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Health Policy Advisor (Universal Health Coverage)

occupied palestinian territory

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: occupied palestinian territory
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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PN 421318


The overall objective of the programme is to support Palestine in advancing towards universal health coverage based on a health system strengthening approach, with specific focus on health financing and Economics and on strengthening service planning and primary healthcare in development and emergency contexts.

Being a member of the Universal Health Coverage Partnership project, this program focuses on the following strategic priority areas:

i) strengthening health systems through improving governance, access to medicines and health products, distribution and skills of health workforce, health financing, health management information systems and service delivery;

ii) enabling health systems to integrate and improve performance of all levels of non-communicable disease prevention, management and care with focus on areas mentioned under (i);

(iii) supporting the International Health Partnership for Universal Health Coverage 2030 (UHC2030) to coordinate policy dialogue and alignment between all stakeholders at country, regional and global levels;

(iv) strengthening health systems to ensure durable capacities for risk reduction, surveillance and management of health risks.


1. Provide technical leadership and managerial support to the office in the area of Public Health and health system strengthening ensuring that the activities in these areas are carried out efficiently and effectively.

2. Provide technical and policy advice to Ministry of Health and national counterparts to strengthen the national health systems.

3. Develop and propose national strategies and policies for implementation through collaboration with the national authorities and recommend health development initiatives in the areas of health systems strengthening, partnership building and improvements in the planning and management of existing Public health systems.

4. Oversee and coordinate work plans and budgets for team activities including resource mobilization for the work programme and monitor the implementation of planned activities.

5. Coordinate and implement programs for capacity building in the area of Public health, health systems, and the management and financing of the systems.

6. Design action plans for implementation and evaluation of sustainable and effective health care financing and service delivery arrangements to support universal coverage.

7. Provide technical advice and develop new national strategies and policies improved plans of action in the existing health financing and service delivery systems.

8. Act as a technical advisor to the public concerning sustainable health systems that contribute to health equity, social justice and elimination of exclusion; as well as to the relevant authorities concerning health economics and health care financing in the country and respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, measures, techniques and procedures.

9. Promote and establish new community outreach activities to facilitate the expansion of health-care networks.

10. Advocate, coordinate, and build partnerships with national counterparts, technical departments at HQ and negotiate with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) to harmonize recommendations on policies and strategies related to Public health systems and resolve issues or concerns and seek funding for new projects and work programmes.

11. Represent WHO at various meetings.

12. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Master's degree in health economics, economics, public health, or global health
Desirable: University degree in public financial management


Essential: At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience at the national and international levels in health financing, health economics, public health, health system strengthening developing public health and health system capacity and policies/strategies that promote public health areas and strengthen health systems. Within this experience, demonstrated professional experience working at the country and/or regional level providing technical advice and services to Ministries of Health/Member States and other partners on public health programmes, healthcare financing and service delivery programmes. Experience managing diverse teams.
Desirable: 2 years experience specific in health economics in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region;


--> Ability to lead and manage a team effectively;

--> Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions;

--> Excellent knowledge and expertise of country level situations with regard to public health systems development and management with good understanding of relevant country's needs, priorities and policies, along with WHO's policies, practices, guidelines and procedures in the related areas and ability to apply them in the country office setting.

--> Ability to conduct research and analyze results, identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations for strengthening health care systems.

--> Ability to review and revise policies and objectives of assigned program and activities.

--> Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

--> Excellent knowledge of Health care systems and safety regulations.

--> Proven knowledge of technical aspects in the field of specialty.

--> Public speaking techniques.

--> Excellent drafting and communication skills.

--> Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

--> Team leadership, team spirit and time management skills.

WHO Competencies

WHO global Competencies model at

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of arabic.


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 5023 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.
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line. For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.

  • 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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