Category Host entity Country
Health Policy, Practice and Management Specialist Int. Specialist WHO Rwanda

Health Policy, Practice and Management Specialist

Health Policy, Practice and Management Specialist

International Specialist
Host entity
Location, Country
Kigali (RWA)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
20 September 2021
12 months with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

The Rwanda health priorities are aligned to the global and regional policies and commitments, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030), African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, East African Community Vision 2050, Abuja Declaration (2005), Paris Declaration (2005), the Accra Agenda for Action (2008) and the Busan Declaration (2011). Furthermore, they are also well aligned to the Nation policy documents such as EDPRSIII, Vision 2050 and the current Health Sector Strategic Plan IV.

The mentioned National Health Strategies adhere to the Universal Health Coverage principles (UHC) towards realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All Strategies are designed in anticipation to the epidemiological transition of the country, the increase in population, life expectancy and the expected increase of the health needs of the elderly and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

To this end, WHO is responsible for supporting Rwanda through the Ministry of Health in strengthening the various health system components (policies, resources and management), and ensuring effective governance of the health sector (decentralization, partnership, and aid effectiveness).

Under the direct supervision of WHO Representative and the Health System Strengthening Technical Advisor, the UN Volunteer - Public Health Policy, Practice and Management Specialist will undertake the following tasks:

Policy and research

  • Support the SDG domestication work of WHO Rwanda;
  • Assist with review of the literature on the SDGs and health and development of innovative strategies for accelerated attainment of the health-related SDGs;
  • Contribute to building the capacity of Ministry of Health, partners, WHO Country Office staff etc., on health system strengthening especially in the areas of human resources for health;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of ongoing health-related SDG domestication activities;
  • Contribute to the review and development of a new WHO Rwanda country cooperation strategy;
  • Assist in coordination of WHO’s participation in the delivering as one UN activities including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UNDAF;
  • Assist with research, generation of evidence, and its use for decision making;
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of the WHO Rwanda biennial plans;
  • Provide public health policy advice and guidance to the WHO Country Office and Ministry of Health as required;
  • Collaborate with and support other WHO Country priority programmes in articulating effective health policies, strategies, and guidelines.

Coordination and partnerships

  • Build partnerships and proactively engage development partners, health stakeholders, Local Government, national and international NGOs, Community Based and other Civil Society Organizations;
  • Support WHO Country Offices work on health governance through strengthening leadership, and coordination roles (Health Sector Working Groups - HSWG, Technical Working Groups - TWGs, Joint Sector reviews, etc.);

Required degree level
Master degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Degree in Medicine, Public health, Health Policy or related field;

Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark

At least 2-5 years working in Public Health, Policy Formulation and Programme Monitoring and Evaluation; Previous working experience with WHO or another International Organization will be an added advantage;

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Public health
Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 29 July 2021