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Strategy & Innovations Officer


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brazzaville
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-01


The mission of WHO's Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR)Cluster is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.Within EPR, the Strategic Support Unit coordinates EPR-related strategic activities at the regional level, including strategy planning, innovation, external relations, external communications, grant management as well as coordinates monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning activities across the EPR programme areas and countries.

The STS team works together and collaborates with colleagues across the EPR Cluster and beyond to contribute to the delivery of the vision/goals of the EPR Cluster.


The Strategy & Innovations Officer (henceforth referred to as the “officer”), will report directly to the STS Programme Area Manager.

The ultimate mission of the officer is to ensure that all key strategic outputs of the EPR Cluster (i.e., strategies, plans, memorandums, etc.) meet industry standards. The officer is expected to support the different programme areas of the EPR cluster to strengthen planning and implementation of their projects and initiatives, integrating best practices in the industry. Additionally, s/he is expected to contributeto the transfer of knowledge to staff at the regional office, hub and country levels in the area of strategy and innovations.

To do this, the officer will leverage existing guidelines and key documents including World Health Assembly resolutions, Regional Committee resolutions, WHO's Programme Budget, WHO's ePub system, WHO's Style Guide, WHO's Guidelines on Interaction with the Private Sector and Humanitarian Appeals and Principles.

The specific duties for theposition include but are not limited to the following:

Strategy development and problem-solving support to the EPR leadership and teams

  • Provide strategy and problem-solving expertise on projects aligned to the top priorities of the EPR Cluster, in line with the EPR8-Year Strategy 2022-2030.
  • Facilitate decision-making of senior staff across EPR on priority issues through conducting independent research, facilitating dialogues, and sharing recommendations.
  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders across the Organization and provide support and advisory to senior stakeholders as needed.
  • Review/edit strategy and policy materials - such as briefing materials, talking points, concept notes, funding proposals etc. - to optimize clarity and persuasion.
  • Quickly break down and structure problems and iterate rapidly towards evidence-based solutions, in partnership with other members of the STS Unit and EPR Cluster. For example, review EPR 8-Year Strategy Progress Reports and EPR Flagship Progress Reports, developing targeted catch-up campaigns for any areas where progress is lagging as needed.

Strategic alignmentand innovation Source and analyze all new developments within WHO (i.e., HQ, AFRO and other regions) and ensure that new strategies and plans within the EPR Cluster are conceptually aligned.

  • Monitor global health policies and trends to advise EPR leadership on opportunities.
  • Conceptualize new initiatives at the discretion of the STS Manager and RED, soliciting and integrating expertise across the Cluster and beyond and putting ideas on paper.
  • Ensure that all EPR staff are familiar with theCluster's theory of change and the new activities fit within that dynamic and evolving framework.
  • Capacitybuilding of staff in the areas of strategy and innovation
  • Develop and conduct trainings in relevant areas such as writing a compelling concept note and communicating results.
  • Provide capacity-building support to EPR staff at regional office, hubs and country offices around strategy design and development- listening to ideas, facilitating brainstorming, and supporting the documentation of ideas.
  • Ensure transfer of knowledge to EPR staff around approaches that foster effective problem-solving, creativity and innovation and systems-thinking.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Prepare and submit regular reports and evaluations to the STS Manager on planned activities.
  • Document best practices for the strategy and innovations officer function and ensure lessons learnt are shared across the organization.
  • Collaborate with the Monitoring, Evaluation,Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to ensure reporting in due time andform.
  • May act as STS Manager Director in the absence of the incumbent.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Essential: Master of Business Administration or master'sdegree in Public Health, International Relations, Public Policy, Public Administration, Law or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: Incident management system training,Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse training, Specialized training in emergency/humanitarian fields.


Essential: At least seven (7) years of proven experience in the relevant fields (i.e., strategy or management consulting, senior strategy advisory roles within private and public sector institutions) at the national or international level in public health development and/or emergency management.


  • Prior work experience within the United Nations System, recognized humanitarian organizations, or with an international non governmental organization Experiencein training and capacity-building in the areas of strategy and innovation
  • Proven experience in strategy development, including writing and editing a wide range of compelling strategy materials targeting a variety of audiences Proven experience with change management
  • Proven experience in facilitating decision-making and discussions among diverse groups of stakeholders, supporting both innovation and consensus-building Experience working in Africa.


  • The candidate will have a thorough knowledge of:
  • Backgroundand objectives of emergency management programmes, practices, and procedures.Incident Management System.
  • WHO Emergency Response Framework.Managementprinciples and practices, including emergency management The core skills required for this position includethe following: Exceptional analytical skills, including the ability to quickly distill challenges and opportunities as well as identify/evaluate options. Exceptional writing skills with the ability to simplify complex ideas without losing critical nuance,
  • Exceptional project management skills, including the ability to achieve consensus and chartclear paths forward from ambiguity. Strong facilitation skills (i.e., ability to plan and lead brainstorming sessions,workshops, etc.) with senior leaders.Skilled communicator comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders, from fundersto staff members across the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Track-record of producing results under pressure.
  • Sound understanding of the impact of emergencies and crises on social and economic development, and its burden on populations.
  • Good knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in the emergency incident management context.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert 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 75,602 (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 3440 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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