field.
  • Demonstrated experience at the international level.


  • Relevant experience in WHO, UN or other international organizations.
  • Relevant experience with global health partnerships


  • Ability to provide methodological and technical advice and guidance to stakeholders and partners in countries, technical programmes and other organizations in primary health care.
  • Ability to innovate, integrate, synthesize and communicate complex concepts and ideas related to primary health care verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate multidisciplinary and multiagency public health programmes and initiatives.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders.
  • Capacity of program planning, resourcing and budgeting, coordination, reporting, and monitoring.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Driving the Organization to a Successful Future
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills


  • Expert knowledge of English.


  • Intermediate knowledge of French.
  • Intermediate knowledge of WHO official language.


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 92,731 (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 6553 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.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.

  • In the event your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.

  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and E-Manual.

  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.

  • The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to

  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter ( into practice.

  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of short-listed candidates.

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  • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.

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