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Technical Officer (Primary Health Care)

New Delhi (India)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-30

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The overall goal of the Health Systems Development department is to strengthen health systems in ways that will advance universal health coverage (UHC) and therefore progress towards the health Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs 2030) in the eleven SEAR countries, with an increased focus on reaching vulnerable populations, through the following strategic directions:

1. Building back health systems in the context of COVID based on a strong primary health care foundation for resilience and rapid progress towards UHC;

2. Strengthening primary health care systems and services as well as adapting primary health care services to changing needs, backed up by appropriate care at the secondary and tertiary levels,with attention to safety, quality and equity - including gender;

3. Systematically addressing social, economic, environmental and commercial determinants of health through evidence-informed public policies and actions across all sectors;

4. Empowering people, families, and communities to take control of their health, as advocates for policies that promote and protect health, as co-developers of health and social services through social and community participation, and as self-carers and care-givers to others; and

5. Ensuring people's main health problems are addressed through comprehensive promotive, protective, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care throughout the life course, strategically prioritizing key services aimed at the population (e.g., public health functions) and personal services (e.g., primary care) as the central elements of integrated service delivery across all levels of care.


Within the PHC Operational Framework, regional strategic frameworks and a country's overall health policy and strategy framework as well as its vision for UHC, the incumbent shall be the Regional Expert on primary health care and primary health care services, both in terms of systems, and health services strengthening and capacity building in countries and will provide evidence-based support through policy advice and technical support as follows:

1. Collaborate with technical departments and units within health systems development to ensure integration of various public health programmes in primary health care and to ensure that the principles of PHC are embedded into all public health and disease control programmes;

2. Provide policy guidance and technical support to countries to strengthen their primary health careapproaches to respond to changing needs, with a focus on strengthening primary health care services;

3. Provide technical support to countries to strengthen their capacity to design and implement andappropriate package of services within the framework of primary health care, ensuring appropriate linkages to secondary and tertiary levels of care in the health care systems of countries;

4. Provide technical assistance to countries to measure and monitor progress on strengthening primary health care for equitable and quality care as foundation for achieving UHC, health related SDGs and triple billion target;

5. Be the leader in fostering collaboration across programmes, sectors and all partners;

6. Focal point for PHC in the Regional Office for dialogue and communication between the three levels of the organization and between Member States and development partners; and

7. Any other task assigned by the Director.



Essential: University degree in Medicine or related health sciences with Postgraduate/Masters level degree in Public Health.


Essential: At least ten years' relevant experience in health systems strengthening and assessment particularly in Primary Health Care, including considerable experience in international context.
Desirable: Experience of work in public health, health policy, planning and management at country level.


1. Knowledge of principles of primary health care and of public health and health systems;

2. Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to clearly and concisely communicate complex issues;

3. Demonstrated ability to maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in government and beyond, including other development agencies.

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Producing results
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  6. Promoting Innovation and Organizational Learning
  7. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of regional language(s).


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, and currently amounts to USD 2560 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.
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