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Health Economist

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-21

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The mission of the department of Health Systems Governance and Financing (HGF) and its units at WHO HQ is to support member countries to develop and/or sustain health financing systems that ensure access to needed health services while avoiding catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment of people as a result of seeking care. This will be achieved through monitoring and evaluation, with development of tools and information to feed into the policy process, and with appropriate capacity development to undertake such activities in country toward UHC.


Under the direct supervision of the Unit Head, Economic Evaluation and Analysis, the incumbent shall: 1. Regularly update the Financial Protection database and conduct analyses of financial protection data with responsibility for updating estimates in certain countries and with development of related analyses 2. Contribute to biannual global report on progress towards UHC. This will entail preparing and analyzing data sets and contributing to background papers, technical briefs, and other relevant publications on financial protection indicators and related key indicators 3. Provide technical assistance to countries and regions in the measurement and evaluation of financial protection. 4. Undertake other work of the unit as may be requested by the Unit Head.



Essential: A first university degree in Health Financing, Economics or Statistics.
Desirable: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Health Financing, Economics or Statistics.


Essential: At least 5 years' experience in applied quantitative work relating to health systems and financing with a focus on measurement and evaluation of financial protection at national and international levels
Desirable: Relevant work experience working with other UN and related Organizations, particularly the international financial institutions.


1. Knowledge and expertise in health financing issues, particularly as they link to measures of financial protection. 2. Proficiency in STATA and in database management of microdatasets 3. Drafting related materials and papers.4. Knowledge of principles of project management and excellent organizational skills. 5. Excellent ability to work collaboratively within a team and ability to adapt to multinational environment.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

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 62,120 (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 4260 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: 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: 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.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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