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Team Lead

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-25

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The General Programme of Work 13 (GPW13) puts countries at the center to drive impact in each and every country, and to enable the countries to participate in and contribute to the global and regional public health action.Four priorities have been set in the policy\: coordinating policy dialogue to drive change; fostering, catalyzing and monitoring the organization's shifts to put countries at the center; enhancing WHO's leadership and capacity in every country to drive impact; and identifying solutions to address bottlenecks to effective technical cooperation.


- Coordinates and provides senior technical leadership in establishing new approaches, evidence-based policies and strategies, surveillance, and capacity building initiatives for implementation across Regional and Country Office programmes in the respective area of work.

- Provides senior level health technical expertise and advice to the Director and Senior Management in the area of strategic policy dialogue and WHO country cooperation strategies on the development and establishment of new health strategies and policies for implementation into and/or the monitoring and evaluation of national and global policies.

- Ensures effective coordination, management, and accountability of the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a diverse team of technical experts, financial resources and effective work plan coordination to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.

- Ensures the coordination and management of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department's area of work of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Department deliverables.

- Serves as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and the peer community on the strategic policy dialogue and WHO country cooperation strategies.

- Builds technical partnerships with other UN Agencies, Donors, research institutions and other stakeholders in strategic policy dialogue and WHO country cooperation strategies to position the technical area of work and implementation into respective policies.

- Represent the programme area of work in global for a and capacity building activities

- Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties\:

- Facilitate the development and implementation of robust, new Strategic Policy Dialogue (SPD) process (including structured SPD every 4-5 years, ongoing and ad-hoc / opportunistic forms of SPD).

- Support the coordination of effective Member States engagement throughout all aspects of Strategic Policy Dialogue process in close collaboration with DDI, regions and countries (including validation of country's information and ensuring appropriate communication and preparation ahead of scheduled SPD).

- Design and implement a framework for assessing WHO's contribution to the health outcomes at country level.

- Direct the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Country Cooperation Strategy aimed at strengthening national health systems.

- Lead the analysis and the dissemination of information and intelligence on country presence for sharing best practices and lessons learned to improve the performance of the Secretariat.

- Manage the effective functioning of the country support unit network including the strengthening of country support units in the regional offices.

- Lead the production of country profiles and briefings with strategic insights on the country's situation including WHO's work, political insights & robust health outcome and systems data (in collaboration with all relevant information ‘owners' across WHO)



Essential\: An advanced level university degree in public health or health policy analysis or health management.
Desirable\: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential\: A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in the management of health development and health management issues in different national contexts, including experience providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision makers, managing human and financial resources, as well as experience in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies.

Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable\: Experience in analyses of Policy environment and Health system & policies.

Experience in working in an International Organization will be an added advantage


Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies. Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources. Strong understanding and skills in mobilizing resources.

Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media.

Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.

Globally-respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in global health management.

Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.

Broad knowledge of public health issues and health systems.

Ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative workspace.Excellent organizational, analytical, inter-personal, negotiation and coordination skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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 99,595 (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 6341 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • 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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