Back Health Systems Coordinator - (1805180)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Grade: P5

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: Two Years


Job Posting

: Oct 29, 2018, 8:15:36 AM

Closing Date

: Nov 29, 2018, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Mongolia-Ulaanbaatar


: WP_MNG Mongolia


: Full-time

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To support countries to attain universal coverage of health services for better and equitable health outcomes. Health systems act as the foundation that both underpins and unifies public health efforts aimed at combating diseases and building healthy communities in an efficient and equitable manner, especially for high priority, excluded and under-served population groups. A strong health system foundation enables effectiveness of individual programmes and efficient use of shared system resources for all programmes. In addition, it also promotes community empowerment and participatory governance as means of integrating equity-enhancing and rights-based approaches as well as addressing the social determinants of health.

The incumbent will cooperate with the following units at Regional Office:

Health Policy and Financing (HPF)

To assist countries to develop robust, coherent, and realistic health legislation, policies, strategies, and plans, with strong links between national and operational levels, and to monitor their implementation. To support Member States to progress towards universal health coverage through the development of a health financing system, including revenue collection, pooling and purchasing, so to assure access to needed services (promotive, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative) without financial hardship.

Integrated Service Delivery (ISD)

To support development of integrated people-centred service (ISD) for communities and referral for optimal use of resources by all programmes; to accelerate progress towards universal coverage of safe and quality health services including integration of traditional medicines and practices into the health system. To assist countries to develop and manage a competent health workforce that can deliver integrated people-centred service, through human resources for health (HRH) strategic planning, capacity-building for priority health interventions and strengthening of governance, appropriate regulation and education capacities.

Essential Medicines and Health Technologies (EMT)

To support Member States to develop and implement policies, regulatory and financing mechanisms that ensure equitable access to effective and safe medical products and technologies of assured quality and their rational use by prescribers and consumers.

Health Intelligence and Innovation (HII)

To enhance the capacity of Member States to analyse and use relevant health status and health systems performance data and research evidence in health sector management and decision-making processes. To strengthen capacity for health systems policy research to support universal health coverage (UHC), through the development of reliable information systems and technology and national health research systems. To support the application of sustainable information communication technologies solutions in health services delivery.

Equity and Social Determinants (ESD)

To collaborate with Member States to address the underlying social determinants of health through health-in-all policies and other approaches; develop and implement health policies and programmes that enhance health equity and integrate pro-poor, gender-responsive, and human rights-based approaches; and put in place policies and strategies to improve health literacy and to address the health needs of vulnerable populations such as older people, migrants and ethnic minorities.


The Western Pacific Region, one of the six regions of the World Health Organization, is home to approximately 1.8 billion people, more than one-fourth of the world's population. One of the most diverse of the WHO regions, the Western Pacific constitutes some of the world's least developed countries as well as the most rapidly emerging economies.

The health systems coordinator position will manage and lead the health systems strengthening efforts in the country focusing on the provision of technical leadership and policy advisory services to the Member State.

In Mongolia, there have recently been substantial health systems related reforms. Besides the ongoing activities to allow for greater hospital autonomy, the Health Insurance General Agency (HIGA) was moved as of 1 January 2018 from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to the Ministry of Health. While this creates a unique opportunity to better integrate state budget MOH and Health Insurance funded activities, there are also new challenges in ensuring an appropriate purchaser provider split while at the same time ensure that the hospital autonomy process moves forward. Furthermore, a recent substantial increase in funding allocated to HIGA provides an opportunity to use innovative performance based financing tools to strengthen the role of Primary Health Care in addressing the increasing non-communicable disease challenge.

Under the supervision of the Head of the WHO Country Office, Mongolia, and guidance of the Director, Health Systems, the incumbent will perform the following:

Fostering Partnership with Member States & other Stakeholders

  • Support health policy development, assist technical consultation and policy dialogues by developing good relations with relevant Member State counterparts (Ministry of Health [MoH], Ministry of Finance, and other ministries);
  • Support the MoH in regular policy dialogues, reviews and assessments and evaluate the implementation of health policies together with other relevant health partners;
  • Coordinate and advocate for health systems issues (UHC and health-related SDGs) with UN agencies, donors and other development partners in the country and find synergies;
  • Represent WHO position with Government and other development partners, including deputizing for HWO when required. Assist HWO in convening health partner meetings and promote networking;
  • Contribute to and coordinate WHO inputs to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and its implementation. Promote the development and implementation of UN joint programmes;
  • Provide policy advice to HWO through review and analysis of documents, strategies and business needs related to health policy and governance (situation analysis, priority setting, costing and budgeting the plan, monitoring and evaluation).

Managing and implementing Health Systems Workplan

  • Deliver core WHO Country Office (WCO) priorities on health systems;
  • Lead the Health Systems team in developing and effectively implementing the WCO workplan. Support the team’s in delivering their objectives (including recruiting and coaching staff to build team’s capacity);
  • Ensure effective implementation, programme and financial management of all WCO funds under the respective programmes to achieve 100% implementation rate;
  • Liaise with other teams within the WCO to ensure effective cross-team working on issues of joint priority;
  • Provide technical support and guidance primarily on key health systems issues and, depending on country needs, also on noncommunicable diseases and disease programmes;
  • Mobilize resources to meet funding requirements.

Liaising with Regional Office and Headquarters

  • Effectively collaborate with the WHO Regional Office for Western Pacific and support global and regional initiatives through joint planning and missions with a specific focus on the development and implementation of health systems priorities;
  • In liaison with the Regional Office, develop and execute communication activities in pursuit of WCO’s strategic priorities (including speeches, media release, communications material, social media, etc.);
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of WHO country cooperation strategy and programme budget;
  • Any other duties as assigned.



Essential: Master’s level university degree or above in social sciences or public health, health economics, health policy and planning, health system development, health services management or related field from a recognized university.

Desirable: Training in public policy, development studies, health financing, or in programme evaluation.


Essential: Minimum of ten years' experience in managing public health programmes or health services planning and development at national and international level, including at least five years at senior level.

Desirable: Relevant experience in an international organization, bilateral development partner or international nongovernmental organization. Experience in developing countries an asset.


  • High level of expertise and knowledge in health finance particularly financial protection measurement and monitoring;
  • Expertise in developing strategies on a wide range of issues;
  • Good knowledge of transition financing challenges and established best practices to address them;
  • Expertise in prioritization, resource allocation, work-planning, implementation and monitoring technical and financial progress;
  • Expertise in managing a team – including recruiting staff, allocating responsibilities, motivating, coaching and supporting professional development of staff;
  • Knowledge of performance based budgeting and relevant indicators;
  • Good knowledge of policy making process at international and national levels;
  • Good knowledge of health systems development and management issues, including health financing and financial protection methods;
  • Knowledge of processes for developing and monitoring national health policies, strategies and plans, health financing, and health coordination mechanisms and partnerships.
  • Working knowledge of WHO system.

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  6. Driving the Organization to a successful future

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of other UN languages.


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 85,543 (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 2281 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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