Public Health Officer, Brazzaville, Congo At World Health Organization (WHO)

Closing date: Wednesday, 12 July 2023

Public Health Officer

( 2304253 )

Grade : P5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years

Job Posting: Jun 22, 2023, 10:36:21 AM

The overall objective of the ULC Cluster is to provide leadership and ensure action in supporting Member States in building and sustaining resilient health systems that provide equitable access to quality essential health services to people across the life course using people-centred approaches, This is done by strengthening leadership, governance and advocacy for health; improving the availability of and access to quality and motivated health workforce, improving access to essential medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices; strengthening country capacity in data and innovation, and improving access to quality essential health services, especially at the Primary Health Care level; while reducing the number of people suffering financial hardship in order to contribute to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the SDGs in the WHO African Region.


Under the direct supervision of the Cluster Director and in collaboration with the Team Leaders:

  •  Follow-up and collate feedback on actions arising from the ULC Director’s interactions with Member States, Donors and Partners;
  •  Develop policy briefs on global, regional and country public health developments that may impact UHC along the life course in the African region;
  •  Review and document the status of development and implementation of national UHC roadmaps / frameworks along the life course as well as other cross-cutting initiatives;
  •  Produce and submit quarterly reports of the work of the cluster which includes recommended actions to strengthen ULC strategies; 5.
  •  Contribute to evidence generation for ULC programmes in the African Region in collaboration with County Offices and relevant Teams of the Regional Offices;
  •  Contribute to resource mobilization to increase capacity in Country Offices for implementation of UHC & PHC along the life course across clusters towards GPW13 results;
  •  Facilitate cross-cluster work and task teams to achieve organizational results for the ULC Cluster;
  •  Perform other related responsibilities as assigned in his/her area of expertise, including backstopping others as required.



Essential: Post Graduate University Degree in public health or technical health profession.

Desirable: Qualification in health financing and or other health systems pillars and or maternal and child health.


Essential: At least 10 years of experience working in Health Systems and/or Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health (SRMNCAH), Ageing and Universal Health Coverage in countries with limited resources. Proven experience in conducting regional and national level health system, SRMNCAH and Ageing related assessments and or strategic planning.

Desirable: Experience in strategy development, stakeholder engagement, program planning, project management and established skills in coordinating with senior leaders.


  •  Demonstrated ability to write technical, scientific papers and policy briefs.
  •  Experience in programme monitoring and evaluation.
  •  Ability to negotiate and engage new partnerships.

WHO Competencies

  •  Teamwork
  •  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  •  Communication
  •  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 or French with working knowledge of the other language.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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 3918 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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