Regional Advisor

World Health Organization, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, HR and AdminMonitoring and EvaluationTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th October, 2020

Job Description

About the Organization:

World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. WHO are responsible for the World Health Report, the worldwide World Health Survey, and World Health Day.

Position: Regional Advisor (Human Resources for Health) - (2003767)

Description of Duties

Under the overall guidance of Director, Programme Management and supervision of Director, Health Systems Development, the incumbent will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Region's programme of work on HRH, within the context of the Regional strategy on health system strengthening for UHC; the Decade of HRH strengthening in SEAR, and relevant global HRH strategies and priorities.
  • Maintain up to date intelligence on health workforce strengthening developments at country level as well as regional trends in HRH, with a focus on key trends in transformative education; health workforce retention and migration; improved HRH governance and data.
  • Provide technical advice and support to national authorities as requested to a) ensure HRH development in accordance with health service requirements and overall health sector priorities and plans, based on best available evidence, and to b) strengthen health workforce governance, including health workforce policy and strategy; regulations and incentives, and engagement with other parts of government involved in HRH development, deployment and retention.
  • Support improvements in national HRH information systems to generate quality HRH data to monitor progress on HRH, for national, regional and global reporting needs.
  • Strengthen the regional HRH evidence base, through regional research networks such as AAAH, and the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and international development agencies working on HRH.
  • Work with WHO colleagues in HQ on the development of high quality HRH tools and guidelines, and provide guidance on the relevance and use of those in SEAR countries; work with colleagues in other units and departments in the Regional Office on cross-cutting health workforce development issues.
  • Facilitate relevant multi-country activities (MCAs) to develop capacity in priority HRH areas, by interaction with WHO country offices and national counterparts
  • Collaborate with, and promote, effective partnership between regional health professional regulatory bodies & professional associations, and among international development agencies active in HRH.
  • Ensure accountability for the programme of work on HRH, including producing high quality technical reports as needed for WHO Governing Bodies; managing HRH unit staff & resources, in conjunction with Director HSD.
  • Perform other relevant functions as required by Director HSD.

Required Qualifications



  • University Degree in medicine, public health, social or management science from a recognized university.
  • Postgraduate degree in public health; health systems; health workforce development; health economics; health administration or health service management


  • Doctorate in health system management; public health, political science.
  • Professional qualification in health workforce education or management.



  • At least ten years relevant experience in human resources for health development - health workforce policy analysis, planning, management, monitoring and research; in providing policy advice on HRH development in accordance with current and future health service requirements, and in advising on effective approaches to different dimensions of HRH institutional capacity development, including considerable experience obtained in an international context.


  • Experience in Asia in health system development with a focus on HRH a strong asset.
  • Knowledge and experience of WHO and the UN system, and of other major stakeholders and international agencies an asset.


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