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The Country Cooperation and Collaboration unit (CCU) promotes and contributes to the Organization's wider efforts to strengthen WHO's country focus and achieve the organizational objective of responding better to country needs, especially in the context of WHO reform at country level. The programme ensures the development, use and monitoring of high-quality country cooperation strategies that address not only national and health development priorities but also the regional and global mandates and agreements to which countries have committed. It analyses data on the political, technical, managerial and administrative aspects of WHO's country operations, provides strategic information to foster integrated country focused technical cooperation, contributes to efficient and effective country presence and supports the collaboration with United Nations Agencies, and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). It promotes the involvement of WHO country offices and the countries themselves in the essential functions of the Organization. It contributes to assessment of the Organization's performance at country level, highlights and shares country and sub-regional achievements and lessons learnt and promotes cooperation among countries for health development.

Description Of Duties

1- Provide policy, strategic and programmatic advice to the senior management of strengthening country level strategic cooperation, and its impact, in the context of the SDGs, GPW 13, EMR Vision 2023 and WHO transformation.

2- Lead both internally and externally strategic dialogues for implementing the country functional reviews recommendations, designing and advocating for strategies and mechanisms to enhance WCOs capacities for leadership and strategic planning and cooperation ensuring they become and evolve as fit for purpose.

3- Build a network with HQ team in charge of Country Strategy and Support as well as with the regional CSUs teams, sharing experiences and knowledge and contributing to the global initiatives aiming to enhance WHO's presence and countries' efforts and programs and to achieve the 2030Agenda for Sustainable development and the SDGs.

4- Promote an integrated regional approach aiming for coherent technical cooperation with countries through the coordination of country missions from the regional office, monitoring implementation of post-missions' actions and ensuring linkages with relevant teams at the regional level especially the linkages between CCS, CFRs and the CSPs and biennium plans and programme budgets under PME.

5- Overcome silo-approaches by drawing on creating synergies in programme delivery, analysing gaps, overlaps as well as opportunities, develop respective workable approaches, and assume accountability for matrixed solutions by integrating the country offices with the technical, managerial and administrative units in the Regional Office, to jointly deliver a more coherent approach to the health/technical priorities of the member states.

6- Stimulate and guide pertinent research, monitoring and evaluation and oversee the production and dissemination of relevant strategic information, sharing experiences of successful practices and lessons learnt in strengthening country strategic programs and their alignment with national health development objectives for both internal and external stakeholders.

7- Establish policies, plans, strategies and budgets in support of country focus, cooperation among countries for health development, and WHO technical cooperation.

8- Identify, promote, establish, maintain and coordinate actions across and within WHO, with other United Nations organizations (through the Programme Support Group and other mechanisms) and with other partners.

9- Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, and plan of the Country Cooperation and Collaboration Unit, focusing on results-based planning and management, and ensuring alignment with WHO's policies and strategies, in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results.

10- Manage the financial, logistic and staff resources of the unit; prepare and justify programme and budget proposals; define staffing needs, including organizational structure, competencies, and terms of reference to facilitate efficient and effective performance; initiate and recommend approval of personnel actions for unit staff and monitor and evaluate the achievements of the unit's agreed results.

11- Collaborate closely with other technical units to optimize performance of the deliverables.

Required Qualifications


Essential: An advanced university degree (Master's degree) in Medicine, Public Health, Health Systems, or other health-related fields.

Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential: At least 15 years of combined national and international senior experience related to health and organizational development, including experience providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decisionmakers, as well as experience in developing and establishing health/technical policies and strategies.

Desirable: At least 5 years' experience at country level with WHO or other UN agencies at senior/managerial level and/or cooperation with UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.


  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies.
  • Proven leadership, good judgement, tact and negotiation skills to maintain good working relationships and dialogue with officials and advisers, both within and outside WHO.
  • Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners.
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Producing results

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate 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 106,023 (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 3137 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.

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line through Stellis. For assessment of your application, please ensure that: 1 -Your profile on Stellis is properly completed and updated. 2- All required details regarding your qualifications, education, training and experience are provided under relevant sections. 3- Your experience records are properly entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.
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  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
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The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States (


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Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to


  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
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Contractual Arrangement

Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days)

2 years (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)

Job Posting

Dec 4, 2023, 10:07:03 AM

Closing Date

Dec 26, 2023, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location



EM/RDO Office of The Regional Director



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