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Team Lead (Health Systems Governance)
World Health Organization (WHO)
AF/ULC Universal Health Coverage/Life Course
P5 Chief and Senior Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Closing soon: 26 Apr 2024
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Posted 2 months ago
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The overall objective of the of the HSG Programme is to support Member States in the WHO African Region to establish appropriate governance structures and develop and implement policies, strategies and plans for strengthening their health systems and for implementing the primary health care approach towards universal health coverage. The Programme develops comprehensive and costed national health policies, and strategies that enable effective implementation of the PHC approach, and builds institutional capacities for effective health sector governance that contribute to improved accessto quality health services and financial risk protection, and for reforming health institutions. It also advocates for, and supports countries in institutionalizing inclusive, participatory and whole-of-society approaches that are accountable and transparent, including strengthening the capacity of the private sector andenhancing community engagement. The Programme also strengthens partnerships for the harmonization and alignment of actors and resources in the formulation and implementation of national actionplans for health security and national health strategies; and promotes and leads the coordination of strategic planning, reviews and evaluations across programmes in the UHC/LC Cluster and in collaboration with other clusters. The goal is to enable countries in the WHO African Region to ensure evidence-basedpolicies 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:

  1. Provide vision and guidance for WHO's work in Health Strategies and Governance in the African Region including, leading the HSG Programme and coordinate the development of regional HSG policies, strategies, programmes and activities in collaboration with other WHO technical clusters, and partners, in an integrated manner in the context of Universal Health Coverage, ensuring people-centred approaches across the life course to address the priority health problems of different population sub-groups;
  2. Develop and manage the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HSG workplans 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 HSG Team;
  3. Provide leadership to and manage the HSG 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;
  4. Drive the team members' collaboration with other clusters and programmes to ensure that HSG interventions are integrated in strategies on universal health coverage, primary health care, sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, and ageing, communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases programmes;
  5. Oversee the provision of coordinated support for the adaptation and implementation of the WHO policies and strategies on health sector governance, and related service delivery models at primary care level, including the development of national protocols and guidelines for their integrated management;
  6. 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 health sector governance, including the development and implementation of costed national health sector development plans;
  7. Facilitate the sourcing and provision of expert technical assistance to country HSG programmes, including promoting the use of technical resource networks and leveraging in-country institutional capacities to enhance sustainability;
  8. 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 health sector governance and structures at all levels;
  9. In collaboration with the Assistant Regional Directors' cluster, identify research needs and priorities aimed at improving health sector governance at country level, including promotion and strengthening of research capabilities, and support the addition of new knowledge and technologies into country health systems;
  10. Oversee the collaborative and proactive support to countries in the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies to facilitate reporting on trends in health systems performance and on progress towards regional and national HSG targets, including promoting the dissemination of lessons learned and good practices;
  11. Support the Cluster Director in communicating the achievements and results of the work of the HSG Programme; in collaboration with the Communication and Programme Budget Monitoring Units;
  12. Facilitate resource mobilization for the UHC/LC Cluster by using innovative strategies for resource mobilization, targeting traditional and new donors in collaboration with other technical clusters, External Relations, Partnerships and Governing Bodies Team and WCOs;
  13. Provide expertise and technical advice to the Regional Director, the Cluster Director and Senior Management in the areas of Health Strategies and Governance;
  14. Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: Advanced degree in Medicine with a graduate degree in public health or social sciences, or health policy planning and management.
Desirable: PhD in either public health or social sciences, or health policy planning and management; Post-graduatetraining in health systems development and global health.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years' relevant experience - at national and international levels - in health sector planning, with sound experience in management or technical assistance in a governmental institution or international organization. Experience required in resource-constrained countries in the field of health policies, strategies,and governance development.
Desirable: Experience in health sector assessments, analysis and report writing.


  • Globally respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in public health- HSG, with broad, practical knowledge of related programmes, policies and strategies and their application in developing and developed countries;
  • Demonstrated skills in health planning and management combined with expertise in health policy, strategies and governance as related to the implementation of Global Health Initiatives, and health systems and services strengthening at the regional and country levels;
  • Extensive HSG-specificand 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 programme, including the implementation of a public health/disease control programme;
  • Excellent skills in using innovative strategies for resource mobilization and targeting traditional and new donors;
  • Ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources;
  • Strong capabilities in relationship building with core implementing partners and in developing strong working relationships in HSG within WHO teams and with other key partners;
  • Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, donors, country governments, partners, and media.

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Producing results
  5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge of the other language.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
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 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, and currently amounts to USD 4003 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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