National Professional Officer (Health Cluster)

Job Description

National Professional Officer (Health Cluster) - (2404850)  

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Up to one year, to be extended based on the availability of funds, need for the position and performance.
Posting Date: Jul 9, 2024, 1:36:04 AM
Closing Date: Jul 24, 2024, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Yemen-Sana'a
Organization: EM_YEM WHO Representative's Office, Yemen
Schedule: Full-time  

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To ensure that an effective WHO Country presence is established to implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health development agendas and emergency/resilience programs, and harmonized with the United Nations country teams.


A. Humanitarian coordination mechanisms:

1. Facilitate coordination among health partners, including OCHA, UN agencies, NGOs,and observers. Collaborate with local authorities and adhere to standards while managing the technical working group's portfolio.

2. Foster collaboration with other clusters, including Nutrition, WASH, Agriculture and Food Security, Protection, CCCM/Shelter, and Education and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population.

3. Integrate priority cross-cutting issues (human rights, age, gender, environment) using participatory approaches to mainstream the health cluster response and implementation plans, considering the need for local adaptation and promoting gendere quality.

B. Planning and strategy development:

1. Conduct comprehensive health needs assessment and analysis through standardized formats to guide the development of national health plans.

2. Identify health gaps, make recommendations and contribute to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) cycle, including Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework(JIAF), Humanitarian Need Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan(HRP) to ensure their uniform application by all health cluster partners; identify opportunities for capacity building in collaboration with partners.

3. Analyze available information to monitor progress of emergency response overtime.

C. Information Management, Monitoring and reporting:

1. Assist health cluster to develop, adapt and implement an indicators' monitoring framework to ensure adequate implementation of the health cluster plans; empower partners' active involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions. Regularly report on Health Cluster indicators, analyzing gaps and measuring intervention impact.

2. Coordinate Health Cluster reporting using District Health Information System(DHIS), surveys, and partner assessments. Combine health data with sectors like Nutrition, WASH, food security, Protection, and Shelter/Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) to facilitate information sharing .

3. Contribute to the development of a functional information management mechanisms for the health cluster to facilitate information sharing as well as monitoring and reporting; ensure that the health cluster produces and disseminates to partners, donors, government and other stakeholders' regular updates, technical reports, bulletins and briefings on the health status of the affected people, response activities, achievements, challenges and the remedial actions when necessary.

Advocacy and resource mobilization:

1. Identify core advocacy concerns through a consultative process and support advocacy for donor funding and resource mobilization for priority activities in the sector.

2. Review and ensure quality control of health cluster projects submitted for pool funds, CERF, and other funding mechanisms.



  • Essential: First university degree in public health, medicine or international relations, social sciences or related field, from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Post graduate studies or specialized training in emergency management, international aid/studies, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.


  • Essential: At least five years' experience in planning collaborative partnership in emergency/humanitarian operations response at the national level, including experience in managing and coordinating health programmes in chronic and acute, sudden-onset emergencies.
  • Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organization, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health
  • In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN specialized agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.
  • Sound knowledge and experience about disaster prevention and preparedness programs
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 52,100 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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