Coordinator, Health Systems, Amman, Jordan At World Health Organization (WHO)

Closing date: Thursday, 13 July 2023

Coordinator, Health Systems

( 2305648 )

Grade : P5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 year (Subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position.)

Job Posting: Jun 22, 2023, 5:15:19 AM

To ensure that effective WHO country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State’s health priorities, sustainable development agendas and harmonized with the United Nations country teams and partners to improve health outcomes and progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  •  Lead the creation of policy dialogue platform around health system development with focus on national health sector policies, strategies and plans and health financing/universal coverage to ensure that health is integral part to the national development strategy.
  •  Build the capacity of MOH leadership and national team to be able to engage in an effective technical and policy dialogue with stakeholders, in advocating for the health agenda and health financing/universal coverage and in undertaking an in-depth policy analysis to identify the national public health priorities.
  •  Oversee the establishment of effective mechanisms for capturing population needs and expectations, inter-alia by organising surveys, focus group discussions, review of the media reports, political consultations, e.g. organising forums such as national health assemblies.
  •  Review the on-going health sector reform agenda and its implementation to better understand the existing challenges and gaps; and generate adequate evidence and intelligence for policy development.
  •  Lead and ensure regular assessment of where the country stands in terms of UHC and how (well) the health financing system is functioning through country-led analysis of the institutional design, organization and operation of the health financing systems.
  •  Chair the discussions around the health sector through the United Nation Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) in Jordan and through the donor forum with the purpose of placing the health agenda among the national government priorities.
  •  Advise on the development/costing of long to medium term national health sector strategies and translation of the same to annual operational plans, and setting up mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation.
  •  Promote health system thinking among the senior MOH officials and advise on weaknesses in local capacity on health system concepts, building blocks and functional linkages; guide national planning processes and advocate for inclusiveness in the decision making process.
  •  Advocate for aid effectiveness through promoting measures such as alignment of international assistance with the national health sector strategic plan; and in this regard use the instrument such as International Health Partnership.
  •  In partnership with stakeholders promote and support the introduction of health inall policies approach to broaden the vision for the health sector and define strategic action for addressing inequities in health.
  •  Lead participatory forums such as thematic technical groups and other experts’ groups; round tables; civil society forums; working groups, etc. in the context of national health sector plans and strategies.
  •  Manage the implementation of different WHO/UHC partnership activities; review and approve project reports and related documentation, ensuring regular update on the project progress.
  •  Advise counterparts and policymakers and other key stakeholders in the government and non-government sectors on critical issues related to the development of national health systems.
  •  Organize and promote the experience exchange through workshops among countries involved in this programme on their experience regarding the development of health financing strategies/policies, the implementation of reforms and other related experiences.
  •  Proactively promote resource mobilization activities by developing/overseeing project proposals reflecting health priorities in the country, monitoring evaluation and timely donor reporting.



Essential: Master’s degree in public health.

Desirable: PhD in health policy/system and an in-depth study of the health system and policy process in the context of developing countries.


Essential: At least 10 years’ experience at national and international levels in supervisory and advisory role including experience in health system, primary health care and policy development in developing countries

Desirable: A good knowledge of health system and the policy process.

Previous experience of working with UN is desirable.


  •  Extensive knowledge of WHO’s policies and programs and ability to interpret and adapt these in relation to country needs.
  •  Expert knowledge and understanding of national health systems and the universal coverage goals, and proven skills to lead and undertake health system analysis and policy dialogue; sound understanding of health financing systems and health financing analysis desirable.
  •  Ability to write concise reports and draft strategic and operational plans.
  •  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels.

WHO Competencies

  •  Teamwork
  •  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  •  Communication
  •  Driving the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership
  •  Ensuring the effective use of resources
  •  Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of Arabic.

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications.


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 92,731 (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 2983 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.


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