Coordinator Info, Evidence and Research

Geneva, Switzerland
Apply by 30 March 2018
Executive-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 9 March 2018

Job Description


The Department of Information, Evidence and Research (IER) is part of the Health Metrics and Measurement (HMM) Cluster and aims to strengthen the availability, accessibility, quality, reliability and use of health information and public health research among Member States and health development partners. This should result in improved information for evidence-based decision-making resulting at all levels, allowing better health services content and quality, as well as targeting, in the context of universal health coverage. HMM focuses on three of the six WHO core functions, including monitoring the health situation and assessing trends; shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; and setting norms and standards, and promoting their implementation.

In addition to the Director’s office the department is composed of the following units: Mortality and Health Analysis and Data Standards (MHA), Research, Ethics and Knowledge Management (REK) and Global Platform for Measurement for Accountability (GPM). The MHA unit is responsible for several critical functions related to data and statistics within WHO:

1) produce cross-cutting analyses to inform global monitoring of the health situation and trends, including the SDGs and UHC;

2) ensure the quality of global health estimates produced by WHO-HQ through a statistical clearance process and provide high-level analytical support to programmes;

3) maintain the global systematic collection of data on causes of death from all countries, provide clearance of all WHO health estimates, analytical support to departments and regional offices;

4) maintain and update data standards, notably classifications and terminologies, and contribute to further development of the field of public health informatics within WHO.


Under the overall guidance of the ADG/HMM and direct supervision of the IER Director, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

1. Develop and implement a renewed WHO vision and strategy on health data analysis, with a focus on mortality and cause of death statistics.

2. Lead and coordinate WHO’s work on monitoring the global health situation and trends, including the production of the annual World Health Statistics and other analytical reports, with a focus on the SDGs, and the technical clearance function for global health estimates.

3. Provide technical and managerial leadership to WHO’s work in health data standards including classifications, both within and outside WHO, including developing and maintaining the ICD and related classifications, as well as strategic development of the field of public health informatics.

4. Liaise, collaborate and provide technical support to HQ departments, regional and country offices on health data standards and analyses.

5 Lead and contribute to the writing and analyses of scientific papers relevant to the WHO priorities in the field of data standards and health analyses.

6. Collaborate with lead global institutions and individuals in the relevant field, including the network of collaborating centres for classifications.

7. Provide expertise to Member States in the implementation of standards, classifications, terminologies and the application of information technology for health data.

8. Plan, manage and monitor the programme of work, priorities and activities of the unit’s staff.

9. Guide and supervise staff of the unit, seek and advocate professional excellence and career development for the team.

10. Lead resource mobilization efforts in support of projects and activities within the unit and monitor the use of the unit’s resources.

11. Undertake any other duties which may be assigned according to the needs of the WHO.


Essential: Advanced university degree (Master’s) in statistics, epidemiology, demography, health sciences, medical or other disciplines with relevant statistical or data analytic content.
Desirable: PhD in epidemiology, demography, biostatistics or related quantitative field.


Essential: At least 15 years’ experience at national and international levels in monitoring health situation and trends. At least 3 years of experience in working with networks, managing diverse stakeholders and presentation of options for senior officials. Strong track record of publication of peer-reviewed articles and reports, relevant to the subject areas.
Desirable: At least 5 years of practical experience in management and leadership of teams working on public health or related field. Familiarity with and productive contacts with academic and national institutions. At least 5 years work experience in developing countries. Strong insights and experience with the development or use of international classifications and public health informatics.


In addition to the competencies listed above, also the following competency is important for this position: ‘Promoting innovation and organizational learning’.

Broad knowledge in health data and statistics including at the global level; comprehensive understanding of the field of global monitoring of health situation and trends with in-depth knowledge of low and middle income country situation and needs; proven ability to lead and motivate effectively and harmoniously a team of professionals and a track record of effective engagement with high-level stakeholders of governments, academic institutions and others; proven and strong track record of knowledge and abilities to conduct scientific analysis and produce peer reviewed articles, and other analyses that synthesize diverse health data.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of one of the other UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).