Data and Analytics Director

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2020

Job Description


The Department of Data and Analytics, located within the Division for Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact is the central data node for the World Health Organization with a single core purpose to deliver a measurable impact in countries by delivering on the health-related SDGs and meeting the WHO’s triple billion targets.

In collaboration with partners, it provides reliable, timely and comparable evidence to catalyze change whereby data and health information are used systematically to set measurable goals, monitor progress and drive continuous policy and programme improvements.

The department sets the global agenda and provide leadership to improve data quality and strengthen country capacity in surveillance, epidemiology, modelling and forecasting to inform strategic policies. It provides annual reporting of key data products including World Health Statistics, Global Health Estimates, Universal Health Coverage and used modern data exchange and visualization.

Specific priority areas for Department leadership include:

  • Developing, maintaining and supporting the application of standard data analysis methods and technical packages for data collection, use, and dissemination at global, national, and sub-national levels with a focus on disaggregated data;
  • Creating compelling tools for strengthen data exploration, analytics and visualization, and improving the dissemination of surveillance and epidemiological information, including through newer, interactive digital platforms;
  • Supporting countries in assessing and improving their health information systems, including health services data and scaling up vital registration and cause of death data collection practices and reporting to improve the availability and quality of information on births, deaths and causes of death – ensuring that all lives count, by counting all lives;
  • Improving the coherence and scientific basis of estimates of disease burden, deaths, and risk factors and their link to health services and programmes;
  • Improving techniques for data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination standards across all WHO programmes at all 3 levels of the organization, in collaboration with other UN Agencies, academic institutions, and civil society;
  • Maintaining, developing and promoting the use of the WHO reference classification for diseases and injuries and related data standards.


  • Leads the Department in providing technical expertise to Member States and other Stakeholders with guidance and technical data required for the development, implementation, and monitoring of national and/or global policies and programmes.
  • Provides the overall leadership, management accountability, and direction of the Department in delivering its objectives through managing and galvanizing a diverse workforce and financial resources to optimize the department deliverables and mandate.
  • Provides senior level technical advice and expertise to Senior Management in the area of area of assigned responsibilities in order to position the Department and Organization as a leader in the respective area.
  • Directs and leads overall establishment and development of the Department's evidence based policies and strategies for roll out and delivery for Regional and Country Office implementation.
  • Oversees the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department's area of work to ensure development of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements and mechanisms to ensure optimal performance of Department deliverables.
  • Serves as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and other key players in the respective areas.
  • Promotes the integration of Regional Country Office perspectives and operational capacities into the Department's programme area of work.
  • Builds strong partnerships and fosters consensus building with External Partners, Member States, UN Agencies, Donor, cutting edge research institutions and other stakeholders in the subject area to politically position the technical area of work and implementation into national and/or global policies.
  • Represent the Organization and Department area of work in a diverse array of global fora to position WHO as a leader in the global health community.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties

  • Define and direct the strategic vision to set standards for data generation, collection, collation, curation, communication and strengthen country capacity.
  • Plays a crucial role in advancing the procedures, data and methods to
  • support robust measurement of health-related SDGs (HRSDGs) and WHO's ‘triple billion' targets on universal health coverage, health emergencies and healthier populations;
  • support the development and harmonization of programmatic indicators by applying standards and scientific rigor in data collection, processing and synthesis leading to single, consistent, and transparently documented number for every HRSDGs.
  • Effectively coordinate data and health information systems across all three levels of the organization and with relevant partners to improve efficiencies, reliability and coherence.
  • Apply scientific rigour in data, analytics, statistics, methods to monitor health trends and report on the WHO's ‘triple billion' targets on universal health coverage, health emergencies and healthier populations, programmatic indicators and the SDG Global Action Milestones.
  • Promote use of data principles and the GATHER guidelines (Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting) and data standards to produce coherent global health estimates.
  • Increase country capacity to generate, analyze and interpret high-quality data and statistics at subnational and national levels. Systematically address data gaps and increase data quality.
  • Increase coherence and coordination in data generation and health information dissemination for impact across all three levels of the organization and with relevant partners.



  • Essential: An advanced level university degree in epidemiology, data science, statistics, economics, demography, public health or health information systems or closely related field relevant to the position.


  • Essential: A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in collecting and/or collating data; creating and/or applying cutting-edge methods to harness and effectively communicate available data; producing comparable policy-relevant indicators; developing creative tools for data collection, exploration and use; influencing collaboration and engagement with partners; including management experience interfacing with senior management and decision makers, managing human and financial resources, building motivated teams, and establishing policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience at the national and international level. Strong track record of peer-reviewed publications and influential reports relevant to the subject area.
  • Desirable: Experience of working in developing countries. Recognized authority in specific health field. Experience in conducting or coordinating research in the relevant technical areas.


  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies.
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Strong understanding and skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.
  • Globally-respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in health statistics, health data exchange and analytics.
  • Proven leadership and management skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, health information systems, and implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.
  • Strong technical knowledge and world class expertise in development of standards and monitoring health trends and determinants, metrics and measurement, WHO's Family of International Classifications, and carrying out large scale multi-country studies both at national and international levels.
  • Strong technical skills and knowledge health information, information management, health data collection efforts, statistics, including data promotion and outreach especially with regard to SDGs and Universal Health Coverage.


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