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Head of Sub Office

Gaza (Palestinian Territory)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Gaza (Palestinian Territory)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-01

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PN# 418540


The WHO for the West Bank and Gaza aims at promoting the health of all Palestinian people by improving health sector performance based on equity, effectiveness and sustainability, as well as by addressing the broader social, economic, environmental and cultural health determinants, particularly those which are most affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


1. Assist the Head of the Country Office in coordinating and managing the overall WHO programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

2. Manage the Gaza sub-office administrative services including safety, security, finance and assets.

3. Represent WHO in formal meetings with MoH and Palestinian Authority and contribute to strengthen the planning and the management within the various levels of the health system.

4. Oversee the implementation and management of projects in Gaza, mainly in the fields of emergency preparedness and response, response to avian flu outbreak and pharmaceutical support to the Palestinian Authority.

5. Promote inter-sectoral coordination with other organizations and agencies and participate in interagency bodies such as UN country team.

6. Mobilize resources for critical programmes that will contribute to health systems strengthening.

7. Maintain good contacts and monitor joint work with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and MoH.

8. Identify, review and evaluate projects and collaboration opportunities for WHO and PA in the key areas of health sector such as health policy, health information, essential drugs, environmental health, nutrition, mental health, etc.

9. Identify, analyze and disseminate relevant epidemiological data with respect to the health status of Palestinian population and health services.

10. Facilitate advocacy and negotiation for secure humanitarian assistance, health access, neutrality and protection of health workers.

11. Liaise with UN agencies, local and Israeli authorities, bilateral and multilateral donors and NGOs, in order to ensure coherence of health emergency aid with local plans.

12. Participate in the planning and follow up for the Joint Programme Review Mission (JPRM) / Country Functional Review (CFR) activities in the oPt.



Essential\: University degree in Medicine or any health related field and Master's Degree in Public Health or any health related field
Desirable\: Degree in health system management


Essential\: At least 7 years of experience in the area of Public Health or health management services at national (2 years) and international levels (5 years). Demonstrated managerial experience.
Desirable\: Excellent Knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic or other UN language is an asset


- Theoretical and practical knowledge of public health, epidemiology, health management and emergency preparedness and response;

- Managerial skills in the development and implementation of health projects

WHO Competencies

WHO global Competencies model at http\://

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of Arabic. Intermediate knowledge of other UN 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 73,516 (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 3461 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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