Back National Professional Officer (Health Policies & Systems) - (1703390)

  • Added Date: Monday, 16 October 2017
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Grade: NO-B

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 12 months

Job Posting

: Oct 10, 2017, 7:42:49 PM

Closing Date

: Oct 31, 2017, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Sierra Leone-Freetown


: AF_SLE Sierra Leone


: Full-time



The World Health Organization Sierra Leone Country Office (WCO) is responsible for providing technical advice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) in guiding overall efforts aimed at improving the health and well-being of the population. The WCO Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) cluster works closely with the MOHS to ensure development and implementation of robust national health plans aimed at increasing coverage of needed health services. The cluster also works to increase technical and institutional capacities, knowledge and information for health systems and services strengthening and related policy dialogue.


To provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholdersin the development and implementation of health systems strengthening policies, strategies and plans towards attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Sierra Leone.


Under the leadership and guidance of the HSS Coordinator Sierra Leone, and in close consultation with HSS clusters in the WHO Regional Office for Africa and Headquarters, the incumbent will undertake the following:

  1. Provide technical support to strengthen capacity and management to develop and implement policies and strategies, along with monitoring and evaluation frameworks to measure progress at national and subnational levels
  2. Support the MOHS in strengthening its leadership role and managerial skills of health managers at all levels through training, mentoring, coaching and other innovative approaches that promote good governance and improved performance of the health sector
  3. Support the MOHS to strengthenits coordination and regulation functions through the development of relevant mechanisms, frameworks and effective partnerships that fosters development effectiveness principles
  4. Support efforts to enhance the generation, analysis/interpretation and use of evidence for decision making through coordination with relevant directorates of MOHS
  5. Support the Ministry of Health and Partners in the implementation of the health policies and systems components of relevant projects funded by external donors
  6. Any other activities requested by HSS Coordinator/WR



Essential: University degree in Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences or related field

Desirable: Master’s degree in Public Health or related field


Essential:At least two years of working experience in health systems development including health policy, planning, implementing and monitoring.Experience working with national health authorities and with multiple high-level stakeholders

Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO, UN or other international organizations


  1. Technical expertise in planning, implementing monitoring and evaluating health systems
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide sound methodological and technical advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners in country
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the health ministries and with stakeholders across different programmes at the country level, as well as regional and global levels
  4. Demonstrated ability to innovate, integrate, synergize and communicate complex and ideas verbally and in writing
  5. Ability to monitor and communicate progress in terms of process and results
  6. IT proficiency.


1) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

2) Communicating in a credible and effective way

3) Producing results

4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

5) Ensuring effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English. Other languages relevant to the local context would be an asset.


WHO offers staff in the National Professional Officer category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at SLL 125,506,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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