Technical Officer

World Health Organization, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st May, 2019

Job Description


The WHO Country Office for India collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), to actively support the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions aiming at reducing the burden of NCDs and co-morbidities through strengthening public policies and health systems. The Country office contributes to

  • providing technical support in developing national policies, strategies and activities in the area of health systems strengthening including,
  • advocating for Universal Health Coverage and building up national capacity in UHC related matters
  • facilitating the adoption of evidence based public health interventions as well as appropriate reforms/changes with a view to promote equity and accelerate the movement towards universal health coverage.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHOAll the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.WHO's mandate revolves around six

leadership priorities specifying

  • advancing universal health coverage
  • health related sustainable development goals
  • addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities (iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005) (v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products
  • addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.

The South - East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.3 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations andvulnerable segments of society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems as well as of the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.Mission of the WHO Country Office for India In the context of the General Programme of Work and within the framework of the WHO Country Cooperation Strategy, the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in:

  • developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes;
  • working to prevent and overcome threats to health;
  • anticipating future challenges; and
  • advocating for public health.


Under the overall guidance of WR/India, the Deputy WR/India and the direct supervision of the Health System Strengthening Team Lead, the health system financing expert will support WCO/India as follows:

  • Provides Technical Leadership and Strategic Support to the Government of India in the area of Health Financing & Economics, in particular, concerning Social Health Insurance issues, in the context of the Universal Health Coverage(UHC);
  • Leads WHO's work on Policy Dialogue with Government counterparts at National and State Level and with other stakeholders on issues pertaining to health financing & economics;
  • Plans, Manages, Monitors and Evaluates WHO's Technical and Policy contribution on Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage related matters in India;
  • Based on international standards and experience, undertakes Health Economics & Financing Policy and Strategies analyses in support of the National Health Protection scheme towards the Universal Health Coverage;
  • Supports the Government of India to mainstream economics and finance into the Health related agenda, by developing and institutionalizing the national health accounts;
  • Develops and Implements a capacity strengthening programme on Health Economics & Financing in India for various stakeholders at both National and State level;
  • Conducts and/or stimulates operational researches on Health Financing & Economics topics in relation to the National Health Protection scheme and more broadly on Universal Health Coverage;
  • Performs any other duties as assigned.



  • Essential: Post Graduate Degree in Health Financing and Economics, Public Policy or related fields
  • Desirable: Degree in Public Health or related Field


  • Essential: At least ten years of relevant experience including considerable experience obtained in an international context.
  • Desirable: Working experiences in developing countries and/or countries particularly going in the process of decentralization of health services will be an added advantage. Direct experience in national health insurance schemes. Experience at a UN or other International Agencies or Development Banks.

Skills: Thorough knowledge of administrative, financial and management principles and practices. Excellent organizational and analytical skills, complemented by sound interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment. Demonstrated ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment. Ability to work closely in harmony with government and international officials at all levels.

Other Skills (eg. IT): Proficient in MS Office Software applications, data analysis and technical presentations.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 87,108 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2192 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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