Executive Officer at WHO

World Health Organization (WHO)

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Executive Officer at WHO

Executive Officer at WHO

Executive Officer

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration: 1 Year
Job Posting: Mar 20, 2024
Closing Date: Apr 3, 2024
Primary Location: Nigeria-Abuja
Organization: World Health Organization and Other Entities
Schedule: Full-time


The primary objective of this role is to ensure the effective establishment of WHO Country presence to implement WHO Country Cooperation Strategies aligned with member States’ health agendas and harmonized with the United Nations country team.


Under the overall guidance of the WHO Country Representative and direct supervision of the Operations officer, the incumbent will:

  1. Oversee and provide senior executive-level support to the WHO Country Representative, ensuring timely delivery of outputs, preparation of regular communications between the WR and various clusters, and analyzing information to identify priorities and initiate responses.

  2. Provide senior-level advice and guidance to the WHO Country Representative on the technical and programmatic content of the work plan, program budgets, and edit correspondence and other documentation prepared for the WHO Country Representative’s signature.

  3. Manage steps and procedures related to grant management, engaging with stakeholders and cross-functional teams to ensure alignment and optimum outcomes for effective grant management and performance.

  4. Ensure the substantive technical preparation and organization of briefings and consultations attended by the WHO Country Representative, liaising with clusters, states, zonal offices, government partners, and international organizations concerning the WHO Country Representative’s agenda.

  5. Perform quality check functions on GSM transactions reassigned or on request for the Country Representative’s approval.

  6. Provide project management in respect of activities and priorities of the office of the WR, assist with initiatives under his/her responsibility in relation to the implementation and executive management of the office, and supervise and participate in meetings organized by various clusters at the WCO.

  7. Support the WHO Country Representative in the preparation of briefing documents/materials, papers, and reports for use on official trips and meetings.

  8. Attend meetings with the WHO Country Representative, prepare reports, and ensure timely and efficient follow-up on the implementation of agreed actions.

  9. Support the organization of meetings of Committees or Boards chaired by the WR, keep updated records on all events/meetings, and organize reminders of key actors.

  10. Create and update on a monthly basis the master list of key activities of WCO that will include the events of partners that require WHO attention/participation and share it with the Cluster heads, technical, and administrative officers.

  11. Assist in the preparation of quarterly and annual reports of the WCO activities by compiling contributions and maintain the list of addresses for documentation sharing internally and externally.

  12. Coordinate the administrative services of the Country Representative’s Office.

  13. Perform any other duties that may be assigned.



  • Essential: University degree in public health. Candidates with a university degree in business or public administration, social sciences, or a related field may apply provided they have at least five years of relevant work experience in an international health organization from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Specialized training in planning, results-based management, and/or project management would be an asset, and knowledge of WHO Planning, Budgeting, and Monitoring framework would be an asset. Knowledge of WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) would be additional.


  • Essential: At least five years’ related experience at the national level in program management in a public health context.
  • Desirable: Prior relevant experience working with the WHO, other UN Agency, or health-sector international Organization in planning, monitoring, and evaluation. Experience in emergency settings would be an asset.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of automated planning tools would be an asset.

WHO Competencies:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Producing results
  5. Knowing and managing yourself

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of the local language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at NGN 28,030,973 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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