Unit Head
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland
vor 2 Tg.


The Research for Health Department sits within the Science Division. The overall mission of the Science Division is to harness the power of science and innovation to improve health in a systematic way, by ensuring the excellence, relevance and efficiency of WHO's core technical functions, including norms and standards and research.

Within this Division, the specific purpose of the Research for Health department is to accelerate the impact of ethical, evidence-based research for people's health.

Its mandate is structured around three key roles :

  • 1) to provide leadership on matters related to the impact of research on people's health around the world;
  • 2) to ensure that ethics is central to WHO's recommendations to countries, to public health programmes and for clinical practice, with the aim of maximizing benefits while mitigating risks;
  • 3) to secure the overall efficiency and impact of the WHO research process.

    The Research for Health Department is made up of three teams :

    1) Emerging technologies, research prioritisation & support,

    2) Health ethics & governance, and

    3) Evidence to policy and impact.


  • Provides technical leadership, coordination and managerial support within the Department / Programme, in the Unit of Evidence to Impact ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the implementation of WHO strategies, programs and activities for evidence translation and policy development in the area of health research and R&D, including the strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles.
  • Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a small team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.
  • Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables.
  • Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
  • Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in policy development in the area of health research and R&D to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and / or National policies.
  • Represents the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for policy development and evidence translation in the area of health research and R&D.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.
  • Specific duties

  • Oversees a unit of technical teams specialized in various domains within their area of expertise and facilitates the efficient flow of team synergies.
  • Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing evidence to policy translation and engages in capacity building in translation of evidence.


    Essential : An advanced level university degree in Public Health or a related field to the position.

    Desirable : A PhD in a related discipline.


    Essential : A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of health policy development and evidence translation field including experience in the area of health policies and strategies.

    Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

    Desirable : Experience of work in international organizations.


  • Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health / disease control programmes.
  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies.
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Good skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders.
  • Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.

  • A strong understanding of evidence translation issues in research and development related areas.
  • Teamwork

    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


    Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

    Moving forward in a changing environment

    Creating an empowering and motivating environment

    Use of Language Skills

    Essential : Expert knowledge of English.

    Desirable : Intermediate 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 87,108 (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 5488 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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