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Technical Officer (Long-term Care)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
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  • Closing Date: Closed


The Division of Country Health Policies and Systems(CPS) assists countries in the Region with the design and implementation of appropriate health policies and systems to strengthen universal health coverage. It works to strengthen data-driven, evidence-informed, contextually tailored health policy development and implementation at national, regional, and local levels, taking an inclusive approach across the life course.
The Division advocates strengthening of public health leadership, focusing on implementing policies that are people centered, promote health, prevent illness, and address the social and economic determinants of health, while fostering leadership on equity, human rights, and gender mainstreaming in health. It focuses on building capacity for health systems innovation to enable the sustainable delivery of high-quality primary health and community services that are effectively linked to hospitals, and mental health, public health, and social care services.
To do so, CPS supports country efforts to facilitate access so as to leave nobody behind, to improve financial protection, to strengthen the health workforce, to increase access to affordable medicines and technologies, and to promote the uptake and implementation of digital technology.
The Workforce for Service Delivery in Health &long-term care (HWD) unit provides strategic direction, technical assistance and tailored support to countries to improve access and quality for health and long-term care services delivered by a competent and sustainable workforce. It engages with professional bodies and patients to support the design and transformation of services which are geared to improve: patient experience of care across the health and social sector; health of the population, health care efficiency and the experience and engagement of the health and care workforce. In order to deliver these objectives aligned with the European Programme of Work and GPW 13 the unit focuses on supporting countries through the development of policies, strategies, tools and capacities in the areas of health workforce, (including nursing and midwifery and the public health workforce) to improve working conditions, retain and motivate the existing workforce; and align the education, training and production of the future workforce with population health needs, promote integration in service delivery to better bridge the divide between health systems and social care across the whole continuum of care, as well as supporting Member States efforts to put people at the centre of services.


With the overall aim to enable steady progress towards Universal Health Coverage in the European region, to provide expert technical and strategic advice to Member States on how to strengthen integrated delivery of Long-Term Care systems and services. To facilitate increased use of evidence-based policies in decision-making by providing expert advice at all stages of the development and improvement of long-term care including the appropriate use of related data and information.

Key duties

  1. Provide expert technical input and methodological support in specific aspects of the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the WHO European regional Programme on Long-Term Care.

  2. Provide expert technical input to the development of WHO EURO Regional Long-Term policy and Action Plan in line with overall WHO Policy for implementation of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030).

  3. Provide expert technical advice and methodological support to WHO/EURO's work in this area through the development of analytical studies based on country and regional evidence and data on the delivery of long-term care policy and related public health services. As needed, S/he also contributes to the effective development of high-quality evidence on long-care interventions at national level.

  4. Lead/engage in a number of outputs and activities directed at building country and regional capacity for integrated delivery of Long-Term Care with a particular focus on national operational implementation at Governmental and health delivery levels.

  5. Support Member States through the provision of ad hoc expert technical advice in the strengthening of integrated delivery of Long-Term Care services as part of the national Universal Health Coverage programme including but not reduced to the formulation of specific national plans of action on long term care from an operational implementation and systems perspective. Monitor subsequent progress to distribute/ share learning across Member States.

  6. Provide technical support and guidance to Member States in the development and implementation of multi-sectoral social and health policies through cross sectoral work for promoting health care and social protection practices to strengthen integrated long-term care.

  7. Support both the HWD Unit and the Member States in the development and strengthening of relevant partnerships, contributing to mobilize resources for the area of long-term care. Prepare proposals to donors to secure funding and initiate/engage in relevant networking as may be required.

  8. Develop guidelines and recommend norms and procedures concerning the technical aspects of integrated long term care system and services and provide concrete recommendations to Member States on how these can be best deployed and/or implemented at national level.

  9. Provide technical expert input and support in designing and delivering advocacy and communication activities in the area of Long-Term Care that generate public visibility. Collaborate with a variety of national and international partners in the development and implementation of research activities in the area of long-term care.

  10. Develop and ensure the delivery of tailored training programmes for Member States in the areas of integrated long-term care services directed at aligning and integrating health and social care systems.

  11. Perform other related responsibilities and duties within the scope of the work as required by the supervisors.



Essential: Advanced university degree(Masters level) in public health, management, economics, social science, or related areas relevant to the position.
Desirable: Additional university degree in any of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential: At least 7 years of experience in the area of long-term care planning, implementing and evaluating programmes in national and international setting, with at least 3 years of international experience.
Desirable: Relevant work experience with(in) WHO, the UN, NGOs, or organizations/institutions active in the long-term care sector. Demonstrated experience working in the WHO European Region. Demonstrated experience of working on ageing issues.


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of the technical area of integrated long term care system.

  2. Demonstrated experience of producing high quality analytical products on long term care, especially as they relate to policy analysis at country and global levels advising on long term care system and services.

  3. Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment.

  4. Public speaking skills.

  5. Knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries in the European Region would be an asset.

  6. Ability to identify and manage one's own emotions and help others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French, Russian, German.


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 77,326 (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 4846 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.


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