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National Professional Officer (Health Cluster)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: Closed


The mission of the Health Cluster is tocollectively prepare for and responds to humanitarian and public healthemergencies to improve health outcomes of affected populations in Myanmar,through timely, predictable, appropriate and effective coordinated health action.The Cluster operates in 6 core functions whichare: support to service delivery, assessment and public health information,planning and health response strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation of healthresponse, building capacity and advocacy.


Under direct supervision of Health Cluster Coordinator, and overall guidance by WHO Representative, the incumbent is to perform the following tasks:

  • Provide technical assistance in all six health sector/cluster core functions: support to service delivery, assessment and public health information, planning and health response strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation of health response, building capacity and advocacy, for a timely, predictable, appropriate and effective coordinated health action.
  • Oversee the subnational heath cluster coordination/units, to coordinate and implement the health sector/cluster workplan.
  • Provide operational and technical assistance for all aspects of the Health sector/cluster management
  • Collaborate with WHO country and regional expertise and teams, local authorities, UN partners, NGOs, and non-health actors, promoting and upholding the humanitarian and public health principles.
  • Contribute to needs assessment, strategic planning, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring and peer review and evaluation across the Humanitarian Programme Cycle.
  • Contribute to timely and high-quality collection, analyses, production, and dissemination of Public Health Information System (PHIS) data and information. This includes response specific information (who, what, where, how many, how quickly, current status),Health Cluster situation update and bulletins, rapid needs assessments, health risk assessments, and the Public Health Situation Analysis; and health inputs into humanitarian needs overviews (HNO), and strategic response plans (SRP).
  • Undertake field assessment and epidemiological surveys if/where needed, such as rapid assessments, and capacity surveys.
  • Provide ongoing technical guidance and training, to the team members and partners involved in the health sector/cluster and Humanitarian Programme Cycle.
  • Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: University degree in medicine (MBBS) from a recognized institute
Desirable: Advance university degree on health planning, international health or Public Health area. Relevant trainings in health programme planning and budgeting


Essential: At least 2 years of relevant experience at the national or subnational levels in managing health emergencies or humanitarian crisis or related areas.
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant non- governmental or humanitarian organizations. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships


In-depth knowledge of health sector/cluster mission and functions, Humanitarian Programme cycle, Inter-Agency Standing Committee and humanitarian principles. Demonstrated skills in technical and operational management of health response in humanitarian crisis, in complex settings Demonstrated skills in capacity building, needs assessment, strategic planning, proposal and report writing. Knowledge of programme management and functioning of WHO and the UN system is an asset.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Myanmar.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 29,810 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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.
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
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  • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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