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Regional Coordinator – World Health Organization (WHO)

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Regional Coordinator – World Health Organization (WHO), September 30 2022
Organization: World Health Organization  (WHO)
Position: Regional Coordinator
Duty Stations – Addis Ababa (for Oromia), Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Mekelle, Jijiga and Gambella
Schedule: Full Time
Contractual Arrangement:Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year
Date of Announcement: Sep 30, 2022, 10:56:56 AM
Deadline: Nov 1, 2022, 1:59:00 AM


Job description

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Within the context of the Universal Health Coverage-Life Course and Emergency Preparedness and Response Clusters, the purpose of the position is to improve the coordination and collaboration of World Health Organization support for health system strengthening with a focus on primary health care and health system resilience, and preparedness and response to emergencies.

The objective is the provision of technical assistance to Member States to improve equitable access to quality health services throughout the life-course at an affordable cost, including a focus on building health system resilience and coordinating WHO ‘s preparedness and response to emergencies.

  • To coordinate the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the regional priorities in line with the MOH’s Health Sector Transformation Plan II, WHO Country Cooperation Strategy and Biennial Plan;
  • To facilitate and support partnership and resource mobilization for the health development agenda  at regional level;
  • To provide technical advice and support the implementation of emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery work plans
  • To improve the visibility of the organization through advocacy and communication;
  • To manage and administer WHO human, financial and material resources at the field level



Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative (WR) and direct supervision of Field Hubs Lead at central level, the Regional Coordinator performs the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Technical Support and Coordination
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of WHO regional support team (technical and administration staff) with a specific focus on strengthening health systems and emergency preparedness and response in the assigned region
  • Facilitate information sharing and cross-cutting programme support using the Primary Health Care (PHC) approach, including support for health emergencies, Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) and planning
  • Liaise with the RHBs in identification of emerging support needs and discuss with respective clusters on appropriate responses
  • Participate in and contribute to the development of the WCO/Ethiopia biennial plan
  • Facilitate and coordinate the preparation and implementation of the WCO integrated regional annual action plan
  • Facilitate WHO’s contribution to regional United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) planning and monitoring activities as well as joint programs like the Developing Regional States (DRS).

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  1. Partnership and Resource Mobilization
  • Strengthen/facilitate the establishment of health partnership including UN agencies and others (international/local partners, universities, private and civil societies organizations) at regional level and ensure regular participation
  1. Monitoring and Reporting
  • Facilitate and participate in regional planning, monitoring and evaluation fora
  • Provide technical and administrative reports on monthly basis to the Country Office
  • Participate in annual planning and review meetings of technical clusters in the WCO
  1. Advocacy and Communication
  • Provide input to the WCO Communication Strategy implementation including contribution to the monthly newsletter bulletin on key activities in the regions
  • Support Health System Strengthening efforts of the WHO at the Regional Level.
  1. Other Duties
  • Act as a regional security focal point for WCO/Ethiopia

Perform any other duties as requested by supervisors.

  1. Deliverables
  • Integrated WHO biennium plan 
  • Integrated region-specific annual action plan
  • Monthly progress report and regular updates on emergency situations
  • Minutes of co-ordination meetings of WHO Regional Support Team
  • Inputs for WCO monthly newsletter and advocacy materials 
  1. Performance Management and Reporting Lines
  • The global performance management tool (PMDS) will be used to evaluate the performance of the regional support team.



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Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or public health or health-related field from an acredited/recognized insitution.

Desirable: Master’s Degree level (or above) in health systems or program management


Essential: A minimum of 7 years work experience in public health with emphasis in health system strengthening, especially primary health care and/or emergency preparedness and response.

Desirable: Experience in management and coordination of health-related programs/projects and/or emergency response will be an added advantage. Experience in a United Nations organization


Technical expertise in public health and health systems, program management and coordination of health program, especially as it relates to health planning, health service delivery, health financing, monitoring and evaluation, surveillance and epidemiological investigations; and ability to supervise and mentor others.

WHO Competencies:

  1. Producing results
  2. Communication in a credible and effective way
  3. Knowing and managing yourself
  4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English.

Desirable: Knowledge of the local languge of the duty station and other UN Languages.



Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 35,812.00 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.



  • Duty stations – Multiple location (Addis Ababa (for Oromia), Bahir Dar, Gambella, Hawassa, Jijiga, Mekelle)
  • Candidates should indicate their preferred duty station in the letter of their application
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • 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.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values 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 World Health Organization workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to World Health Organization 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 final candidates
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted.
  • World Health Organization has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
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