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Coordinator (2 vacancies-Honiara & Hanoi)

Hanoi (Vietnam)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-23

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Division Mandate:

For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region outlines a vision for WHO work with Member States and partners in the Western Pacific. Strong, resilient, sustainable health systems are integral to delivering the four thematic priorities.Up to 60% of people living in some countries in the Region do not have access to safe, quality and affordable health services and medicines.One in five families spend 10% of their income on health care. This threatens individuals, families, communities and economies. The Division of Health Systems (DHS) will contribute to taking forward the vision of, and the thematic priorities in For the Future. DHS will support Member States with high quality advice and assistance on health financing, health workforce, medical products, quality and safety, law and governance, women and children, rehabilitation, surgery and health services including primary health care so that they can build resilient, responsive and sustainable health systems.

Unit Mandates:

Heath Policy and Sevice Design (HPS) - HPS supports Member States to develop and implement policies, strategies, plans and service delivery design, including primary health care, to strengthen governance, financing, health workforce in order to ensure access to needed promotive, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and palliative services without financial hardship.

Essential Medicines and Health Technologies (EMT) - EMT supports Member States to strengten pharmaceutical systems and regulations, including for traditional medicines to ensure equitable access to quality-assured, safe and effective therapies and health technologies and works along with other programmes to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance in the Western Pacific Region.

Maternal Child Health and Quality Safety (MCQ) - MCQ supports Member States to improve health systems to provide the best and safest possible health facility services to all people, regardless of race, beliefs, gender, economic and social condition and to ensure universal health coverage serves all people, starting from women and children.

Health Law and Ethics (HLE) - HLE supports Member States to understand, develop and implement quality and ethical legal frameworks for health. Grounded in human rights and international good practice standards, legal framworkds for health guide transformative policies and innovative programming.

Health Information and Innovation (HII) - HII provides support to Member States in the Region on health information system strengthening using relevant data and evidence for decision-making through better tracking of sustainable development goals (SDG) and universal health coverage progress.


Under the supervision of the Head of WHO Country Office, the incumbent will perform the following:

Fostering partnership with Member States & other stakeholders

--> Support health policy development, assist technical consultation and policy dialogues by developing good relations with relevant Member State counterparts (Ministry of Health (MOH) and other ministries);

--> Support the Ministry of Health in regular policy dialogues, reviews and assessments and evaluate the implementation of health policies together with other relevant health partners;

--> Coordinate and advocate for health systems issues (UHC and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)) with UN agencies, donors and other development partners in the country and find synergies;

--> Represent WHO position with Government and other development partners, including deputizing for the Head of WHO Country Office when required. Assist the Head of WHO Country Office/WHO Representative in convening health partner meetings and promote networking;

--> Contribute to and coordinate WHO inputs to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and its implementation. Promote the development and implementation of UN joint programmes; and

--> Provide policy advice to the Head of WHO Country Office through review and analysis of documents, strategies and business needs related to health policy and governance (situation analysis, priority setting, costing and budgeting the plan, monitoring and evaluation).

Managing and implementing Health Systems Workplan

--> Deliver core WHO Country Office (WCO) priorities on health systems;

--> Lead the Health Systems team in developing and effectively implementing the WCO workplan. Support the team in delivering their objectives (including recruiting and coaching staff to build team's capacity);

--> Ensure effective implementation, programme and financial management of all WCO funds under the respective programmes to achieve 100% implementation rate;

--> Liaise with other teams within the WCO to ensure effective cross-team working on issues of joint priority.

--> Provide technical support and guidance primarily on key health systems issues and, depending on country needs, also on noncommunicable diseases and disease programmes; and

--> Mobilize resources to meet funding requirements.

Liaising with Regional Office and Headquarters

--> Effectively collaborate with the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office and support global and regional initiatives through joint planning and missions with a specific focus on the development and implementation of health systems priorities;

--> In liaison with the Regional Office, develop and execute communication activities in pursuit of WCO's strategic priorities (including speeches, media release, communications material, social media, etc.);

--> Contribute to the development and implementation of WHO country cooperation strategy and programme budget; and

--> Any other duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced university degree (master's level or higher degree from a recognized university) in public health particularly on health systems, health policy, health planning and management, health financing. health systems development, health economics or other related fields.
Desirable: Training in public policy, development studies, health service development, health financing, health policy and management or programme evaluation.


Essential: Minimum of ten years' experience in managing public health programmes or health services planning and development at national and international level and at least five years at senior level.
Desirable: Experience from a national level organization or other international organization or bilateral development partner or nongovernmental organizations. Working knowledge of WHO system.


--> High level expertise and knowledge in at least two areas of health systems and strong understanding of other relevant issues;

--> Expertise in developing strategies on a wide range of issues;

--> Expertise in prioritization, resource allocation, work planning, implementation and monitoring technical and financial progress;

--> Expertise in managing a team - including recruiting staff, allocating responsibilities, motivating, coaching and supporting professional development of staff;

--> Good knowledge of policy-making process at international and national levels;

--> Knowledge of health systems development and management issues, including health financing, in developing countries;

--> Knowledge of processes for developing and monitoring national health policies, strategies and plans, health financing, and health coordination mechanisms and partnerships.

WHO Competencies

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

Promoting innovation and organizational learning (for Hanoi post only)

Driving the Organization to a successful future (for Honiara post only)

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.


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 89,837 (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. 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.
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