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Unit Head, Monitoring, Forecasting & Inequalities

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Managerial positions
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-29

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The Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact supports and strengthens the generation and collection, analysis, use and dissemination of data and evidence to promote better evidence-informed decision-making in Member States. Its goal is to build capacity in member states to monitor the health of their populations and the impact of health interventions and to promote evidence informed policy decisions. The monitoring of WHO's Global Programme of Work 13 2019-2023 (GPW 13) Impact Framework is also a key function.

The Department of Data and Analytics is responsible for monitoring progress on the GPW 13, strengthening country health information, data generation and evidence creation in collaboration with partners and addresses critical data gaps for priority health topics. It also serves as Division focal point for collaboration with other departments with regard to primary data generation efforts and analysis. It undertakes analysis of health trends and determinants.


- Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the Department in the area of monitoring, analysis and forecasting of health outcomes and determinants at global, national and sub-national levels ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.

- Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the monitoring, analysis and forecasting of health outcomes and determinants at global, national and subnational levels for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles.

- Oversees a unit of technical teams specialized in various domains within their area of expertise, and facilitates the efficient flow of team synergies.

- Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a small team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work.

- Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables.

- Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.

- Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in the monitoring, analysis and forecasting of health outcomes and determinants at global, national and sub-national levels to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.

- Represent the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for best practice in monitoring, analysis and forecasting of health outcomes and determinants at global, national and sub-national levels.

Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties:

- Develop and implement a renewed WHO vision and strategy on health data analysis.

- Lead WHO's work on monitoring the global health situation and trends, including the production of annual reports such as World Health Statistics and other analytical reports, and the technical function of producing WHO's global health estimates.

- Lead and contribute to the writing and analyses of scientific papers relevant to the WHO priorities in the field of monitoring, analysis, forecasting and predictive analytics.



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in statistics, epidemiology, demography, health sciences or other disciplines with relevant statistical and data analysis content.
Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of monitoring, analysis and forecasting of health trends and determinants at global, national and sub-national levels, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies.

Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: At least 5 years of practical experience in management and leadership of teams working on public health or related field.

Familiarity with and productive contacts with academic and national institutions.


Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes.

Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.

Good skills in mobilizing resources.

Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders.

Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.

Excellent knowledge of analytic methods for producing health estimates.

Excellent knowledge of monitoring inequality in health outcomes and determinants at global, national and sub-national levels.

Excellent knowledge of forecasting and predictive analytic methods.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

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

Intermediate knowledge of Other UN Language.


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 88,162 (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 5767 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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