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25 May 2019

Technical Officer 

Job Description

Technical Officer – (1902435)

Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: 2 years (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)
Job Posting: May 21, 2019, 3:03:34 PM
Closing Date: Jun 12, 2019, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Djibouti-Djibouti
Organization: EM_DJI WHO Representative’s Office, Djibouti
Schedule: Full-time

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The programme will assist the Government and the Country Office to:
–> Develop and implement robust national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSP) and health financing strategies/reform plans aiming at increasing coverage with needed health services, financial risk protection and health equity.
–> Increase technical and institutional capacities, knowledge and information for health systems and services strengthening and related policy dialogue.
–> Strengthen country processes, as well as, where appropriate, aid effectiveness in line with the principles of the International Health Partnership (IHP+).
–> Provide technical guidance for moving towards UHC, through identifying challenges, barriers to access to quality health care services and opportunities to overcome those barriers for increasing integrated people-centred health services.
–> Build the capacity of the health workforce for delivery of a defined packages of services based on family practice approach that meets the expectations of the population.
–> Build the capacity in the country for effectively implementing essential public health functions including health promotion and prevention.
–> Coordinate operations to ensure the timely delivery, effective and efficient implementation of the activities, in the Health System Workplan and others (Communicable diseases, Non-Communicable diseases, Healthy life course and Preparedness, surveillance and response)
–> Manage the programme and collaborate with other team members on all aspects of the implementation of technical plans.

1. Be the primary staff responsible for the timely implementation of WCO workplan activities related to UHC and reporting related to programme areas.
2. Provide technical guidance to the stakeholders and partners on the development of the new NHPSP 2018-2022 through an inclusive policy dialogue process towards an increased coverage with needed health services, financial risk protection and health equity.
3. Strengthen the M&E systems of NHPSP and oversee the annual health sector reviews and use of evidence in decision making.
4. Strengthen the health financing systems, through designing and implementation of health financing reforms to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable people.
5. Establish standards for the design, organization and functional health programming and operation of health systems based on primary health care, supporting universal health coverage, integrated health and pharmaceutical services networks including hospitals, integrated reproductive maternal, newborn and child health, public health infrastructure and services.
6. Analyze, assess and identify current health inequities and target the inclusion of vulnerable groups to ensure equitable access to quality health services.
7. Develop and maintain building capacity programmes to train human resources in health aimed at increasing the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of the workforce; organize, conduct, or facilitate capacity-building activities.
8. Ensure inclusion of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response systems in NHPSP to strengthen the capacity at country level with a view to implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR) as the legal, regulatory and institutional framework for planning and monitoring disease surveillance and response activities.
9. Lead the development and consolidation of the health information system to assist in the decision-making processes; provide information on the health situation, status and trends pertaining to the effective and efficient management of health and pharmaceutical services.
10. Establish monitoring and evaluation mechanisms on country level procedures to follow agreed harmonization and alignment of health aid with national health plans, consolidated with the seven behaviors defined through the IHP+.
11. Advise and collaborate on the development, implementation, and evaluation of technical cooperation programmes in the area of UHC and others workplans (Communicable diseases, Non-Communicable diseases, Healthy life course and Preparedness, surveillance and response).
12. Promote the patient-centred integrated health services initiative and develop an effective plan based on primary health care for Djibouti, including the definition and costing of essential service packages.
13. Provide technical expertise for the implementation of the GAVI health system strengthening support to Djibouti.
14. Provide technical guidance on UHC aspects and input required to support other WCO workplan activities that are meant to strengthen priority public health programs.
15. Establish an accountable an evidence-informed multisectoral policy and operational plan for noncommunicable diseases in the context of the PHC strategy.
16. Provide technical guidance on the collection of information, analyses required to monitor delivery of health services and progress towards UHC with a specific emphasis on maternal and child health.
17. Liaise with health partners and stakeholders on strengthening essential public health functions primarily focusing on promotion and prevention but also in the areas of health protection and surveillance.
18. Ensure timely submission of and provide guidance on country office programme planning with budget and HR work planning exercises, providing the WR with advice on attainment of programme objectives and execution.
19. Guide substantively the Head of WHO Country Office in all aspects of programme management of the existing activity workplans as one of the country office Programme Management (PME) focal point and officer in charge (OIC) in absence of the Head of WHO Country Office.
20. Perform any other tasks related to Universal Health Coverage in Djibouti assigned by WR.


Essential: First University degree in medicine or pharmacy, with a Master’s degree in Public Health or in health systems related area

Essential: Minimum 7 years of experience at the national and international levels in policy, planning, managing or developing health systems including at least 3 years of experience in low- or middle-income countries and in promoting collaborative partnership.
Desirable: Experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or INGOs.

–> Excellent skills in assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of the national health systems.
–> Proven skills in policy development, planning, monitoring and evaluating health systems.
–> Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team.
–> Demonstrated communication, presentation and writing skills.
–> Sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in health system.
–> Ability to provide sound methodological and technical advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners
–> Ability to analyze political contexts, interact and negotiate effectively with multiple interests at the political level.
–> Ability to work effectively with the Ministry of Health and with stakeholders at the country level, as well as with the regional, inter-country and staff at country level.
–> Ability to plan, analyze data and design studies.
–> Ability to monitor and communicate progress in terms of process and results in reference to the UHC partnership.
–> Demonstrated ability to innovate, integrate, synthesize and communicate complex concepts and ideas verbally and in writing.
WHO Competencies

WHO global Competencies model at

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. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of Arabic.


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 72,637 (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 2742 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.
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Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.


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