Technical Officer

World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd March, 2021

Job Description

The Division of Country Health Policies and Systems (CPS) assists countries in the Region with the design and implementation of appropriate health policies and systems to strengthen universal health coverage. It works to strengthen data-driven, evidence-informed, contextually tailored health policy development and implementation at national, regional and local levels, taking an inclusive approach across the life course. The Division advocates strengthening of public health leadership, focusing on implementing policies that are people centred, promote health, prevent illness, and address the social and economic determinants of health, while fostering leadership on equity, human rights and gender mainstreaming in health. It focuses on building capacity for health systems innovation to enable the sustainable delivery of high-quality primary health and community services that are effectively linked to hospitals, and mental health, public health and social care services. To do so, CPS supports country efforts to facilitate access so as to leave nobody behind, to improve financial protection, to strengthen the health workforce, to increase access to affordable medicines and technologies, and to promote the uptake and implementation of digital technology.The HLC HLC team works to embed SRH/MNH/CAH/Healthy Ageing in the political mandate, adapt them to the core priorities and engage with the flagship programmes to strengthen alignment. It also works to strengthen engagement with other policy sectors and engage with partners to build support for implementation across the life course. The HLC team will provide strategic and technical leadership on all aspects of the public health policy development and implementation cycle across the life course, linking promotion of better health with provision of services and preventative measures with strengthening service delivery platforms across the life course especially through Primary Health Care. Also fostering equity and human rights. The BHLC team works to support the delivery of programmes and initiatives within countries by building capacity for the development of policies and practices that are grounded in evidence, are people-centered, promote health, prevent illness, and address the social and economic determinants of health.


To provide specialist technical input and advice in support of the work of the BHLC Unit on sexual and reproductive health, with emphasis on maternal and newborn health (MNH). To support Member States in implementing and evaluating relevant national strategies within the context of the European Programme of Work, with the goal to improve sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing and decrease inequities within and between countries in the region.Specific responsibilities include:

  •  Provide technical support and advice to Member States in the implementation of the current SRH/MNH strategies, and assessing the needs for developing and implementing national SRH/MNH strategies and action plans;
  •  Support local adaptation of the relevant norms, standards, tools, technologies and interventions necessary to improve the quality of maternal and newborn health care in countries;
  •  Support countries in the implementation of Maternal and Perinatal Death reviews and Response, MPDSR and report on countries' coverage of MPPDSR.
  •  Conduct knowledge transmission and capacity building of health institutions in the countries to carry out their function in the area of maternal and newborn health;
  •  Conduct research and evidence synthesis to inform development of regional plans and strategies in sexual and reproductive, maternal and new-borns health and summarizing and acting upon European and other experience;
  •  Promote effective collaborative partnerships at national and regional level with relevant agencies and organizations, including non-governmental organizations, professional associations, concerned WHO Collaborating Centres and other centres of excellence active in the field;
  •  Contribute to the writing and production of programme materials (e.g. meeting reports, technical briefs, annual reviews of progress, blog posts, press releases);
  •  Provide assistance in other relevant areas of the work of BHLC, as needed.



Essential: University degree (Bachelor's level) in medicine, or midwifery.

Desirable: Postgraduate degree (Master's level) in public health, obstetrics, paediatrics or similar.


Essential: At least 5 years of professional experience in in implementing reproductive, maternal and newborn health programs at national or international levels.

Desirable: Relevant experience within WHO, the United Nations or other international organizations.Demonstrated experience of working in other multi and/or bilateral agencies active in the health sector.


  • Proven knowledge of the technical area of maternal and newborn health.
  •  Ability to synthesize complex information and write clearly and persuasively. Good communication and language skills.
  •  Experience in implementing and/or evaluating sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn related health programmes would be an asset.
  •  Demonstrated experience of working effectively with international and national counterparts, implementing partners, civil society organizations, local and national government authorities to implement high impact SRH/MNH interventions would be an asset.
  •  Knowledge of health systems of countries in the European Region would be an asset.
  •  Knowledge of the WHO and UN system would be an asset.
  •  Excellent computer skills, including a standard package of office applications.
  •  Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment9. Ability to identify and manage one's own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources


Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French,Russian or German.


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