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Roster for Consultants - Universal Health Coverage


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Manila
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: Closed


Purpose of the Roster

This roster will establish a pool of qualified candidates with different seniority level and areas of UHC expertise such as public health, political economy, health governance and financing, health reforms and systems transformation, health policy and research, communication for health, strategic partnerships, and evidence, monitoring and evaluation. The set of expertise are relevant to key areas and strategies of UHC/DSI work to advance UHC in countries. Successful candidates will be included in the roster and may be subsequently selected to rapidly and flexibly work on future assignments aimed at achieving the abovementioned three goals of UHC team.


Universal health coverage (UHC) means all individuals and communities have access to quality services, where and when they need them without suffering financial hardship. UHC is the overarching target of the Sustainable Development Goal on Health (SDG 3), central to achieving the “Triple billion targets”, and the foundation in realizing the “For the Future: towards the healthiest and safest Region” which was endorsed by Member States in 2019.

In the WHO Regional Office in the Western Pacific (WPRO), the UHC team under Data, Strategy and Innovation (DSI) Group, supports Member States' efforts to transform health systems on their UHC journey with tailored strategies, informed by new ways of working, best practices, tools and strategic direction. Guided by the global and regional agendas and countries initiatives, the UHC team aims to “drive country impact in advancing UHC through unified and tailored support using strategies that underpin collaboration, systems approach and innovation”. This necessitates the shift from regional level to country level technical and policy support based on Member States priorities. To realize this, UHC team’s work will focus achieving the three overarching goals: (1) creating country impact to advance UHC through unified and tailored approaches, (2) strengthening knowledge, evidence and communication for informing actions and investments towards UHC; and (3) expanding collaboration and partnership on UHC advocacy and joint works. These will be supported by various activities with outcomes that are complementary to achieve the goals.

Broad summary of potential assignments

The consultants will work under the direct supervision of the UHC Coordinator, DSI, WPRO, to provide technical support on one or more of the following key areas of work:

1. Provide policy and programme advice and strategic support for countries priority interventions to advance UHC

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Support developing the tools that will guide country’s UHC journey, including critical appraisal of evidence, drafting technical materials, and collaboration with WHO offices and partners as necessary.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Provide technical assistance at strategic and operational levels to facilitate transforming the health system and its attributes towards advancing UHC, in close collaboration with WHO country offices.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Support the implementation, monitoring and periodic evaluation of joint regional and country level efforts on providing policy and technical support to countries towards UHC.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Develop summary and progress reports, technical briefers and other documents that are relevant to country level UHC work.

2. Generate evidence, share knowledge and strengthen strategic communication to inform actions for UHC

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Facilitate evidence generation and implementation research projects to guide UHC investments. This includes developing project proposals, robust literature review, research framework development, synthesis of multisource information, quantitative and qualitative data analysis and providing evidence-informed pragmatic recommendations that can be adapted by countries to address challenges in progressing UHC.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Support the roll out of projects on knowledge sharing platforms aimed at strengthening capacities of policy-makers and health programme implementers that will enable efficient and effective interventions to advance UHC

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Support on expanding, updating and continually improve activities for knowledge sharing and UHC advocacy such as webinars, short videos, etc., through digital and offline platforms that takes into consideration the Communication for Health (C4H) strategies

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Support the “branding” process for UHC team’s work in the Region and countries including visuals, taglines, messaging, and other advocacy collaterals. Develop and execute plans for information management and propose innovative platforms for efficient and systematic coordination across WHO in the Region

3. Collaboration and partnership to advance UHC beyond the health sector

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Conduct stakeholder analysis and develop strategies for effective partner management and resource mobilization

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Provide strategic advice and support in strengthening collaboration across WPRO divisions and WHO country offices in the Region to bring together programme agendas with UHC as foundation.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Support on global and regional initiatives on UHC and ensure alignment of direction of UHC team’s activities while taking account on countries own contexts and priorities.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·Build strategic partnerships and create opportunities for joint UHC work through networks of development organizations, civil societies, research institutions and the like, and draft relevant proposals, reports and templates as needed.


Educational qualifications:


<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Advanced university degree on public health, health policy, development communication, international relations, research or other related field relevant to any of the aforementioned key areas of work.


<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Doctorate degree on the listed fields above.



<-- [if supportLists]-->·A minimum of 5 years related professional experience in the field of UHC, health system and policies, or in any of the above listed expertise, demonstrated by the positions held and publications.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·A track record of independent, credible, and high-quality work that is fit to inform decision-making as demonstrated through leading projects of health interventions and representing the organization in strategic meetings.


<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Experience in leading teams of public health professionals at regional and/or national levels.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Experience of working in WHO, UN system or other International NGO will be an added advantage.

Skills and knowledge:

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Expert knowledge and skills in the application of evidence to policy and programme interventions in the context of Western Pacific Region demonstrated by work with senior policy-makers, participation in strategic dialogues, strategy development, government and multilateral projects, and roles in mentoring and relevant technical advisory boards.

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Extensive knowledge on any of the domains of public health, health system strengthening and policies at different regional and national levels .

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Language: Expert knowledge in English

Location: Onsite, Metro Manila, Philippines

Travel: The consultant is expected to travel to duty station and other countries in the region, if needed.


<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Band level B - USD 350 - 499 per day or USD 7,000 - 9,980 per month.

Livingallowance: Living allowance is payable to on-site consultants who are internationally recruited.

Expected duration of contract: 6 – 22 months

Notes about this roster:

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Updated stellis profile with brief CV and Cover letter, clearly articulating motivation to apply and suitability, and send a copy to

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->The inclusion in the expert Roster does not guarantee any immediate consultancies or jobs with WHO

<-- [if supportLists]-->·<--[endif]-->Remuneration is based on classified requirements of the ToRs with related academic and professional experience applied for the grade.

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
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  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
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  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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  • If your candidature is retained for 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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  • Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  • WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.
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  • The purpose of this vacancy is to develop a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in this advertised roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) upon conclusion of the selection process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently may be selected for consultancy assignments falling in this area of work or for similar requirements/tasks/deliverables. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee selection to a consultant contract. There is no commitment on either side.
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