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Health Systems Coordinator

Honiara (Solomon Islands)


The Western Pacific Region, one of the six regions of the World Health Organization, is home to approximately 1.8 billion people, more than one-fourth of the world's population. One of the most diverse of the WHO regions, the Western Pacific constitutes some of the world's least developed countries as well as the most rapidly emerging economies.
The health systems coordinator position will manage and lead the health systems strengthening efforts in the country focusing on the provision of technical leadership and policy advisory services to the Member State.
The post will coordinate and lead the significantly increasing workload related to health system strengthening (HSS) in the Solomon Islands. This position will be responsible for technical assistance to the GAVI HSS grant, but also provide critical support to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in progressing the Role Delineation Policy reforms to the health sector. This is position has a strong primary health care and integrated service delivery focus to ensure system reforms drive improved service delivery coverage, quality and equity; furthering integrated service delivery across the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and disease control programmes at the primary health care
The position will work closely with the Permanent Secretary and the executive team particularly in governance and policy and planning work to deliver on the reform process. As part of this, the post will be highly engaged in preparing the Solomon Islands for transition, supporting engagement with Finance and Treasury as well as providing support to the health sector budget process. The Country Office does not have any other P5 posts, and thus the position will take on a senior position in the country office, strengthening the work of WHO at country level during this important transition period for the Solomon Islands.
The incumbent will cooperate with the following units at Regional Office\:
Health Policy and Financing (HPF)
To assist countries to develop robust, coherent, and realistic health legislation, policies, strategies, and plans, with strong links between national and operational levels, and to monitor their implementation. To support Member States to progress towards universal health coverage through the development of a health financing system, including revenue collection, pooling and purchasing, so to assure access to needed services (promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative) without financial hardship.
Integrated Service Delivery (ISD)
To support development of integrated people-centred service for communities and referral for optimal use of resources by all programmes; to accelerate progress towards universal coverage of safe and quality health services including integration of traditional medicines and practices into the health system. To assist countries to develop and manage a competent health workforce that can deliver integrated people-centred service, through human resources for health (HRH) strategic planning, capacity-building for priority health interventions and strengthening of governance, appropriate regulation and education capacities.
Essential Medicines and Health Technologies (EMT)
To support Member States to develop and implement policies, regulatory and financing mechanisms that ensure equitable access to effective and safe medical products and technologies of assured quality and their rational use by prescribers and consumers.
Health Intelligence and Innovation (HII)
To enhance the capacity of Member States to analyse and use relevant health status and health systems performance data and research evidence in health sector management and decision-making processes. To strengthen capacity for health systems policy research to support universal health coverage (UHC), through the development of reliable information systems and technology and national health research systems. To support the application of sustainable information communication technologies solutions in health services delivery.
Equity and Social Determinants (ESD)
To collaborate with Member States to address the underlying social determinants of health through health-in-all policies and other approaches; develop and implement health policies and programmes that enhance health equity and integrate pro-poor, gender-responsive, and human rights-based approaches; and put in place policies and strategies to improve health literacy and to address the health needs of vulnerable populations such as older people, migrants and ethnic minorities.


Under the supervision of the Head of the WHO Country Office and guidance of the Director, Health Systems, the incumbent will perform the following\:
Fostering Partnership with Member States & other Stakeholders
  • Support health policy development, assist technical consultation and policy dialogues by developing good relations with relevant Member State counterparts (Ministry of Health [MoH], Ministry of Finance, and other ministries);
  • Support the MoH in regular policy dialogues, reviews and assessments and evaluate the implementation of health policies together with other relevant health partners;
  • Coordinate and advocate for health systems issues (UHC and health-related SDGs) with UN agencies, donors and other development partners in the country and find synergies;
  • Represent WHO position with Government and other development partners, including deputizing for HWO when required. Assist HWO in convening health partner meetings and promote networking.
  • Contribute to and coordinate WHO inputs to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and its implementation. Promote the development and implementation of UN joint programmes.
  • Provide policy advice to HWO through review and analysis of documents, strategies and business needs related to health policy and governance (situation analysis, priority setting, costing and budgeting the plan, monitoring and evaluation);
Managing and implementing Health Systems Workplan
  • Deliver core WHO Country Office (WCO)  priorities on health systems;
  • Lead the Health Systems team in developing and effectively implementing the WCO workplan. Support the team’s in delivering their objectives (including recruiting and coaching staff to build team’s capacity);
  • Ensure effective implementation, programme and financial management of all WCO funds under the respective programmes to achieve 100% implementation rate;
  • Liaise with other teams within the WCO to ensure effective cross-team working on issues of joint priority. Provide technical support and guidance primarily on key health systems issues and, depending on country needs, also on noncommunicable diseases and disease programmes;
  • Mobilize resources to meet funding requirements.
Liaising with Regional Office and headquarters
  • Effectively collaborate with the WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific and support global and regional initiatives through joint planning and missions with a specific focus on the development and implementation of health systems priorities;
  • In liaison with the Regional Office, develop and execute communication activities in pursuit of WCO’s strategic priorities (including speeches, media release, communications material, social media, etc.)
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of WHO country cooperation strategy and programme budget;
  • Any other duties as assigned.



Essential\: Master’s level university degree in social sciences, public health, health policy and planning, health system development, health services management or related field from a recognized university.  
Desirable\: Training in public policy, development studies, health service development, health financing, health policy and management or programme evaluation.


Essential\: Minimum ten years' experience in managing public health programmes or health services planning and development at national and international level and at least five years at senior level.
Desirable\: Relevant experience in an international organization or bilateral development partner or nongovernmental organizations. Experience in developing countries an asset.


  • High level of expertise and knowledge in at least two areas of health systems and strong understanding of other relevant issues;
  • Expertise in developing strategies on a wide range of issues;
  • Expertise in prioritization, resource allocation, workplanning, implementation and monitoring technical and financial progress;
  • Expertise in managing a team – including recruiting staff, allocating responsibilities, motivating, coaching and supporting professional development of staff;
  • Good knowledge of policy-making process at international and national levels;
  • Knowledge of health systems development and management issues, including health financing, in developing countries;
  • Knowledge of processes for developing and monitoring national health policies, strategies and plans, health financing, and health coordination mechanisms and partnerships.
  • Working knowledge of WHO system.

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  6. Driving the Organization to a successful future

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of 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 85,543 (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 3820 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 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\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Honiara (Solomon Islands)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-02

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