Health Policy Advisor (Universal Health Coverage) – Baghdad

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Job Overview

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: One Year (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)

Job Posting

: Jun 1, 2020, 1:47:24 PM

Closing Date

: Jun 23, 2020, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Iraq-Baghdad


: EM_IRQ WHO Representative’s Office, Iraq


: Full-time  

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The Universal Health Coverage Partnership (UHC-P) aims at supporting WHO Member States in the development and implementation of health system strategies for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The UHC-P started in 2011 with seven countries and progressively expanded to sixty six countries in 2018, and more than one hundred fifteen countries are being supported through the 4thround of UHC-P; this round spans from July 2019 to end of 2022 and has thefollowing priority areas: i) strengthening health systems through improving governance, access to medicines and health products, distribution and skills of health workforce, health financing, health management information systems andservice delivery; ii) enabling health systems to integrate and improveperformance of all levels of non-communicable disease prevention, management and care with focus on areas mentioned under (i); (iii) supporting the International Health Partnership for Universal Health Coverage 2030 (UHC2030)to coordinate policy dialogue and alignment between all stakeholders atcountry, regional and global levels; (iv) strengthening health systems toensure durable capacities for risk reduction, surveillance and management ofhealth risks


1. 1. Organize the initiatives for partnering with stakeholders (both international and national) to ensure alliance and result-oriented National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans (NHPSP).2. Consolidate regular bottom-up participatory mechanisms to assess strengths and weaknesses of the health system and promote the priority setting process. 3. Support HWCO for the development of National UHC Roadmap, health systems analytical report, and political economy analysis of UHC in the country. 4. Contribute substantively on the strategic recommendations for health system components, including but not limited to governance, access to medicines and health products, distribution and skills of health workforce, health financing, health management information systems and service delivery.5. Offer fundamental and substantive inputs on designing the country health policy dialogue process, its schedule and its agreed mechanisms including the provision of public information on health policy matters and organize annual reviews, at the critical stages of the national planning cycle.6. In coordination with the HWCO, support the partnering initiatives with governments (at federal and state levels) and national stakeholders on the production of strategic intelligence on the policy environment (stakeholders’ positions and interests, their capacities for meaningful sector policy dialogue) and on a regular policy assessment for the annual reviews.7. Support the alignment between all stakeholders at country level for health systems strengthening while liaising with the HWCO and Director UHC/Health Systems and harnessing the tools, approaches, and knowledge exchange done by the UHC2030 multi-stakeholder platform 8. Under the oversight of the HWCO, lead the discussion between Ministries of Finance, Social Welfare, Labor regarding health financing reforms and the budgeting of health policies in the macroeconomic and fiscal environment ensuring involvement of financial experts and partners in these discussions.9. Assist in the development of consensus on a monitoring and evaluation framework for the NHPSP agreeable for all stakeholders and develop mechanisms to effectively and regularly monitor its indicators including annual reviews preparation and inter-country peer-reviews. 10. Contribute to the advocacy for alignment of international partners with the NHPSP, the national planning and budgeting cycles, the agreed country health policy dialogue mechanisms and schedules and with the established national monitoring mechanisms.11. Under the guidance of the HWCO, collaborate with program managers for non-communicable diseases management and mental health services, reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health services, emergency response and recovery, and ensure cross-programmatic synergies, integration across the levels of care, and alignment with NHPSP goals12. Coordinate production of quarterly and annual implementation reports as essential components of the progress reviews.



Essential: University degree in medicine or public health or health management or health-related field.
Desirable: Master’s degree in medicine orpublic health or health management or health-related field and postgraduate qualification (s) in the areas of health policy, health service delivery, health financing, good governance in medicine.


Essential: At least 5 years of experience in development or coordination of health systems policyand planning at the national level.
Desirable: Relevant work experience with UN or other international organizations.


–>Excellent skills in planning, monitoring and evaluating health systems.–>Excellent skills in health policy analysis for universal health coverage.–>Demonstrated ability to provide sound methodological and technical advice and guidance to multiple stakeholders and partners in countries.–>Demonstrated ability to interact and liaise effectively with multiple interests at the political level at the regional, inter-country and country levels. Demonstrated ability to innovate, integrate, synthesize and communicate complex concepts andideas verbally and in writing.Ability to analyze data and design studies

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

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


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 53,222 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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