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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-06

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Geneva (Switzerland)


The Department of HWF brings together key elements of WHO's work on health systems and development policy. It supports countries as they scale up investments and activities in health, with a particular emphasis on the development of pro-poor policies and systems; and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of health systems and workforce through improvements in resource planning, organization, management, quality and safety of health services.


-Identify sources of data on health workers and health worker characteristics including census, labour force surveys, professional registries etc. towards effectively monitoring and assessing the development and performance of HRH in countries;

-Develop models and methods ( survey instruments, statistical/analytical methods, databases) for strengthening HRH information systems.;

-Prepare technical documents on policy and technical issues related to issues of HRH information as these relate to the various areas of health workforce development including\: governance, policy making, financing, regulation, information, education, retention, productivity, migration, health professional categories etc. as these pertain to all health personnel, professional and non-professional, including community health workers;

-Engage in collaborative dialogue with WHO technical programmes and other international agencies to ensure coherent development of HRH classification, indicators, methods, and data programmes;

-Provide technical support to Member States on issues of health workforce information policies and programmes;

-Collaborate in operational research activities to deepen the knowledge base on the various issues of health workforce development;

-Promote best practices for health workforce monitoring and assessment in countries taking into consideration the effective integration within the health care delivery system, its health services and existing public health programmes; -Assist in resource mobilization activities in support of the work on health workforce development;

-Perform other duties as necessary Main achievements include\: Up to date data bases statistics and statistical analysis of the health workforce situation in countries;

-Technical documents of high quality which are valued and used by Member States and other interested parties including among others\: statistical analysis, WHO secretariat reports, concept papers, policy briefs, strategy documents, evidence-based guidelines, tested operational tools, country evaluation reports; -Clear outputs and demonstrable capacity built in countries for HRH information as a result of technical support and collaborative undertakings with partners.



Essential\: A Masters level degree in health statistics, demography, economics or disciplines with emphasis on statistical analysis, data management, information sciences.
Desirable\: A doctoral degree in one of the disciplines above.


Essential\: At least 7 years progressive experience at national and international level in working in the area of demography, statistics, health information, public health.
Desirable\: Previous experience in working with WHO HQ, regions, and country offices on issues of HRH. Previous experience with the UN. At least 7 years progressive experience at national and international level in working in the area of demography, statistics, health information, public health.


a. Extensive knowledge of demography, statistical methods, database management, computer software as they particularly apply to health workforce development issues and health systems strengthening;

b. Demonstrated ability in the production of high-quality technical documents on various issues of health workforce development;

c. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively taking into consideration a working environment which is multidisciplinary, multicultural and international.

d. Demonstrated ability to work in a team taking either leadership or supportive roles, but always constructively advancing the common agenda;

e. Demonstrated ability to learn on the job, enthusiasm for new challenges and new ways of working

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable\: Expert 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 71,332 (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 4226 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.
  • 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.
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