Deadline: 19 June, 2022

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

World Health Organsation (WHO) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Public Health Officer, Health Systems Resilience (SSA).

The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.


  • Provide cutting-edge technical assistance in strengthening resilience of health systems and strategies for building sustainable approaches to pandemic preparedness and response
  • Support global, national and provincial experiences and best practices
  • Support stakeholder coordination and consultations, collate feedback and update the strategy based on emerging evidence, expert opinions, national and WHO guidelines
  • Provide technical assistance to priority health system initiatives related to universal health coverage and health security, particularly the National Health Insurance (NHI), National Public Health Institute of South Africa (NAPHISA)
  • Support implementation of various health systems-strengthening initiatives, plans and strategies for health workforce, health information systems and essential medicines, with an overarching aim of building resilient health systems
  • Provide evidence-informed methodical approach aligned with WHO norms and standards for phased reduction and resumption in service provision based on pandemic phase/alert levels
  • Monitor health service coverage and produce regular reports with up-to-date disaggregated data and trends, suggesting key recommendations for improving coverage of various medical, surgical, diagnostic and public health services pertaining to key health programmes
  • Participate in regular coordination meetings with national and or subnational (province and district) WHO incident management teams and partners
  • Ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of ‘building back better’ into the Covid-19 recovery plan
  • Actively participate in the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of the Covid-19 situation, recommending appropriate actions and innovative approaches for resetting health systems
  • Contribute to the preparation of other WHO and health systems communication products (situation reports, health cluster bulletins, donor alerts, and other ad hoc reports)
  • Perform any other health systems-strengthening duties, as required, by the functional supervisor


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or above) in Public Health, Medicine, International Health or a related field
  • Specialised training in Health Policies, Health System Recovery, or Health Emergencies
  • Seven years, minimum, of relevant experience at national or international level in developing health policies and strategies, provision of health care services, managing health programmes, developing and promoting collaborative partnerships, including experience in coordinating implementation and monitoring and evaluation of health programmes in multicultural context
  • Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, government, relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organisations
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Working knowledge of another South African language
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent presentation skills

To apply and for more information, click here.

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