Roster for Country Liaison Officers for Pacific Island Countries, Tonga At World Health Organization (WHO)

Closing date: Sunday, 28 May 2023

Roster for Country Liaison Officers for Pacific Island Countries, (P-5), Fixed-Term

( 2304432 )

Grade : P5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

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

Job Posting: May 15, 2023, 7:18:06 AM

Organization context

Reporting to the Regional Director through the Head of WHO Country Office South Pacific/ Director, Pacific Technical Support (WRSP/DPS) the Country Liaison Officer leads the development and management of the Organization’s programme in the country office. By promoting the importance of health issues as integral to the development agenda of the country office, the Country Liaison Officer advocates, across complex health, social and political issues, the value of multilateral interventions to the national audience. The Country Liaison Officer fosters a meaningful dialogue with the Government and other collaborators, helping shape the national health strategy and identifying WHO’s role in addressing critical priorities. In managing the WHO Country Office, the Country Liaison Officer directs the country office team and commits significant programme resources within the dynamic health environment.

Purpose of the position

Under the authority of the Director-General, the Regional Director and the Head of WHO Country Office South Pacific/Director, Pacific Technical Support, on behalf of the Organization as a whole, the Country Liaison Officer is responsible for all aspects of the activities of the Organization in the Pacific Island Country or Countries covered by their office, and carries out a wide range of functions in support to and collaboration with the national government.

SUMMARY OF ASSIGNED DUTIES: The Country Liaison Officer manages WHO core functions at country level and provides leadership in the following key functional areas: advocacy, partnership and representation, policy development and technical cooperation, and administration and management.

  •  Advocacy, Partnership and Representation
  •  Promote an effective health dimension to social, economic, environmental and development policy through dialogue with senior government officials, bilateral and multilateral agencies, UN organizations and other partners and advocate health as an integral part of national health development and aid cooperation.
  •  Provide health authorities with assessments of broad political trends at the global level and their implications on national health programmes.
  •  Keep national authorities regularly informed of resolutions of WHO governing bodies on health priorities, enable PIC to contribute to the work of WHO and gain maximum benefit from its membership.
  •  Facilitate dialogue between national authorities, the donor community and other development and cooperation partners on aid effectiveness and related policies and in resource mobilization and assist authorities in preparing technically sound proposals, ensuring consistency with national priorities and WHO policies.
  •  Assist the Government in its role of coordination and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders in the health sector to collaborate with WHO initiatives in the Pacific, the Region, and globally, and to liaise with potential supporters of WHO activities in the health sector.
  •  In consultation with the WRSP/DPS, participate in the UN country team and ensure that the needs for assistance are addressed by the UN system’s organizations. To collaborate with other UN agencies in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating any joint or collaborative activities with an emphasis on those in the health sector.
  •  Promote WHO activities and information on global health trends through the national public information media, in consultation with WRSP/DPS.
  •  Policy Development and Technical Cooperation
  •  Provide technical assistance, where appropriate, and supervise technical assistance provided by WHO aimed at strengthening the health sector in a sustainable fashion with an emphasis on the principles of primary health care.
  •  Contribute to the situational analysis and assessment of health needs and resources and to the implementation of appropriate interventions, by providing evidence-based information to national authorities, and facilitating the planning, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, plans and programmes.
  •  Support human resource development with Government to strengthen capacity, management and planning in human resources.
  •  Provide technical support in building national capacities including disaster preparedness and response.
  •  Administration and Management
  •  Work with the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating WHO’s collaborative programme in PIC/PICs.
  •  Promote teamwork and harmonious staff relations.
  •  Develop and monitor the Country Office and staff work plans.
  •  Serve as a member of the security management team and be responsible for the safety and security of personnel employed by WHO in PIC/PICs and their eligible dependants and for the implementation of the security plan.



Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine, public health, health systems development or a related field from a recognized university.

Desirable: Knowledge of WHO programmes and policies.


Essential: At least ten years’ experience in public health management or administration, including five years’ experience in health systems development at international level.

Desirable: Experience in developing countries is an advantage. Experience working in Pacific contexts is an advantage.


Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

  •  Skills in health situation analysis, programme development and management, monitoring and evaluation.
  •  Diplomacy and tact in presenting major health issues to Government and partner agencies for information or action, good interpersonal skills, and a strong ability to communicate effectively.
  •  Demonstrated ability to work with governments.
  •  Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
  •  Sound technical knowledge in a number of WHO programme areas.


  •  Teamwork
  •  Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  •  Communication
  •  Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
  •  Moving forward in a changing environment
  •  Creating an empowering and motivating environment


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. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  •  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.
  •  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.
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  •  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.
  •  WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  •  Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  •  For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.


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