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Unit Head (TCI/IHS/UHL)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-02

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The Unit of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine (TCI) directs, coordinates and enhances globally the contribution of traditional,complementary and integrative medicine to integrated health services, Universal Health Coverage and health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The work is targeted towards promoting and supporting the effective use of and equitable access to quality TCI products and services from all WHO regions that are available, accessible, affordable and acceptable and safe, integrated and people-centred across the life course, across care continuum (including selfshy;care)and across sectors. The TCI unit currently focuses on implementation of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, and will lead on the development of a new global strategy from 2024 to the end of the 2030 SDG agenda. The TCI unit's core functions include high-level policy coordination and collaboration with Member States regarding regulation, research and appropriate integration of traditional and complementary medicine products, practices and practitioners into the health system as well as on contribution of TCI to people's health,well-being and the SDGs. Following the establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India(GCTM), TCI retains its core functions coordinating across the 3-levels of WHO and with the GCT, which will perform agreed complementary functions to add value to WHO's work in traditional medicine inan integrated way under the one WHO global traditional medicine strategy towards achieving WHO's GPW goals, with a specific focus on UHC, and the 2030 agenda overall. Achieving UHC means that all people and communities have equitable access to the promotive,preventive, curative,rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient qualityto be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the individual user to financial hardship. The essence of UHC is universal access to strong and resilient people-centred health services, based on a primary health care (PHC) approach. Effective and efficient health systems require a renewed focus on the organization and management of integrated health services, while ensuring the safety and quality of health services, to improve health outcomes and reach under served populations, to ensure no one is leftbehind.In line with implementation of the WHO GPW13 and achievement of UHC for one billion more people, the mission of the Department of Integrated Health Services (IHS) is to: support countries to provide equitable access to integrated health services (including promotion,prevention, curative, rehabilitative and palliative); ensure these health servicesare effective, safe and people-centred, and based on a primary health care approach, and strengthen country capacity to assess and monitor the performance of health services. The Department accomplishes this objective through producing norms and standards through its Global Public Health Good and through providing specialized technical assistance to regions and countries and through developing strategic partnerships to advance WHOs work.


Provides technical leadership,coordination and managerial support within the Department/Programme, in theUnit of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine ensuring thatactivities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration across all WHO regions with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the traditional medicine, complementary medicine and integrative medicine for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles.In coordination with the Director: IHS, liaises, engages on strategic directions and closely coordinates the WHO/HQ TCI work with the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine based in India and coordinates with the UHL ExD office and related cross-divisional workstreams, according to the agreeddivision of duties.Oversees and guides the development of global traditional medicine strategies beyond 2024, in accordance with the guidance and mandate provided by Member States through the governing bodies.Develops and guides the increasing integration of evidence-based traditional and complementary medicine from all WHO regions into health services according to Member States requirements. 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 indelivering its objectives through efficient managing 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 area of traditional medicine, complementary medicine and integrative medicine to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.Represents the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for traditional medicine, complementary medicine and integrative medicine.Performs all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in traditional medicine or public health policy and management with the knowledge of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine or disciplines related to the functions of the position.
Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine. Proven excellent knowledge and ability in the areas of national policies, regulations, project management and standards & norms of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine. Proven rich experience in collaboration with multilateral, bilateral and regional development institutions at the international level including solid experience in the area of health policies and strategies. Demonstrated solid experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated rich experience at the international level.
Desirable: Working experience in a senior capacity in the area of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine at national level and demonstrated management ability on large and cross-cultural projects.


Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies. Excellent skills in collaborating with technical teams within WHO and with global technical centres. Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams across the world 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.Demonstrated rich knowledge of the areas related to health systems, health services, and traditional,complementary and integrative medicine in particular the policies, regulations,networks, standards & norms of traditional, complementary and integrative medicines. Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills in English.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of WHO offical 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 90,664 (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 6173 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.
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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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