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Technical Officer, Strategic Health Information Systems (Roster multiple locations)

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-14

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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.


Serve as WHO focal point for strategic health information through generating data and statistics, analytics, and knowledge in the sub region to support evidence use in member states ensuring the monitoring of health trends as well as the attainment of global health goals including SDGs and UHC is achieved. The incumbent will support countries in the GPW 13 impact framework monitoring process.


The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda\:

To proactively support the development of required capacities in member states to generate needed data and statistics. This involves strengthening of systems for routine health facility data collection, birth death and cause of death, surveillance data, facility and community-based surveys including demographic and health surveys. This involves the development of norms and standards, regular country capacity assessments to identify gaps and provision of support to address these gaps, and regularly provide status updates through scorecards, statistics atlas and other methods to consolidate the country status.

To lead work with countries and technical experts on analysis of existing data and statistics in order to discern trends and patterns, plus build attribution and prediction models for the direction of health in the country. These analytics are at facility, sub national, national and cross country levels.The emerging information shall be consolidated in periodic publications that will need to be produced, such as state of health in a member state or the sub-region, or specific program analyses. In addition, the support to sector monitoring and evaluation processes in the sub region.

To support the generation of evidence to guide decision makers, through development of health policy briefs, documentation of good / best practices, writing health blogs on key events, and other methods for evidence sharing.

Lead the coordination of health research in the sub-region. This shall be through supporting the work in the sub-region of the African Advisory Committee on Health Research and Development, plus other research associations / consortia that WHO is part of. In addition, they shall support the functioning of peer reviewed journal of the regional office.

Support the work on innovative approaches to ensuring strategic health information is available, specifically focusing on functioning of health observatories in the sub-region, and harmonizing the work on digital health.

Facilitate strengthening of governance of health information systems, particularly in assessing state of health information systems, and supporting initiatives to address gaps in the capacity to generate, analyse and use health information for decision making; establishment and supporting data collaboratives for better use of existing health information resources’ and mobilizing resources for health information.

Guide the generation of institutional data, analytical and knowledge products relating to the work of WHO and partners in countries such as SDG monitoring, Global Action Plan status, and the WHO Global Program of Work impact framework within the sub region.

To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential\: A degree in a health related field, which includes training in biostatistics, demography and/or epidemiology. Postgraduate degree/qualifications in a public health field.

Desirable\: Doctorate in health statistics and information systems. Training or specialization in Monitoring & Evaluation systems, preferably as related to health. Training in health informatics.


Essential\: At least seven years’ practical experience working in generating and using strategic health information, specifically in generating health data / statistics, analysis of data including conducting of sector wide Monitoring and Evaluations, development of knowledge products such as health policy briefs. Proven ability to document strategic health information such as through production of country statistical abstracts, sector review reports, health policy briefs, best practice documentations, and others.

Desirable\: Experience across multiple countries in generating and using strategic health information. Experience in policy formulation and quality management, strategic and policy planning and policy as well as facilitating consultations.


Proven ability to identify and apply modern ICT methodologies to health information systems and to the use of various mechanisms including for health observatories and scorecards for the implementation of best practices in the region. Proven track record in the implementation of international norms and standards on information systems with effective reporting systems. Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write clear and concise documents and give technical advice and guidance in resource-limited contexts. Participate in resource mobilization and advocacy activities.Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

Proven ability to use standard office software packages, Conversant with common IT software including eHealth tools.

WHO Competencies

  1. Knowing and managing yourself
  2. Producing results
  3. Moving forward in a changing environment
  4. Fostering integration and teamwork
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable\: Working knowledge of French or Portuguese is an advantage.


WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 72,637 US Dollars (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


·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.

·For information on WHO's operations please visit\: http\://

·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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