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Executive Officer, Office of the Director for Programme Management

Manila (Philippines)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Manila (Philippines)
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-04

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The WHO Western Pacific Region (WPRO) is made up of 37 countries and areas. The diversity of people and health situations requires a solid understanding of the emerging socioeconomic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends in order to provide relevant and timely responses to countries and areas needs and expectations. The overall objective of the position is therefore to strategically manage and coordinate the implementation, monitoring and evalution of WHO General Programme of Work (GPW), WPRO strategic orientations and related programme budgets through the Division of Programme Management units and other regional and country offices structures.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Director, Programme Management (DPM), the incumbent leads and coordinates the work of Country Support Unit (CSU), Programme Development and Operations (PDO) and Editorial Services (EDT) units in line with WHO's core functions, strategies and priorities identified in the General Programme of Work.

In the spirit of the one team approach, the risk management approach and the strong country focus which are embedded in WPRO's culture and modus operandi, the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, the following areas:

(1) the strengthening of effective leadership of WHO’s work at the country level in the Region;

(2) WHO’s effective engagement with other UN system agencies and other partners both at the regional and country levels;

(3) WHO reform activities that strengthen WHO’s performance at the regional and country levels;

(4) the implementation of WHO's evaluation policy in the Region;

(5) integrated and cross-cutting approaches for the delivery of WHO’s collaborative programmes in the Region;

(6) WPRO's effective participation in major global and regional initiatives on public health matters and timely submission of the regional input to global policies, strategies and plans such as the GPW; the midterm reviews and the programme budget;

(7) Technical preparations of the Regional Committee meetings and other governing body meetings;

(8) Guidance on collaborative work of the units within the team;

(9) WHO's effective and strategic planning and use of resources;

(10) Effective, proactive and strategic editorial services; and

(11) Other related and assigned duties as required.



Essential: Medical degree with postgraduate degree in public health or Advanced university degree in health-related science with a postgraduate degree in public health, epidemiology, health administration, health policy or health economics from a recognized university.
Desirable: Training in leadership, governance and management/public administration.


Essential: At least fifteen years of relevant, progressively responsible work experience, including: (a) progressive experience in health programmes/health systems at both national and international levels; (b) experience in directing/managing public health programmes in developing countries and supervision of large teams and; (c) experience working in WHO, other UN agencies, or other development organizations.
Desirable: Conversant with WHO managerial processes and procedures.


Knowledge of WHO and/or UN system strategies, policies and programme. Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting the Organization's position in health Leadership

Building and promoting partnership across the Organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
Desirable: Working knowledge of French.


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 102,715 (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 4246 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 prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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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