Strategic Planning Officer - Health Systems Recovery (HSS)

World Health Organisation(WHO), Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th November, 2015

Job Description

Description of duties:

- Under the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative (WR), the Strategic Planning Officer - Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) will provide technical support and guidance to the MOHS under the WHO Country office leadership.
- The incumbent takes lead and oversees the planning, implementations and monitoring of HSS programme; supervises and coordinates the health systems team/cluster at WHO country Office, and ensure close and effective collaboration with other WCO clusters as well as with other levels of WHO (IST/WA, AFRO and HQ);

The incumbent is expected to perform the following :

- Assist and provide guidance to the MoHS in Health Systems strengthening, national planning and effective management of partners, in line with the International Health Partnership (IPH+) principles.
- Support the presidential MoHS operational team and the 6 - 9 month recovery plan:
- Develop an effective implementation of the operational plan;
- Support district managerial functionality assessment report development;
- Support evidence-based development/improvement of district management guidelines and operational procedures;
- Support development of monthly detailed central and district plans including DFC proposal - where appropriate.
- Assist in strengthening in-sector coordination mechanisms of established structures for delivery of the plan, including establishment (Government's health operational team central and district-levels.);
- At the request of the MOHS, conduct capacity building to support recovery plan in partnership with CSO and NGOs;
- Provide technical support to the WHO team re-orientation initiatives towards response and recovery;
- Technically contribute towards and support the implementation of the work, related plans and the restoration of essential health services;
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.


- Essential: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Public Health, Social or Management Sciences, from a recognized University.
- Desirable: Postgraduate degree in Management or Health Systems/Services Administration, from a recognised University.
- "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).


- Proven ability to develop strategic and operational plans, monitor and evaluate;
- Good knowledge of health district development;
- Proven negotiation and networking skills; guidance of different team players and working groups towards agreed goals;
- Computer skills;
- Demonstrated ability to produce results, while respecting WHO's professional, ethical and legal framework;
- Ability to communicate in a credible and effective way, written and oral presentation.


- - Essential: Seven (07) years of experience, in part or wholly in developing countries, in the field of public health and/or international development, spanning operational work as well as policy dialogue at national level. Experience working at central level on strategic planning and coordination and at district level on operational planning and implementation.
Desirable: Working with NGOs/CSOs and donor programmes supporting districts; Experience in collaborating with sectors other than health. Ability to timely synthesize key components and working group outputs.


- Very good knowledge of English.
- Knowledge of French and Portuguese would be an asset for better interaction with other countries in the African Region.

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