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Team Lead (Climate Change, Health & Environment)
World Health Organization (WHO)
AF/UHP Universal Health Coverage/Healthier Population
Grade: P5, Chief and Senior Professional
Job Expired 5 Oct 2021
Added 1 month ago
Job Description


The overall objective of the Programme is to provide leadership and action in enabling Member States in the WHO African Region to reduce the morbidity, mortality and disability associated with the major environmental hazards to health and risks to communities, including climate change, poor air quality, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, chemicals and toxic wastes towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Programme builds and strengthens strategic partnerships with global and regional partners, for synergy and harmonization of strategies and approaches to enhance the capacity of Member States to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate multi-sectoral, integrated, evidence-based, and people-centered policies, strategies and plans to increase regional and country awareness of the threats of climate change and other environmental risk factors to human health, and to mobilize support to mitigate their negative impact. It supports countries to plan and implement initiatives in promoting water safety, improved hygiene and sanitation and sound management of hazardous chemicals and toxic wastes. The Programme also supports countries to develop and implement Health National Adaptation Plans (HNAPs) to climate change and early-warning and response systems for climate-sensitive diseases within the wider context of integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR). It also enables public-health emergency operations to address environmental health hazards on a timely basis and socio-cultural and economic conditions, influencing the process of responses, through risk communication and social-sciences research relevant to health hazards. In addition, the Programme ensures that all relevant sectors adequately address risks to, and other determinants of, health with enabling resources by engaging in partnerships and mobilizing resources with relevant state and non-state actors and networks. The goal is to enable countries in the WHO African Region to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high-quality, integrated, health services, increase the coverage and quality of effective interventions, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies and interventions.


The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:--> Lead the CHE Programme and coordinate the development of regional CHE policies, strategies, programmes and activities in collaboration with other WHO technical clusters, and partners, in an integrated manner in the context of UHC. This involves, inter alia, collaborating with other UHP teams to integrate climate and health concerns in the promotion of healthy settings; working with the EPR Cluster to integrate climate-sensitive diseases and environmental hazards in emergency preparedness and response plans; working with the ULC Cluster on WASH and waste management in health facilities as part of improving quality of health services; working with the UCN Cluster on promotion of healthy environments to control vector-borne and other infectious diseases;--> Develop and manage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of CHE work plans and budgets within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financial rules and AFRO accepted procedures, while promoting integration of similar intervention in the CHE Team;--> Provide leadership to and manage the CHE staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development and engagement, promoting a culture of working across boundaries, while promoting the principles of integrity, equity, value for money and a respectful workplace in accordance with the Organization's policies, rules, procedures, and values;--> Drive the team members' collaboration with other clusters and programmes to ensure that respective interventions are integrated in strategies on universal health coverage, primary health care, sexual and reproductive health, and communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases programmes;--> Oversee the provision of coordinated support for the adaptation and implementation of WHO policies and strategies on CHE and related service delivery models at primary care level, including the development of national protocols and guidelines for their integrated management;--> Oversee the development and implementation of regional and country capacity-building policies, strategies and approaches towards the implementation of best practices on all aspects of CHE, while focusing on the major environmental hazards to health and risks to communities, including safe drinking-water, adequate sanitation and hygiene promotion;--> Facilitate the sourcing and provision of expert technical assistance to country CHE programmes, including promoting the use of technical resource networks and leveraging in-country institutional capacities to enhance sustainability;--> Conduct high level advocacy and policy dialogue and establish/strengthen partnerships, including with academia, professional associations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions, for the harmonization and alignment of actors and resources in the formulation and implementation of national action plans, as an integral part of strengthened and resilient national health systems, in order to improve access to quality CHE services at all levels;--> Identify research needs and priorities aimed at improving universal access to CHE services at country level, including promotion and strengthening of research capabilities, and support the addition of new knowledge and technologies into country health systems;--> Oversee the collaborative and proactive support to countries in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies to facilitate reporting on progress towards regional and national CHE targets, including promoting the dissemination of lessons learned and good practices; and providing technical inputs into the global surveys and reports;--> Support the Cluster Director in communicating the achievements and results of the work of the CHE Programme; in collaboration with the Communication and Programme Budget Management Units;--> Contribute to resource mobilization for the UHC/HP Cluster's programmes, including but not limited to drafting proposals and proactively participating in resource mobilization campaigns, in collaboration with other technical clusters, External Relations, Partnerships and Governing Bodies and WHO Country Offices;--> Provide expertise and technical advice to the Regional Director, the Cluster Director and Senior Management in the areas of environmental hazards to health and risks to communities, including climate change, poor air quality, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, chemicals and toxic wastes.--> Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: Advanced degree in either Environmental health, Public Health, Environmental/Civil/Sanitary engineering or Environmental science/management.


Essential: --> A minimum of 10 years' experience - at national and international levels - in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating environmental health strategies, policies and programmes;--> Experience in the design and management of environmental health programmes, and research studies;--> Experience with building relationships with intergovernmental agencies, the UN System or WHO;--> Experience in implementing programmes or initiatives and managing issues around climate change, Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and/ or chemicals management
Desirable: Work experiences that are diverse, incorporating private sector, NGOs, other UN, or governmental Health related agencies will be an advantage.


--> Globally respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in public health- Climate Change, Health and Environment, with broad, practical knowledge of related programmes, policies and strategies and their application in developing and developed countries;--> Extensive CHE-specific and programmatic knowledge of large-scale Public Health programmes, and integrated monitoring & evaluation approaches;--> Proven leadership skills in the planning, management, and coordination of a large, multidisciplinary, international, public-health programmes, including the implementation of a public health/disease control programme;--> Proven capacity to achieve high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget; --> Strategic thinker with the ability to analyse and integrate diverse and complex, quantitative, and qualitative data from a wide range of critical sources; --> Demonstrated ability to provide clear direction and technical, authoritative advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners;--> Excellent skills in resource mobilization and in managing diverse teams and financial resources;--> Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, donors, country governments, partners, and media.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 89,837 (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 4874 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.


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