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Programme Area Manager (Management & Administration) (Re-advertisement)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Manila
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Candidates who have already applied for this position are still under consideration and do not need to apply again.


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. WHE brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. WHE is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecturein support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies,consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities. MGA is responsible for effective management and administrative support forthe emergencies programme and for ensuring that WHO emergency operations are rapidly and sustainably financed and staffed. This consists of the provision of high-quality, predictable administrative services (i.e. HR, finance, workplanning, grant management) to WHE, including during emergency response, aswell as effective monitoring of (and compliance with) SOPs, leading to continuous improvement and business process excellence.


Under the overall guidance of the Director, the Programme Area Managerwill to the following: Support the Director and provide key advise and management in the overall programme management of the budget, work planning, administration, and technical delivery of programmatic Public Health areas within the department.Oversee the strategic planning process and lead the administrative and technical support initiatives linked to monitoring and evaluation, budget, work planning, and resource mobilization and allocation of public health programmes.Lead operational planning and review and approve workplans and budgets and manage the work of assigned teams in establishing standardized emergency programme work plans and budgets, monitoring the status of funding available and projected and resulting funding gaps and ensuring rapid availability of funding for immediate needs, with sustainable, predictable financing. Develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects; monitor and analyse programme/project development andimplementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify challenges tobe addressed and, in consultation with RED, initiate corrective actions; Liaisewith relevant parties; ensure follow-up actions. Provide authoritative expertise and technical advice and guidance on programme challenges in implementing Public Health initiatives to external stakeholders, other UN agencies and member states.Coordinate the programme planning and design of projects and the mobilization of resources.Manage a team of programmatic and support staff.Negotiate with and foster new partnerships with external public health partners with Member states at the international level to enable the development of strategic Public Health programmes and funding.Lead and coordinate the operations of the finance and administration function during activation of the Incident Management System. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced university degree (Masters levelor above) in Public Health, Management, Administration or related field.
Desirable: Specialized training in emergency/humanitarianresponse. Training in planning, management and project management.


Essential: A minimum of ten years experience managing public health programmes providing technical and managerial support on programmatic issues, including relevant international experience. Experience in the area of work planning and managing diverse teams.
Desirable: Experience working in an internationalorganization. Relevant work experiencein WHO and/or UN agencies; experience working in relevant nongovernmental orhumanitarian organizations. Field experience in public health programmes oremergency response programmes.


Strong expertise knowledge and skills in the area of Public Health.•Strong skills in writing and drafting reports on Public Health activities• Strong skills in building partnerships.• Strong skills in the administrative processes with a sound understanding of work planning• Sound skills in utilizing Enterprise Resource Planning Oracle systems or similar packages.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 3987 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 that 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.
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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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