World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is building a better, healthier future for people all over the world.


Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.

WHO strives to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease.

WHO helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. They ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.

Their goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.


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Role purpose

Unit Head HQ/FCV Humanitarian Intervention Role Profile

The purpose of the position is to provide senior technical expertise and cross-cutting programme coordination and management in health interventions in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings (FCV) within the Department of Health Emergency Interventions (HEI) broadening the scope of the Department's programme area of work in its respective field of expertise. The Unit Head positions the work of health in FCVs and will coordinate and create new policies and strategies to address global needs. The Unit Head provides senior technical leadership in its specialized area of expertise and ensures the coordination of the programme area of work across the three levels of the Organization.


Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The WHE Response division (WRE) is responsible for rapidly detecting and responding to health emergencies while leveraging relevant national and international partnerships, ensuring that emergency-affected populations in acute and protracted emergencies have access to essential health services and that systems are maintained and strengthened in fragile, conflict and vulnerable settings while implementing at scale, proven prevention strategies for priority pandemic/epidemic-prone diseases. The HEI Department is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services, ranging from humanitarian interventions, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Fragile, Vulnerable and Conflict Affected Settings (FCVs) to key high impact epidemic diseases including Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs), Yellow Fever, Meningitis and Cholera. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.


Organizational context

Reporting to and under the general guidance of the Director HEI the position provides technical leadership and coordination in health and health interventions in FCVs to ensure efficient management of a technical unit in developing the technical policy and guidance in the Department's work on FCVs to achieve the programme objectives in line with the Mission of the Organization. The Coordinator will build technical partnerships with UN Agencies, Donor institutions, counterparts in Ministries of Health in Member States and other, cutting-edge research institutions and other stakeholders.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and provides senior technical leadership in establishing new approaches, evidence-based policies and strategies, surveillance, and capacity building initiatives for implementation across Regional and Country Office programmes in the respective area of work.
  • Provides senior-level health technical expertise and advice to the Director and Senior Management in the area of health in FCVs on the development and establishment of new health strategies and policies for implementation into and/or the monitoring and evaluation of national and global policies.
  • Ensures effective coordination, management, and accountability of the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a diverse team of technical experts, financial resources and effective work plan coordination to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization
  • Ensures the coordination and management of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department's area of work of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Department deliverables
  • Serves as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and the peer community on the health in FCVs
  • Builds technical partnerships with other UN Agencies, Donors, research institutions and other stakeholders in the health in FCVs to position the technical area of work and implementation into respective policies
  • Represent the programme area of work in global fora and capacity building activities
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned


Qualifications and Experience


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Driving the Organization to a Successful Future
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment


Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Strong understanding and skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media.
  • Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.
  • Globally-respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in health in FCVs.
  • Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.



  • Essential: An advanced university degree in Public Health related to the functions of the position.
  • Desirable: PhD in Public health or any related degree is highly desirable.



  • Essential: A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in the management of health in FCVs, including experience providing senior-level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision-makers.
  • Experience managing human and financial resources.
  • Experience in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience at the international level.
  • Field experience in managing complex health programmes in FCVs.
  • Desirable: Experience with a range of organizations, including UN and NGOs.



  • Expert Knowledge in English and French are required.
  • Knowledge of another WHO official language will be an asset.


Other Skills

  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Good skills in office packages, and ERP based systems


Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with a fixed term contract of two years. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience to a P6 UN Level. A staff pension fund, staff health insurance, accident and illness insurance, voluntary group life insurance (optional) are included in the benefits package.


Role Location: Geneva, Switzerland


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recet English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].


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