National Professional Officer, WHO Country Office

Grade: NO-B

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 12 months: 

Job Posting: Dec 18, 2019, 11:27:28 AM

Closing Date: Jan 8, 2020, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Moldova, Republic of-Chisinau

Organization: EU_MDA WHO Country Office, Republic of Moldova

Schedule: Full-time


All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right.

All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work.

The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable.

The GPW13 calls for heightened accountability, prioritizing impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to develop in the WHO European Region the strategic capacity to assist Member States to design, establish and promote comprehensive health and health systems policies; to enable countries to benefit from international experience in reforming their health systems and public health services stressing quality, accessibility and efficient use of resources. The Division contributes to the development and promotion of the European Health Policy and National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies, and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of health systems governance, financing, organization, service delivery and resource generation, in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.

The WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening (Barcelona GDO) is a part of the Division of Health System and Public Health and contributes to the above objectives under the guidance of the Director of the Division. It hosts the Health Financing (HFI) programme of the Division and focuses on providing technical support to Member States on health financing policy for universal health coverage and health systems strengthening through analysis and capacity building to improve decision making processes and related institutional development. Its objective is to promote better performing health systems by applying a comprehensive, functionally coherent and results-oriented approach in the implementation of the 13th General Programme of Work Outcome 1: Strengthened health systems in support of universal health coverage without financial hardship, including equity of access based on gender, age, income, and disability. The HFI programme is to foster development of equitable and efficient forms of health financing that enable countries to sustain progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The programme is responsible for monitoring financial protection in the European Region based on regional and global mandates including the monitoring of the SDG target of 3.8 on UHC. The Barcelona GDO has an established portfolio of training activities (WHO courses on health financing for universal health coverage and health systems strengthening) which contribute to capacity building across all countries of the European Region and supports the country-specific technical work in Member States as agreed in the biennial collaborative agreements and country cooperation strategies.

The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO’s principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the GPW13 and particularly BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system, facilitates policy dialogue and provides technical support as necessary. The WHO country office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.


The purpose of the post is to actively support the country work and BCA (Biennial Collaborative Agreement) through the implementation of the core and project related activities – including preparatory processes and gathering background information from country, supporting missions and other means to deliver results, follow-up on agreements, changes and developments and actively participate in WHO related country level activities. This is within the overall vision of outlined in Health 2020 adopted by the Regional Committee.

Key duties:

1. To support the effective implementation of WHO activities related to strengthening the stewardship, health financing, service delivery functions of the health system, as programmed in the Biannual Collaborative Agreement (BCA), including activities on health sector coordination financed through various donor agreements.

2. To organize or assist in receiving, giving functional shelter, channelling and supporting all types of WHO presence, visits and missions in the country.

3. To support and contribute to identification of areas for collaboration with the country, capacity building needs, priority health areas to be addressed by the BCA and projects, and to provide relevant technical support in health system strenghtening, health sector coordination and intersectoral issues for health (in collaboration with colleagues as needed).

4. To collect information, analyse, prepare and contribute in a regular and timely manner to various types of materials, reports and situation analyses related to health system and coordination needs in the country (both at Country Office and Regional Office level).

5. To assist and contribute in certifying the correct, high technical quality, policy relevant and timely implementation of all tasks and activities carried out under the donor financed initiatives or in agreed partnerships with partners at country level.

6. To support Ministry and other partners in developing, implementing and evaluating national strategies and policies on improving health system performance and health sector coordination through sector wide approaches both at national and sub-national level.

7. To prepare and contribute to the missions of WHO staff and external consultants addressing specialized programme areas, addressed by the Project and monitor and follow-up their recommendations.

8. To link with institutions and associations concerned with health sector development, including non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies for exchange of information in evaluation of health system’s performance and coordination of activities, including the implementation of sector wide approaches.

9. To support the project implementation team and the other staff in the country office in their development and back them up when needed, to ensure a smooth and efficient implementation of BCA.



Essential: University degree (Bachelor’s level) in medicine, public health, social and political sciences or economics.
Desirable: Master’s degree or postgraduate training in any of the above fields.


Essential: At least two years of national work experience in project management in public health, health systems and / or international development.
Desirable: Relevant work experience with (in) international institutions or organizations delivering policy advice and support to member states.


Analytical skills and demonstrated knowledge on how to perform health systems analysis.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local Language.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at MDL 467,482 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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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  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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