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  1. Mission: The mission of WHO is to promote the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people. It works to prevent and control diseases, improve access to healthcare, and promote health and well-being globally.
  2. Mandate: WHO’s mandate includes providing leadership on global health matters, setting norms and standards, shaping the research agenda, coordinating responses to health emergencies, and providing technical support to countries.
  3. Objectives: WHO has several objectives, including promoting health equity, strengthening health systems, promoting health security, enhancing preparedness and response to emergencies, and advocating for universal health coverage.
  4. Focus Areas: WHO works in various areas of public health, including communicable diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis), noncommunicable diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases), maternal and child health, mental health, nutrition, environmental health, and more.
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  6. Partnerships: WHO collaborates with governments, other United Nations agencies, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to address global health challenges and achieve its goals.
  7. Research and Innovation: WHO supports and promotes research to advance scientific knowledge in the field of public health. It also encourages innovation in healthcare delivery, technology, and interventions.
  8. Health Regulations: WHO develops international health regulations to prevent the spread of diseases across borders and to ensure coordinated responses to health emergencies.
  9. Country Support: WHO provides technical assistance and support to member countries, helping them strengthen their health systems, improve healthcare delivery, and address public health priorities.
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Why work at WHO

  1. Global Impact: WHO is a leading international organization in the field of public health. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to contribute to improving the health and well-being of people worldwide. Your work can have a direct and significant impact on addressing global health challenges and saving lives.
  2. Public Health Leadership: WHO plays a crucial role in setting global health policies, standards, and guidelines. By working at WHO, you can be part of the team that shapes the global health agenda, influences policies, and drives innovation in public health practices.
  3. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: WHO brings together professionals from various fields, including medicine, epidemiology, public health, policy, research, and more. Working at WHO allows you to collaborate with experts and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, fostering interdisciplinary approaches and learning from a wide range of perspectives.
  4. Global Network: WHO operates in multiple countries and maintains strong partnerships with governments, international organizations, academia, and civil society. Working at WHO provides opportunities to engage with this global network, collaborate with renowned institutions, and contribute to international health initiatives.
  5. Emergency Response and Preparedness: WHO plays a critical role in responding to health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Working at WHO means being part of a team that mobilizes resources, coordinates responses, and supports countries in crisis situations, making a difference in saving lives and mitigating the impact of emergencies.
  6. Professional Development: WHO offers a range of learning and development opportunities for its staff. Working at WHO allows you to enhance your skills, expand your knowledge in public health, and develop expertise in specific areas through training programs, workshops, and access to a vast knowledge network.
  7. Diversity and Inclusion: WHO values diversity and strives to create an inclusive work environment. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives, promoting cross-cultural understanding and fostering an inclusive organizational culture.
  8. Work-Life Balance: WHO emphasizes work-life balance and supports flexible working arrangements. It recognizes the importance of maintaining personal well-being and offers policies and initiatives to support the well-being of its staff.
  9. Professional Networking: Working at WHO provides excellent networking opportunities. You can connect with experts, policymakers, and professionals in the field of public health from around the world, which can broaden your professional network and open doors to future career opportunities.
  10. Commitment to Ethical Values: WHO is guided by a strong commitment to ethical values, including integrity, transparency, and accountability. Working at WHO allows you to contribute to upholding these values in your work and contribute to the organization’s mission with a sense of purpose and integrity.

Details on the post

Programme Management Officer – CPCP – (2403801)

Grade: P3
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Two years
Job Posting: May 22, 2024, 5:33:32 AM
Closing Date: Jun 11, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Maldives-Male
Organization: SE_MAV WR Office, Maldives
Schedule: Full-time


Under the overall guidance and supervision of WHO Representative to Maldives (WR), technical guidance from Planning Officer of RO, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-Maldives biennial workplans in accordance with WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy with Maldives, as part of the WCO-Maldives office, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities: the incumbent will work as a member of the WHO Country Office team. S/he is expected to perform the duties and responsibilities with a high degree of initiative and minimum supervision. S/he will work in close collaboration with government counterparts, relevant stakeholders, UN, international and national organizations, etc. with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-Maldives biennial work plans in accordance with WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

  • Support and promote technical dialogue between the WHO country office and WHO regional office during strategic and operational planning, including the country cooperation strategy
  • Coordinate and provide support to the head of the WHO country office and senior staff on the implementation of the one-planning and monitoring approach anchored in the country cooperation agreement at the country level.
  • Coordinate the overall results-based management of the country office, including grants management, budget, work planning, and allocation to ensure the effective execution of the WHO country office public health programmes.
  • Collaborate with resources mobilization focal point on resources mobilization activities. Ensure appropriate use of funds, especially the thematic funding and specified voluntary contributions (VCS) to achieve results.
  • Administer the planning, inclusion of critical programme performance measures, monitoring, analysis, and reporting of programme initiatives for the country office for quality results and strategic decision making including in emergency settings.
  • Prepare related elements for briefings, proposals, reports, communications, and advocacy documents required for strategic decision-making.
  • Organize various programme management meetings, capacity-building programmes, and relevant activities, supporting and ensuring follow-up on agreed action points with relevant stakeholders.
  • Administer the implementation of flexible and creative solutions to deficiencies in WHO country office management processes, towards enhanced results-based management, in line with the standard operating procedures (SOPs). Propose revisions to corporately generated SOPs.
  • Work closely with the health policy adviser or specialist to promote integrated approaches and cross-programme collaboration throughout the results-based management cycle.
  • Administer the capacity-building programme or initiatives of the country office for all results- based management processes and tools.
  • Apply the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF)to analyse and document. WHO performance while ensuring the implementation of remedial programme management actions for effective emergency-response, health interventions.



Essential: A university degree(bachelor’s) in a relevant field (such as public health, public administration, management, administration). For those who do not hold a degree in public administration, management, administration or similar, an accredited academic course, training and/or certification in programme planning or development implementation or monitoring and evaluation is required.

Desirable: An advanced university degree (master’s level or above) in public health, public administration, management, administration, or related field.


Essential: A minimum of five years of work experience relevant to the position (providing programme or project management services in public-sector, international development or public health programmes).

Desirable: Experience in programme management. Experience of WHO processes and policies. Some of the above- listed experience to have been obtained at an international level.


Delivering public health programmes Facilitating strategic planning processes. Results-based management/ work planning, monitoring and evaluation. Analytical skills and logical thinking. Excellent oral and written communication, including for reports, presentations and technical documents. Quantitative and qualitative analysis

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English language


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 64,121 (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 2581 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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