Executive Officer, Office of the Director for Programme Management
World Health Organization
Manila, Philippines
3d ago


The WHO Western Pacific Region (WPRO) is made up of 37 countries and areas. The diversity of people and health situations requires a solid understanding of the emerging socioeconomic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends in order to provide relevant and timely responses to countries and areas needs and expectations.

The overall objective of the position is therefore to strategically manage and coordinate the implementation, monitoring and evalution of WHO General Programme of Work (GPW), WPRO strategic orientations and related programme budgets through the Division of Programme Management units and other regional and country offices structures.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Director, Programme Management (DPM), the incumbent leads and coordinates the work of Country Support Unit (CSU), Programme Development and Operations (PDO) and Editorial Services (EDT) units in line with WHO's core functions, strategies and priorities identified in the General Programme of Work.

In the spirit of the one team approach, the risk management approach and the strong country focus which are embedded in WPRO's culture and modus operandi, the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, the following areas :

  • 1) the strengthening of effective leadership of WHO’s work at the country level in the Region;
  • 2) WHO’s effective engagement with other UN system agencies and other partners both at the regional and country levels;
  • 3) WHO reform activities that strengthen WHO’s performance at the regional and country levels;
  • 4) the implementation of WHO's evaluation policy in the Region;
  • 5) integrated and cross-cutting approaches for the delivery of WHO’s collaborative programmes in the Region;
  • 6) WPRO's effective participation in major global and regional initiatives on public health matters and timely submission of the regional input to global policies, strategies and plans such as the GPW;
  • the midterm reviews and the programme budget;
  • 7) Technical preparations of the Regional Committee meetings and other governing body meetings;
  • 8) Guidance on collaborative work of the units within the team;
  • 9) WHO's effective and strategic planning and use of resources;
  • 10) Effective, proactive and strategic editorial services; and

    11) Other related and assigned duties as required.



    Essential : Medical degree with postgraduate degree in public health or Advanced university degree in health-related science with a postgraduate degree in public health, epidemiology, health administration, health policy or health economics from a recognized university.

    Desirable : Training in leadership, governance and management / public administration.


  • Essential : At least fifteen years of relevant, progressively responsible work experience, including : (a) progressive experience in health programmes / health systems at both national and international levels;
  • b) experience in directing / managing public health programmes in developing countries and supervision of large teams and;
  • c) experience working in WHO, other UN agencies, or other development organizations.

    Desirable : Conversant with WHO managerial processes and procedures.


    Knowledge of WHO and / or UN system strategies, policies and programme. Excellent spoken and written communication skills.


    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


    Promoting the Organization's position in health Leadership

    Building and promoting partnership across the Organization and beyond

    Creating an empowering and motivating environment

    Use of Language Skills

    Essential : Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.

    Desirable : Working knowledge of French.


    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 102,715 (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 4246 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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