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ROSTER Temporary - Planning and Grant Management Officer - National Professional Officer

Damascus (Syria)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Damascus (Syria)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by: 1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; 2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office and technical guidance of Director of Programme Management DPM, the incumbent will perform the following duties:--> Support the WR, and lead the WCO technical staff and health partners in the preparation, coordination, implementation and monitoring of WHO strategic planning based on needs assessments, analysis and other identified priorities and strategies;--> Provide technical guidance and establish workable mechanisms to explore and identify strategic and innovative areas of cooperation with national counterparts, UN Country Team and national and international partners in line with the UN Country Team humanitarian response plans, Resilience Strategic Frameworks, and relevant national reform processes, humanitarian and development policies and priorities;--> Provide guidance to technical staff and health partners for needs- and situational assessment processes and any other analytical work to determine the WCO strategy and priorities, including for resource mobilization (with a focus on development streams) and advocacy strategies;--> Establish coordination mechanisms for planning with related entities within Syria (including national counterparts, the UNCT, international counterparts, the Office of the Joint Special Representative and the OPCW-UN Mission in Syria);--> Provide technical guidance so that WHO strategic planning for Syria is integrated and complementary with planning for regional responses and regional support to those affected by the Syrian conflict; --> Promote and establish an environment among health sector partners and UNCT members to bring synergies in the work of WHO, health sector partners and the UNCT.--> Represent WHO in related workshops and meetings in the national and regional level, presenting updates, and coordinating all WHO activities with cluster partners;



Essential: University degree in administration, social sciences or related field.
Desirable: Master's degree in Social Science or business administration


Essential: At least 5 years of experience in a related field
Desirable: Experience in local authorities, UN organizations or NGOs


Demonstrated knowledge of dealing with national authorities and local partners, excellent skills in assessment, monitoring and analysis of emergency health situations. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure. Proven ability to communicate effectively. Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus. Excellent presentation skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD USD 25,511 (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.
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