Governance Financing and Policy Officer

World Health Organization

Berlin, Germany

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems Division (WSE) is responsible to build a system of collaborative intelligence enabling better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics. The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is a new office of WHO, located in Berlin, and part of the WSE division. It works with partners to enable the generation of public health relevant information to provide timely actionable insights in response to health emergencies; and improve decision making in response to prepare for, avert and respond to public health threats. It also aims to reduce fragmentation and inefficiency by creating an ecosystem that promotes collaboration across multiple professional disciplines, sectors, and initiatives; and empower decision makers, public health professionals, and civil society to make informed public health decisions.The Collaborative Intelligence Department (COL) is responsible for establishing and coordinating internal and external networks and partnerships that facilitate the work of the Pandemic Hub and the broader WHE Programme around Collaborative Surveillance.
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs of the unit and department:
  • Provide specialist support to the development and implementation of strategies and planning processes for the establishment, growth, success and sustainability of large global initiatives, with a particular focus on Collaborative Surveillance and HEPR.
  • Support the technical and administrative aspects of priorities in Collaborative Surveillance and National Public Health Agencies (NPHAs) including monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, workplan development, resource mobilization and allocation of projects and initiatives.
  • Provide advice, guidance and leadership to WHO, Member States, global and regional partners, and other stakeholders in the governance, financing and legal and regulatory authorities required by NPHAs to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
  • Foster collaboration with internal partners, particularly WHO Regional Offices, and external public health partners, including Member States, regional networks and international organisations, to support NPHAs to deliver core emergency preparedness public health functions.
  • Ensure increase of alignment and effectivebness of surveleiilance investments through liaising with key external funders and implementers ; support WHO Regional Offices, regional partners and/or countries to develop funding requests and implementation plans for Collaborative Surveillance.
  • Oversee the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of joint partnership objectives ensuring that expected results are tracked and achieved; Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of partnerships recommending new strategies and approaches as needed.
  • Monitor donor policies, priorities, trends and funding mechanisms for the Division to support the development and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for Collaborative Surveillance. Advise and support WSE leadership in meetings with selected donors.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations for senior leadership and other stakeholders on strategy and implementation, highlighting progress and achievements as well as identifying challenges / risks and areas / options for improvement.
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments in domains with relevance to the work of the Hub and Department.
  • Represent the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for the objectives, projects and initiatives of the Department and Hub.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and back stopping for others as required.
Required Qualifications:
  • Advanced level (Masters ) university degree in public health, international health, public administration, public policy, international affairs, or a related discipline.
  • At least seven years' experience with a successful track record in managing public health programs at the national and/or international levels. Demonstrated experience working with National Public Health Agencies in developing partnerships and collaborations for public health capacity development. Experience with inter-agency collaboration or in working with WHO, UN Agencies or other international organizations.
  • Demonstrated and applied expertise in the management of public health functions at national and regional levels in support of health emergency preparedness and response.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic partnership management, international financing, developing collaborative workplans, monitoring and evaluation, strategy development and implementation.
  • Proven track record of working with diverse, results-oriented teams.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programs.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong understanding of geopolitical issues and the international context.
  • Strong skills in developing strategies and making policy recommendations.
  • Strong skills in building and maintaining partnerships.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively, diplomatically and tactfully with external partners including Ministries of Health, donor institutions, civil society, and other stakeholders.
Language Skills:
  • Expert knowledge of English.