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  • Posted: Jan 18, 2022
    Deadline: Feb 1, 2022
  • We are the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system. We do this by: providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; set...
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    Coordinator (Multiple Duty Station)

    Reference No: 2200398
    Organisation: AF_NGA Nigeria
    Grade: NO-D
    Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
    Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 years

    Objectives of the Programme

    • The objective of the programme is to strengthen the deconcentration of the WHO country office in Nigeria at the field level (States and Zones).
    • This deconcentration allows WHO to strengthen its effectiveness through the coordination of partners, the capacity of provincial health systems to cope with preparedness, mitigation and response to public health emergencies.
    • In addition, this deconcentration will enable the WHO country office to contribute to the strengthening of the health system at both the zonal and state level in general.

    Description of Duties

    • The incumbent will have the following assigned responsibilities/duties: Ensure/ensure sound management through strategic positioning (regional / national work plans).
    • Communicate with and convince team members by sharing the desired vision that is part of the master plan and the agenda of the different levels of the organization.
    • Translate the organisation's orientations into concrete strategies and prioritise objectives and projects in order to effectively support the implementation of health policies and plans.
    • Encourage intersectoral work with health managers and non-health partners.
    • Build a competent team by obtaining the best resources, providing learning opportunities, ensuring continuous monitoring.
    • Establish clear performance expectations, delegate effectively, monitor and measure progress against objectives;Lead networking, capacity building, fundraising; Actively explore partnerships within a wide network of contacts, including donor partners and national focal points.
    • Conduct technical briefings to ensure harmonization of WHO messages and advice by programme team staff.Investigate key health concerns and use its knowledge and expertise to systematically analyze problems, overcome obstacles and make key decisions that will lead to the effective application of technical assistance in the country.
    • Play a leading role in initiatives and innovations in research, forecasting and clinical studies to help solve health problems.
    • Engage in dialogue at the strategic level to influence national policy and ensure consistency in the views of the programme team and staff; Provide technical and functional administrative guidance to the WHO Representative and designated technical staff; Contribute to the performance evaluations of all staff assigned to the programme.
    • Coordinate the documentation of good practices and scientific evidence related to his or her area of specialization and share them to help meet the technical needs of WHO Representatives in the region, as well as appropriate national institutions and partners; Coordinate the programming and implementation of the unit's activities with those of other related areas of work to maximize the use of resources; Carry out all other related tasks assigned by the Deputy Representative or the WHO Representative and the field Coordinator.
    • Provide Technical support to the MOH in developing, implementing and evaluating national immunization programme (NIP) strategies at state level in updating and adapting relevant guidelines, materials and tools, and in performing training needs assessments, organizing and implementing training activities; Support the Ministry of Health or other health related interlocutors in the country in planning and organizing vaccination campaigns10.
    • Work with all local authorities, partners and the Ministry of Health to develop approaches for improving health service delivery at the provincial level.

    Required Qualifications

    • Essential: Master's Degree in a Health-related field - Medicine, Public Health or other related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
    • Desirable: Post Graduate degree/Training in public health or epidemiology from recognized academic institution.


    • Essential: At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in a complex health-related emergency context
    • Desirable: Proven experience in coordinating the health group. Field experience in complex emergency activities would be an asset.


    • Knowledge of coordination, evaluation and assessment of health services programmes/projects.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and methods of health planning, with a proven ability to evaluate health plans and their impact in resource-limited countries.
    • Excellent communication skills with diplomacy, tact and courtesy with stakeholders and partners.
    • Proven interpersonal skills, ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and proactively solve problems, while ensuring effective working practices and ethics.

    WHO Competencies:

    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication
    • Producing results
    • Ensuring the effective use of resources
    • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

    Use of Language Skills:

    • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
    • Desirable: Nil.


    • Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at NGN 28,111,328 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

    Method of Application

    Additional Information:

    • 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.
    • Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. 
    • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
    • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
    • For information on WHO's operations please visit:
    • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
    • 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.
    • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
    • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
    • 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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