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Strategic Health Information Officer


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Ouagadougou
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-17


To facilitate evidence-based decision making in planning, implementing, and monitoring health systems and services interventions through a primary health care approach, that will aid movement towards universal health coverage and other health related SDG targets. The incumbent will provide expert, technical guidance to the relevant national authorities in developing and implementing legislative policies, frameworks, and strategic plans for health information systems, aligned with global standards for data collection and management.


The incumbent will perform all, or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.- Work under the guidance of the head of the WHO country office.- Guide the national authorities in the development and implementation of legislative policies, frameworks, and strategic plans in health information systems (HIS), in collaboration with national partners, ensuring their alignment with global standards of data collection, management procedures and reporting requirements. - Identify and leverage opportunities for harmonizing and strengthening standards and tools for improved data collection, analysis, and dissemination. Ensure and coordinate effective technical collaboration with other United Nations agencies, partners, and national stakeholders. - Identify priority areas in need of strengthening, including underlying data systems, data quality, data dissemination and analytical capacity. Disseminate best practices and approaches to address related issues.- Guide the national capacity enhancement and institutionalization of health information systems, including for health data and data-quality analysis and synthesis, the availability of robust systems for generation, storage and transmission of all key health data, and their quality and availability in formats for all levels. Promote the national application of International Classifications pertaining to facility and community certification, reporting of births, deaths, and cause of death according to WHO standards.- Promote the use of data for decision-making, including through the development/ implementation/ enhancement of a centralized, integrated and publicly accessible data repository for storing and maintaining all national health data. - Guide the promotion of policies which facilitate access to data, and production and sharing of key information.- Facilitate the promotion of new technologies, innovations, and best practices to the improve health information system in the country.- Strategically lead the proactive engagement with traditional and non-traditional, development partners for collaboration and the mobilizing of resources to strengthen national health information systems.



Essential: Advanced university degree (master's level) in a relevant field (such as epidemiology, biostatistics, information science) with studies/training in public health.
Desirable: PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, information science, with studies/training in public health.


Essential: A minimum of seven years of work experience relevant to the position (in developing and implementing health information and knowledge management systems, including in quantitative or qualitative health research, health systems and epidemiological research), with some of it obtained at an international level.
Desirable: Demonstrated professional experience working at the country and/or regional level providing technical advice and services to Ministries of Health/Member States and other partners on public health programmes.


1. Demonstrated expertise in health information systems, quantitative and qualitative research complemented by excellent knowledge of all the key sources of health data and their limitations and approaches to dealing with data quality problems.2. Proven skills in health data collection, transmission, and storage, including in design of data collection methods, use of digital data collection software such as CSPro application, DHIS 2, and electronic medical records systems and/or skills in analysis and synthesis of health data, use of data analysis tools such as STATA, R, SPSS, SAS, and Excel.3. Skills to facilitate consensus and communicate progress and results.Capacity to participate in resource mobilization activities, preferably in the context of capacity building, and/or health systems.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of English.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 77,326 (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 2294 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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