Technical Officer (Health Economics & Health Planning)
World Health Organization (WHO)
SE/HSD Department of Health Systems Development
Close on 19 Jul 2020
Location: New Delhi (India)
Grade: P3, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description


Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a key target within the Sustainable Development Goal for Health, and one of three major goals in WHO's new 5 year Global Programme of Work, which has a target of one billion more people with UHC by 2023. Much of the progress towards that global target depends on accelerating progress in the South-East Asia Region. UHC has been a SEAR regional flagship since 2014. Helping Member States advance towards UHC requires improving their understanding about the concept itself, and also their knowledge of ways to overcome the challenges involved in ensuring people get the health care they need, without incurring financial hardship. Within SEARO, the Department of Health System Development is responsible for leading the work on UHC.


In order to support this mandate, the main objectives of the HEP unit are:

  • Provide technical assistance/ backstopping to SEAR Member States and WHO country offices in health policy and health financing related issues, helping them strengthen their health systems in the route towards UHC;

  • Provide training on UHC related matters, increasing local capacity for policy-making;

  • Support the production of health financing related public goods;


Under the overall guidance of Director, HSD and day to day supervision of RA-HEP, the incumbent will contribute to the following unit outputs/ activities:

  • Support Member States policy-making processes in relation to strategic purchasing (40%):

  • Planning Legislation on health Reforms (cross-sectoral, public finance management, decentralization) Review and development of strategic documents and national policies;

  • Financing Health financing strategy development Provider payment mechanism reforms Benefit package design and implementation Public Private Partnership


  • Co-facilitate regional events, including but not limited to (20%)


  • Production of WHO public goods (30%):

  • Support TIP HEP in production of National Health Accounts of SEAR countries, including disease classification use expansion;

  • Research on health financing: manage follow up with WHO collaborating centers and contributing to generate regional intelligence on health financing;

  • Global reporting follow up, including SDGs related reporting and WHO workplans;


  • Administration requirements (10%)


  • Submit an assignment report on completion of assignment (mandatory)



Essential: Medical or social sciences graduate degree (economics, statistics, sociology or similar).

Desirable: Master Degree in health policy, public health, health financing or similar areas of work.



Essential: At least 5 years' experience in national level health policy making in low and middle income countries, including some years of international experience.

Desirable: Experience in health financing research. Experience in producing, health budget analysis, provider payment mechanisms reforms, health facilities costing studies and national health accounts.


Functional Knowledge and Skills

Health Planning: It is important that the candidate has been exposed to health sector policy-making at different levels. He/She has to be familiar with the Universal Health Coverage concept and on how to analyze health systems.


Health budgeting/ costing: knowledge of health facilities costing tools. Knowledge of provider payment mechanisms in purchasing scheme setting.


Health financing analysis: Experience in producing National Health Accounts, health budget analysis and similar.


Monitoring: He/she must be familiar with the monitoring frameworks, their design and implementation.


WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork

  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

  3. Communication

  4. Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Proficiency in use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and relevant web-based literature search engines.



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 60,962 (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, and currently amounts to USD 1671 per month for the duty station indicated above. 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 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • *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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