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Health Cluster Coordinator needed at World Health Organization (WHO)



Health Cluster Coordinator needed at World Health Organization (WHO), May 6 2022



Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)
Position: Health Cluster Coordinator

Job Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Contract

Place of Work: Ethiopia

Salary: $8490/month

Application Deadline: May, 21/2022 



Job description



The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

The Programme seeks to promote and uphold the humanitarian and public health principles by leading a coordinated and effective health sector response together with the national and international community, with specific attention to vulnerable and marginalized populations, through effectuating WHO’s commitment to work within the framework of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and the cluster approach. The incumbent will be responsible for performing dedicated coordination, health needs assessment, strategy development and resource mobilization, supporting the implementation and, monitoring the joint incident management system and advocacy function.

An exceptional three-season drought sequence has struck the Eastern Horn of Africa due to the poor rains in October-December 2020 and March-May 2021 followed by an extremely dry October-December 2021 season. In Ethiopia, millions are estimated to be in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance affecting Somali region, Oromia and SNNP and southwest regions. To reduce excess morbidity and mortality resulting from the public health consequences of the drought-related humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, WHO will be working with the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopian Public Health Emergencies Institute (EPHI) and health partners to respond to this emergency while building on existing health sector development programmes, enhancing preparedness for further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, boosting capacities and integrating risk reduction and resilience building components to foster long-term development solutions to the crisis.


The Cluster Coordinator leads an inter-agency team in an environment that requires high standards of accountability and demonstrable leadership, coordination, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills, and in which the principles of partnership, collaboration and collective results are essential.

The health cluster coordinator plays a strong role in promoting agreed national and international standards in all areas of healthcare and strives for the best attainable health status for the populations served by the cluster. S/he identifies and engages with health sector stakeholders and utilizes existing coordination mechanisms, including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society; represents the health cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms and oversee the representation of the health cluster in other relevant sectors/clusters such as WASH, logistics, nutrition, protection, maintaining neutrality vis-a-vis all partners including WHO.


During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based on the technical needs of the Programme.

Needs assessment and gap analysis

1. Manage, coordinate and be the overall lead within the health cluster or at an inter-cluster level for rapid health needs assessments, as well as participatory assessments (multi-cluster/sector initial rapid assessments and humanitarian needs overviews, post-event risk assessment post-disaster/post-conflict needs assessment); be familiar with and ready to choose from existing tools to confirm that the health cluster covers all identified humanitarian health needs of the affected population.

2. Collect information from all health partners on Who’s Where, since and until When, doing What (4Ws), and regularly feed the database managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). Provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters.

Strategic planning

3. Lead the development, in cooperation with the health cluster members, of the health sector components of the humanitarian needs overview (HNO) and humanitarian response plan (HRP) as well as contingency planning for potential new events and other interagency planning, ensure proper linkages with the incident management system, disaster risk reduction, relief and recovery to complement national health sector preparedness/response plans.

4. Ensure full compliance with national and international norms and standards, and oversee that cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed in the health cluster response and implementation plans, considering the need for local adaptation.

5. Facilitate health partner coordination and involvement in health and other related sector assessments (e.g. nutrition, WASH), planning, information, interventions, monitoring and quality assurance, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population.

6. Identify urgent technical gaps and training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all health cluster partners; identify opportunities for capacity building in collaboration with partners.

7. Ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of “building back better” and specific risk reduction measures.

8. Convene and facilitate consultative and results-oriented meetings in line with the principles of partnership. Organize and conduct joint support missions to field operations.

9. Oversee the development of a functional Information Management strategy and mechanism for the health cluster to facilitate information sharing as well as monitoring and reporting; ensure that the health cluster produces and disseminates to partners, donors, government and other stakeholders regular updates, technical reports, bulletins and briefings on the health status of the affected people, response activities, resources mobilization, achievements, challenges and the remedial actions when necessary.

10. Support national (health system) capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in accordance with the IASC emergency response preparedness (ERP) approach and other related guidance.

Resource mobilization and funds allocation

11. Liaise and manage the development of resource mobilization efforts, oversee the initiation of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and other pooled fund proposals and other funding documents, as required, in close collaboration with the Head of the WHO Country Office, and in consultation with the health cluster partners and the humanitarian country team.

12. Establish clear and transparent prioritization criteria for vetting partners’ projects for inclusion in consolidated appeals and pooled funds processes.

Monitoring and evaluation

13. Coordinate the development, adaptation, and implementation of an indicators’ monitoring framework to ensure adequate implementation of the health cluster plans; empower partners’ active involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions. Promote peer exchange of experiences and lessons learned within the cluster partnership.


14. Identify core advocacy concerns for the Health Cluster through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy is conveyed to the RC/HC and humanitarian country team. Advocate for collective action, collective results, and collective accountability.

15. Represent the health cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at the country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multisectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned.

16. Advocate for priorities in the health sector, including protection for health workers and health facilities and the highest possible integration of health-related activities in the humanitarian agenda.

Perform any other cluster-related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.




Required Qualifications




  • First university degree in public health, medicine, international health, Management or social sciences or related field.


  • Specialized training in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.



  • At least five years of relevant experience at the national and international level, in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships in emergency and humanitarian relief operations, including experience in managing and coordinating health programs in chronic and acute, sudden-onset emergencies.


  • Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, and relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN specialized agencies, donor agencies, and national and international NGOs.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in disaster prevention and preparedness programmes and the incident management system.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.

WHO Competencies

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Producing Result
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills


  • Excellent knowledge of English.

Other Skills (e.g. IT Skills)

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications. Excellent presentation skills.


Remuneration – This is a Consultant contract at P3 Level, with a monthly remuneration of $ 8490

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

If 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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