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Team Coordinator (DPS/PCE), (P-5), Fixed-Term, Suva, Fiji


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Suva
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


To increase the capacity of Member States in the Pacific in climate, environmental and occupational
health risk assessment and management, including agreed actions under the For the Future CCE
Thematic Priority; enhance health sector leadership on primary prevention interventions to reduce the
effect of climate change on health; support efforts to increase environmental sustainability of health care
facilities; and reduce the effect of environmental and occupational hazards to health through
multisectoral cooperation and intercountry cooperation in managing climate change, environmental and
occupational determinants of health.


Under the guidance and supervisions of the Head of WHO Country Office (HWO) and Director, Pacific
Technical Support, the incumbent, closely collaborating with relevant technical staff working on
environmental health, climate change and occupational health at country, subregional, regional and
headquarters levels, provides oversight of the work of the Pacific Climate Change and Environment
(PCE) team, including but not limited to: planning, development, implementation, monitoring and
evaluation of the plan of action; technical support to PICs on environmental and occupational health
policy, planning and capacity-building; coordinating agreed actions under the For the Future CCE
Thematic Priority; and developing, coordinating with partners and implementing programmes of support
with WHO financial inputs as well as resources from partners and donors. The incumbent will also be
responsible for developing and articulating WHO positions at high-level meetings with counterparts in
the Government, partner agencies including donors and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). a body
of WHO guidelines on the key technical areas are in place and globally recognized, for example on
drinking water quality, climate change and health, air quality and chemicals and waste management.
Contracts will occur regularly between the staff member and high-level government officers as well as
with officers from donor and partner implementing agencies, and with multiple departments and programmes within WHO. Specifically, the summary of assigned duties will include:

  1. Lead coordination of agreed components of the Region's For the Future CCE Thematic Priority workplan, including coordinating the secretariat for the CCE TAG.
  2. Coordinate and manage the work of the WHO team providing support to the PICs on climate change and environmental health priority areas including climate change and health, community and health facility water supply and sanitation, environmental health impact assessment, chemical safety, air quality, waste management including health care waste, food safety and healthy settings initiatives, in collaboration with the appropriate regional and national partners and officials, including:
  • provide advisory services on technical aspects of climate change and health, environmental and
  • occupational health with particular emphasis on appropriate technology as required;
  • develop disaster risk reduction/management strategies and respond to emergency requests;
  • develop and promote innovative approaches to environmental and occupational health problems;
  • prepare manuals, guidelines, and technical papers as required, draft legislation/regulations for the sector as required;
  • mobilize additional resources to support work on climate change and health, environmental health and occupational health;
  • liaise with governments, bilateral and international agencies including the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific partners on a routine basis.

3. Undertake continuous review and monitoring of the environmental health situation in the countries, collect, review and verify the data/information on environmental and occupational health service coverage/issues and prepare status reports and sector profiles.
4. Build and foster strong partnerships with other UN organizations, bilateral agencies, NGOs, governments, the private sector and communities providing technical expertise and advice on the environment health and climate change and improve the effectiveness of resources utilization.
5. Prepare periodic/routine technical progress reports on work and activities against agreed detailed workplan milestones and as required.
6. Contribute to whole of office, UN Country Team and the Region's work on shared priorities, including responses to emergencies.
7. Perform/assume other duties/tasks as required.



Essential: Postgraduate degree (master's or higher) in environmental sciences, environmental health, environmental engineering, climate change-related sciences or natural sciences from an institution or university recognized in the International Association of Universities' Worldwide Database of Higher Education Institutions Systems and Credentials (WHED).
Desirable: Undergraduate degree in health, public health, environmental health or related area would be an advantage.


Essential: Minimum of ten years' experience in development and implementation of scientific and operational aspects of environmental management, environmental health and climate change including planning, implementing, administering and research/training in water supply, sanitation and environmental health at national and international levels.
Desirable: Working experience in developing countries is highly desirable. WHO's Water Safety Planning (risk assessment/risk management) approach to improved drinking water, climate change and health, disaster risk management/reduction, and health care waste management are an asset.


Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the principles, practices and techniques of protection of human health from climate change; particularly in risk management, climate change and health, environmental health, environmental engineering and science with emphasis on skills in project management; research and training of national staff in limited resource environments; proven ability to evaluate country needs for planning and promoting national health adaptation capabilities; programme development, planning, implementation, and management skills including proposal development; negotiation and representational skills which allow development of common understanding of complex and often controversial issues; ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct; leadership, management and advocacy skills. Proficiency in standard MS Office software applications.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 3,015 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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