Senior Public Health Specialist (Healthier populations) At World Health Organization (WHO)




IMPORTANT NOTE: This recruitment might be filled by using the Fast Track Process.


To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State’s health and development agendas, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.


The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required
•    Oversee technical and managerial coordination in the designated areas under the Universal Health Coverage/Healthier Populations portfolio (that is, environment, climate change and health; health promotion, social determinants of health and health equity; nutrition and food safety; tobacco and reduction of other noncommunicable disease risk factors; violence, injuries, or health and migration; demographic change and ageing), through a One-health approach, ensuring that the activities are carried out efficiently and effectively.
•    Directly provide and/or advance the coordination of technical expertise to advise the government and national stakeholders on the development of national strategies and policies and the formulation, management, and implementation of the respective disease prevention and health promotion work programme(s).
•    Lead and coordinate the adaptation and implementation of WHO evidence-based norms, standards, guidelines and tools in the broad programme areas.
•    Develop and monitor work plans and budgets, and follow up on the implementation of planned activities, in consultation with national counterparts.
•    Advance data analyses and knowledge, and information on best practices and partners’ experiences in healthier populations programmes.
•    Lead the mobilization and optimization of resources for the respective projects and programmes including through partnerships with donors and development partners (United Nations, other multilateral and bilateral organizations as well as nongovernmental organizations). Coordinate the engagement with UN partners and other stakeholders on matters relevant to the purpose of the position
•    Lead the development, coordination and implementation of programmes for capacity building in the respective areas of healthier populations and the management and financing of the systems.
•    Engage with other sectors beyond health that are key to healthier populations (environment, transport, agriculture, urban, energy, water, etc.) in order to identify and advance common objectives that improve people’s lives, health, and well-being.
•    Serve as a leading technical resource concerning the multisectoral integration of programmes in healthier populations and mainstreaming of cross-cutting themes (such as health equity, commercial determinants, urban health, or migration and health) and/or the use of behavioral sciences in implementing disease prevention and health promotion approaches.
•    Represent WHO in designated forums and function as a technical focal point for healthier populations’ programme areas.
•    Promote and establish new and innovative community outreach activities to facilitate the expansion of networks that advance and/or focus on healthier populations-related programmatic work.
•    Support the establishment of monitoring and surveillance systems and lead the collection of data and evidence in the areas of interest.




Essential: Advanced university degree (master’s level) in a relevant field (such as public health or another area relating to healthier populations’ programmatic work).
Desirable: Postgraduate training or specialization in health systems.


•    A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible work experience relevant to the position in developing and implementing public health, capacity-building policies/strategies and programmes) a significant part of this to have been obtained at an international level. A minimum of 4 years of experience in Healthier Population programmes.
•    Demonstrated professional experience working at the country and/or regional level providing technical advice and services to Member States and other partners on public health programmes.

Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained at an international level.


•    Knowledge of innovative approaches and solutions in healthier populations.
•    Knowledge and expertise in technical aspects of healthier populations systems development and management at country level.
•    Knowledge of the relevant country’s public-health needs, priorities, and policies Skills to develop and revise policies and objectives of assigned programme and activities.
•    Skills to facilitate consensus and achieve results in resource mobilization activities.
•    Excellent communication skills to author reports, technical documents, and deliver presentations for high level audiences.
•    Ability to integrate, synthesize and communicate complex, health-policy concepts and ideas.


*1) Teamwork 
*2) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences 
*3) Communication
4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
5) Producing results
*6) Creating an empowering and motivating environment



Essential: Expert knowledge of English Language. 
Desirable: Beginners knowledge of other UN languages.


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 92,731 (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. 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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
•    In the event 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.
•    Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and E-Manual.
•    The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics. 
The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its workforce . Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States ( are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to 
•    An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. 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 short-listed candidates.
•    WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
•    WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
•    The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
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•    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with WHO and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Candidates appointed to a fixed-term position in the Professional category with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
*For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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