Head of WHO Office

World Health Organization, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th January, 2021

Job Description


The External Relations, Partnerships and Governing Bodies (EPG) Unit mobilizes political will and resources through the building and maintenance of strategic alliances, partnerships, and external relations to position the Organization's regional health priorities into the agenda of the international community and attain technical and strategic recognition within the regional setting. The Unit coordinates the work of the Regional Committee, enhances the contributions of delegations of the African Region to the work of WHO's Governing Bodies in support of the achievement of regional health goals, and builds the capacities of WHO/AFRO entities, in particular WCOs, to cultivate and leverage productive partnerships with national governments, other in-country stakeholders, development organizations, inter-governmental agencies, non-state actors and the international community for regional and national health initiatives and programmes.


  • Represent WHO and manage its working relationships with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the (Economic Commission for Africa (ECA);
  • Provide strategic, information and intelligence on the workings of the AUC and the ECA, advise on approaches to improve relations and develop concept notes for joint initiatives;
  • Generate interventions and advocacy instruments to shape the health-related African Union (AU) and ECA debates and actions on health;
  • Promote WHO's participation in AU and ECA technical work on health and health-related issues;
  • Manage and monitor the implementation of WHO-AUC and WHO-UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) joint work plans and agreements;
  • Facilitate WHO inputs into the work of the UN Liaison Team (UNLT) and the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) for Africa;
  • Disseminate information, within WHO and externally, to promote WHO's engagement in the work of AUC and ECA;
  • Explore opportunities for partnerships in health with other regional and continental bodies, including the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD), Africa CDC and the Pan African Parliament (PAP);
  • Provide advice and necessary support to the relevant WRs for strengthening the partnerships between WHO and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs);
  • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: Advanced university degree in health or health-related and/or social sciences with post graduate degree in public health, or health-related or social science specializationsExperience

Essential: A minimum of ten (10) years' experience in managing and/or delivering and/or advocating for public health programmes at national and international levels, with at least 4 years in a senior management position.


  • Skills in relationship management with national, regional, and/or international partners for resources mobilization in line with priorities and corporate guidelines; Knowledge of WHO and relevant UN programmes and policies, governance systems and procedures. Ability to forge and maintain productive, working relationships and partnerships at local, regional, and international levels.Knowledge of facilitating the execution of WHO's role, mandates, strategies and action plans. Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.


  • The above language requirements are interchangeable.


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