Public Health Officer (Life course) (CPCP) At World Health Organization (WHO)

Admin Jobs May 20, 2024


CPCP Position


The Special Initiative on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Innovation (SNI) supports Member States in their work to free the WHO European Region from avoidable NCDs. SNI recognizes both the urgency for immediate action as well as the need for a visionary paradigm shift that puts NCDs higher on the political and health agendas for future generations. Therefore, SNI takes a dual-track approach, promoting accelerated progress toward the NCD-related SDG commitments for 2030 (RACE to the Finish) while simultaneously championing the key generational shifts required, to address NCDs within the permacrisis (Vision2050), and achieve a sustainably healthier European Region. SNI’s commitment is to support Member States to achieve a healthier population and to close the gap in NCDs including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes that persist within countries and across the Region. SNIis also charged with fostering Innovation in Public Health across the whole of the work of WHO in the European Region (not just for NCDs). SNI promotes an approach to innovation that is forward thinking and agile, institutionalizing innovation and adjusting to meet the changing needs of a vast region facing demographic, societal and environmental shifts, emergencies, and rapid technological advances. The work under this area includes supporting an ecosystem of innovators in health, matching innovative solutions with stated public health needs in countries, and pushing the envelope in trending areas such as the application of artificial intelligence to public health. WHO at country level delivers this through practical, actionable and country focused solutions to health challenges, keeping in perspective that achieving health and well-being is a whole-of-society endeavour; This is done through facilitating the implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement with the country and its corresponding workplan. The WHO Country Office maintains good working relations and ensures information exchange between the country and WHO, policy and strategic guidance on Health issues to all national and international partners in the country, provision of direct technical expertise when needed and aims at more community engagement and participation, and to promote health equity.



The life course programme exists to end preventable deaths and promote the survival, good health, and well-being throughout the life course of populations by ensuring universal access to quality, evidence-based, preventive, and life-saving interventions at all levels of the health care delivery system. Maintaining a multi-sectoral overview, the position will support and coordinate the country office’s interventions and activities in the life course(LC) programme area, ensuring the availability of technical expertise for guidance to the national authorities in the development and implementation of integrated programmes in one or more of the following life course areas: special programme on primary health care; health workforce; integrated health services; health systems governance and financing; sexual and reproductive health and research; maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing.

Key duties:

  • The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.
  •  Work under the direct supervision of the respective (Senior) Public Health Officer and/or the Head of the WHO country office.
  • Coordinate, and/or facilitate the delivery of technical and managerial advice to the government and national stakeholders in the development and implementation of sustainable, multisectoral and integrated strategies, policies, work programmes and plans, promoting optimal outcomes in one, several, or all of the constituent areas of life course: i.e., Special Programme on Primary Health Care; health workforce; integrated health services; health systems governance and financing; sexual and reproductive health and research; maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing.
  • Develop and monitor work plans and budgets, and follow up on the implementation of planned activities, in consultation with national counterparts.
  • Provide, or coordinate the provision of, technical advice, strategies, and policies for strengthening country capacity to implement, evaluate and monitor Universal health coverage/life course programmes including financing of the systems.
  • Monitor the national burden of life course diseases or factors especially through health information systems and health research activities.
  • Facilitate the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based norms, standards, guidelines and tools in the broad programme areas.
  • Guide the collection, analysis and documenting of best practices and partners’ experiences in life course programmes, anchored in national and subnational perspectives.
  • Serve as a national and technical resource concerning the multi-sectoral integration of programmes in life course and mainstreaming of cross-cutting themes, such as health equity, and the elimination of exclusion.
  • Develop or strengthen strategic partnerships in, and mobilize resources for, life course activities and interventions. Support the national authorities in grant implementation and reporting.
  •  Coordinate the development of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to foster community awareness and health practice in the life course area(s).




Essential: A university degree (bachelor’s) in public health or related disciplines.
Desirable: Post-graduate training or specialization in one or more of the following disciplines: primary health care; health workforce; integrated health services; health systems governance and financing; sexual and reproductive health and research; maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and ageing.



  • A minimum of five years of work experience relevant to the position (in developing and/or implementing public health, capacity-building policies/strategies, and programmes) at the national level.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in life course programme interventions.
  • Professional experience providing technical services to Member States and other partners in public health programmes in resource limited settings.


  • Experience with intergovernmental agencies, the United Nations System or WHO and knowledge of national partnerships and networks.
  • Prior experience in implementing life course surveillance systems in stable and emergency situations, research proposals and interpreting life course data.


  • Knowledge and skills in programme management, for the development and implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of successful public-health action plans, programmes, and interventions in one or more life course areas, i.e., Special Programme on Primary Health Care; Health Workforce; Integrated Health Services; Health Systems Governance and Financing; Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research; Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health & Ageing.
  • Knowledge, skills, and results in coordinating integrated, multi-sectoral, public-health programme interventions, taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders.
  •  Knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in life course will be an advantage Skills to work effectively with national and international colleagues and partners in capacity building in resource-limited contexts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including for reports, presentations, and technical documents.
  • Skills to advocate and communicate critical life course messages.
  • Emotional intelligence: ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same. Information technology (IT) and other skills: Proficiency in computers and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP)systems and cloud management enterprise systems such as Workday.


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment



  • Expert knowledge of English.
  • Expert knowledge of Turkish.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 44,726 (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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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.
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