WHO Deputy Representative Vacancy-Job Ref: ACSYWHO/2501/202484


WHO Deputy Representative Vacancy-Job Ref: ACSYWHO/2501/202484
Damascus (Syria)


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


The incumbent supports the head of the WHO office for countries, territories, or areas in ensuring that the office optimally addresses their technical and strategic programme management challenges. The deputy head of the WHO office will support the head of the WHO office technically and politically in guiding Member States to develop and implement national public health policy, strategy and plans consistent with the WHO General Programme of Work (GPW).

The incumbent will perform the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office:

1. Support the head of the WHO office in providing expert, strategic, technical and programmatic advice guidance to Member States in their delivery and implementation of national public health policy, strategy and plans.

2. Provide authoritative advice to the head of the WHO office, propose and develop national, technical public health strategies, policies and programmes for implementation through collaboration with national authorities, public health partners and stakeholders at the country level.

3. Recommend health-development initiatives in the areas of health systems’ planning, management and strengthening, and partnership building at country level.

4. Lead the country office’s technical and capacity-building work, including in the area of public health systems and programmes, ensuring their implementation in line with national strategies and results.

5. Provide technical support to the head of the WHO office and partners in delivering sustainable measures following an emergency, situations of chronic or acute crisis, or in early recovery and transition.

6. Provide oversight of and ensure the development and submission of monitoring and reporting on technical public health initiatives at country level.

7. Deputize for and represent the head of the WHO office at official meetings with the government, national counterparts, donors, UN agencies and other stakeholders.

8. Manage the overall compliance and performance management standards of the country office, including defining work planning parameters to establish performance standards, accountability, and indicators for progress monitoring and reporting.

9. Ensure internal controls are in place and adhered to, in order to ensure due diligence and mitigate financial risk to the Organization at country level.


Core Competencies
1. Teamwork

2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3. Communication

4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning

5. Promoting the Organization’s position in health leadership

6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment

1. Public health programming.

2. Programme and financial management and/or the administration of complex health programmes and services at the international and country level.

3. Leadership and managing large diverse teams and financial resources.

4. Conceptualizing and coordinating the development of strategies and public health policies.

5. WHO or other UN agencies’ governing mechanisms and procedures in planning and programme management.

6. Ability to lead and coordinate multidisciplinary teams, projects and programmes

7. Ability to manage and adapt to complex and changing political, social, and economic contexts

8. Strong skills in diplomacy and political acumen.

9. Broader understanding of global health and international commitments

Educational Qualifications


Advanced university degree (master’s level) in a relevant field (such as epidemiology, public health, medical, social sciences).


PhD in public health management, social sciences or another related field. Specialized training in epidemiology, health management or public administration.

Work Experience


A minimum of 10 years of work experience relevant for the position (managing and developing technical public health programmes), a significant part of this to have been obtained in an international level.


Demonstrated experience in managing diverse teams and financial resources at international level.

Language requirements
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.

Information technology (IT) and other skills
Proficiency in computers and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Cloud Management Enterprise System such as Workday.

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