National Professional Officer, Human Resources for Health

Published: 08.11.2018 21:47:44
Deadline: 30.11.2018 23:59:59 The deadline for applications has expired
Salary: According to the interview results
Location: Bishkek
Type of involvement: full time

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Common information

Grade: NO-B

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: 2 years

Job Posting: Nov 8, 2018, 3:56:13 PM

Closing Date: Nov 30, 2018, 4:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Kyrgyzstan-Bishkek

Organization: EU/DSP Health Systems and Public Health

Schedule: Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. 


All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the General Programme of Work. The 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritising impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions:

(i) providing leadership on global health matters;

(ii) shaping the health research agenda;

(iii) setting norms and standards;

(iv) articulating evidence-based policy options;

(v) providing technical support to countries; and

(vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in:

(i) developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes;

(ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health;

(iii) anticipating future challenges; and

(iv) advocating public health.Strengthening health systems and public health services is at the core of WHO's work with countries and with the regional and global health community. An effective response requires a systemic approach that encompasses not only action to enhance health care services but also measures on disease prevention, healthy lifestyles, and the social determinants of health. For the most efficient use of scarce resources, preventive measures must take a more prominent role than before, strengthening the public health elements of health systems, and promoting and advancing health in all policies.

The Division of Health Systems and Public Health supports Member States in revitalizing their public health systems and transforming the delivery of health care services to better respond to the health challenges of the 21st century by: addressing human-resource challenges, improving access to and the quality of medicines, creating sustainable health financing arrangements and implementing effective governance tools for increased accountability and performance assessment. The Division addresses health-workforce challenges on several fronts: governance and planning, migration and retention, and education and training. The work helps health professionals to respond better to people's health care needs, and to put investment in the health workforce high on government agendas.

The WHO Country Office supports the Member State to shape its health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member State and its corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary. The WHO country office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, coordination, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.


Qualification requirements


  • Essential: University degree (Bachelor's level) in medical/health sciences.
  • Desirable: Master's degree in medical / health sciences, or postgraduate training in Public Health or other relevant areas.


  • Essential: At least two years of national professional experience working in health workforce policy and regulation within the health systems sector; e.g. working with the Ministry of Health, academic institutions or international and/or non-governmental organizations.
  • Desirable: Relevant professional experience with(in) the UN system . Experience delivering policy advice on health workforce regulation to strengthen the national health system.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of workforce policies and regulation. Analytical skills.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Russian.
  • Desirable: Expert knowledge of Kyrgyz language.



    The purpose of the post is to provide technical support within the framework of the BCA (Biennial Collaborative Agreement) and within the overall vision outlined in Health 2020 framework adopted by the Regional Committee, in the implementation of the WHO Country Office`s in KGZ core and project related activities, with particular focus on planning, development, implementation and monitoring of key activities in relation to health workforce.With the overall aim to support progress towards Universal Health Coverage and improve the short-, medium-, and long-term approach on sustainable health workforce the incumbent will coordinate and prepare with counterparts (internal and external) specific input to national action plans on human resources for health. The incumbent provides technical support and advice on health workforce policy, planning, data use and implementation; to improve accessibility, availability and delivery of quality health care and services:

    1. Supports the effective implementation of WHO activities aimed at strengthening the human resources for health related functions of the health system, as programmed in the Biannual Collaborative Agreement (BCA), including support to activities on health sector coordination and policy dialogue. To contribute to identification of areas for collaboration with the country, capacity building needs, priority health areas to be addressed by the BCA and projects, and to provide relevant technical support in health workforce related policy and regulation relating to health system strengthening, health sector coordination and intersectoral issues for human resources for health, in collaboration with colleagues as needed.

    2. Supports and promotes multi-sectoral coordination, policy dialogue and collaboration between government ministries, partners and stakeholders on health workforce issues, with emphasis on strengthening existing government-led mechanisms and forums.

    3. Provides technical support to improve the collection, analysis and use of robust workforce data and tools for workforce policy, planning, analysis and research, with a specific emphasis on the adoption and annual reporting on National Health Workforce Accounts.

    4. Supports, facilitates and builds the capacity of key counterparts on detailed health labour market analysis processes, to feed into the development of the national health workforce strategy.

    5. Provides technical support and input to the development of a new multi-sectoral national health workforce strategy, aligned with the 2019-2030 Health Sector Strategy; the global HRH strategy: workforce 2030 and the recommendations of the high-level commission on health employment and economic growth.

    6. Supports and advises on bilateral agreements on health worker mobility aligned to Eurasian Economic Union policy and strategy, with emphasis on managing health worker migration between neighbouring states.

    7. Documents and demonstrates the use of evidence based workforce policies, practices and interventions, in collaboration with government and stakeholders, including the design and application of health workforce assessments, case studies, analytical work and research.

    8. Maintains regular contacts with institutions and associations concerned with regulation of health workforce and overall health sector development, including non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies for exchange of information in evaluation of health system's performance and coordination of activities, including the implementation of sector wide approaches.

    9. Organizes or assists in receiving, giving functional shelter, channelling and supporting all types of WHO presence, visits and missions in the country, and monitor and follow-up the recommendations to ensure change.

    10. Supports the project(s) implementation team and the other staff in the country office in their development and back them up when needed, to ensure a smooth and efficient implementation of BCA.

    11. Performs other duties assigned by the supervisor.



    Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 26,324 (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.
    • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
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    • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
    • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
    • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

    About company

    Kyrgyzstan belongs to the WHO European Region, which comprises 53 countries, covering a vast geographical area from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. WHO/Europe staff are public health, scientific and technical experts, based in the Regional Office in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 6 technical centres and in country offices in 29 Member States.

    In Kyrgyzstan, we have supported the Government for over 25 years - since the country became a WHO Member State in 1992. Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for the people of Kyrgyzstan.

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