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National Professional Officer (Programme Management)

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-30

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WHO is the specialized agency of the United Nations with the objectives to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. The WHO Bangladesh Country Office directs and coordinates the authority for health by supporting the Bangladesh Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and through WHO's technical cooperation programmes, integrating a gender, equity and human-rights based approach. WHO seeks to address the pledge of leaving no one behind in the programme areas to achieve the national health goals by providing needs-based technical assistance in national level policy formulation, setting norms and standards, improving knowledge dissemination, monitoring country health situation and building sustainable institutional capacity, to play a greater leadership role in different national technical forums as well as contribute to regional and global public health platforms.The objective of the planning unit is to strengthen the WCO and enhance collaboration with national health authorities and partners by providing technical support and assistance in health planning, resource mobilization and management of WHO collaborative programmes, and by providing increased interface through advocacy and documentation.


Under the direct supervision of the Technical Officer Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation and overall supervision of the Head of Sub-Office, the incumbent will:

  • Provide support in planning and developing work plans in accordance with the Country Cooperation Strategy and the Organization's as well as national health policies and procedures.
  • Monitor the implementation of GOB/WHO collaborative programme activities including collection and analysis of data on implementation status from GSM.
  • Facilitate programme implementation by ensuring timely workplan funding, award creation and distribution, budgeting of activity and HR workplans.
  • Comply with the WHO policies on deadlines on and management of budgets.
  • Provide support to the MOH and its Directorates for smooth planning, implementation of and reporting on WHO collaborative project/programme activities.
  • Work in close collaboration with WCO technical programmes and the Human Resource unit to provide support in formulation and management of activity and HR workplans.
  • Coordinate with technical units and South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) to draft and obtain clearance for financial management reports and requests for certified financial statements.
  • Work in close coordination with concerned units in SEARO, especially PPC and PIR on matters related to WCO Bangladesh programme budget formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting issues.
  • Assist TO Planning and M&E, Head of Sub-Office and WR in all matters related to General Programme of Work (GPW), programme budget and WHO Governing Body meetings.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by TO Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation and the Head of Sub-Office.



Essential: University degree in management, administration, health policy/planning, economics, social development, social sciences, science or international relations from a recognized/ university
Desirable: Masters' degree in public health or formal training in project management.


Essential: At least one year experience in project management with experience in planning, grant management, budget, finance and/or related field, including sound understanding of resource mobilization
Desirable: Experience in programme/workplan formulation and monitoring, grant management, administration, in WHO or another UN agency.


Essential: Thorough knowledge of programme planning and management;Administrative knowledge of the functioning of ministries and related departments. Demonstrated ability to work in harmony with national/international staff. Excellent writing skills including ability to present technical information. Ability to produce results, conceptualize issues, analyse qualitative and quantitative data, and to write coherent and concise briefing documents.

Desirable:Good knowledge of WHO/UN administrative and financial rules, processes and procedures

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at BDT 3,292,822 (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: 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.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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