Technical Officer - Health Systems, Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Technical Officer - Health Systems, Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Job description

Organization:WHO - World Health Organization
Category:Health, Nutrition & Population
Grade: P4
Duration: Two Years
Deadline: 26 January 2017


WHO Country Office (WCO) collaborates with the Government of DPR Korea and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) to promote universal health coverage (UHC) through health systems strengthening based on primary health care including no communicable diseases (NCD) and emergency & humanitarian action (EHA). The WCO programme of work supports the Government of DPR Korea.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of WHO Representative to DPR Korea and in collaboration with the respective departments in SEARO and HQ, the incumbent will perform the following duties

Provide technical leadership and managerial support to the WHO Country Office team working towards progressive realization of UHC through strengthening of health systems - leadership/governance; health information systems; health financing and service delivery; medical products, vaccines and technologies; health workforce;

Facilitate the development, implementation, and monitoring of relevant work plans, promote the integration of health programmes into the overall health system while mainstreaming gender, equity and rights in national health strategies, programmes and activities;

Promote the generation of evidence on health systems, contribute to informed national policy decisions towards UHC, and support communication and advocacy work of the WCO;

Liaise and coordinate with concerned units/ departments of MOPH, WHO/SEARO and WHO/HQ as well as with development partners to harmonize technical support on policies/ strategies related to health systems and universal health coverage;

Contribute to evaluating the impact of WHO's collaboration with DPR Korea (aggregated and area specific) and to developing evaluation tools;

Collaborate with relevant ministries and other stakeholders in undertaking gap analyses in relevant areas of work and support capacity building efforts in these deficient areas to ensure that priorities are fulfilled.

Contribute to the external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO aimed at improving health system transparency and accountability;

Represent WHO in inter-agency meetings related to Health System Strengthening and Universal Health Coverage; and coordinate the DPR Korea's health 'health sector' committee meetings.

Plan, formulate and implement strategies and workplans of EHA collaborative programmes
Lead and coordinate health cluster partners in the country: UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, IFRC, Save the Children and other leading agencies, in close collaboration with UN Resident Coordinator's office, assessment of humanitarian needs and priorities and maintaining, updated Emergency Standard Operating Procedures related to the surge and humanitarian activities.

Provide technical support for coordination, management, implementation and monitoring and reporting of donor funded program in areas of NCDs including preparation of reports as per WHO and honor rules and regulations in timely manner

Advise and provide technical support to Ministry of Public Health in the review, development and implementation of policies in the areas of tobacco free and NCD.
Undertake other relevant duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.



University degree in medicine and advanced degree in related field such as health systems, health policy, public health, health financing or health economics.

Doctorate degree (PhD, DrPH,) in health systems development or health financing or health economics, or a related field.

Work Experiance


At least 07 (seven) years' of relevant experience, some of which should have been obtained in an international context, in providing technical support and management of health systems strengthening activities.


Experience of work in UN and / or other international organizations;

knowledge of programmes and practices of WHO/UN agencies will be an advantage; as well as experience in designing, implementing and assessing health sector reforms with a view of achieving universal health coverage.

Functional Skills and Knowledge

Ability to promote coordination with the health system team members, other WHO colleagues, and external partners

Ability to facilitate the development of national health policies, strategies, and plans as well as of norms, guidelines, and tools in health systems strengthening

Knowledge of management including planning, negotiation, resource mobilization, presentation, and problem solving

Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team



Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Producing results


Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

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