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Job Summary
Grade: P2, Entry Professional
Employment Type: Temporary
Occupation: Human Resources
Location: Amman (Jordan)
Closing Date: 5 Jan 2020


The objectives of WHO’s emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO’s emergency response team are to support Member States by: 1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; 2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.


1) Ensures full compliance of HR activities with WHO rules and regulations, policies, procedures and strategies; effective implementation of the internal control and functioning of the HR management system;2) Advises WHO Representative (WR) and staff on all aspects of HR policies and procedures including proper use of contractual modalities 3) Under the guidance of the WHO Representative and in close collaboration with the Regional Office, provides substantive input to HR planning and forecasting of the staffing needs of the Country Office (CO) and facilitate and monitor the recruitment of non-staff (Agreement for Performance of Work (APW), Special Service Agreement (SSA), etc…) 4) Leads WHO CO selection processes including drafting position descriptions establishment of positions in Global Management System (GSM), issuance of vacancy announcements, screening of candidates, interview panels and related activities5) Work closely with HRS/EMRO to ensure the timeliness of emergency and non-emergency contracts 6) Develops and manages rosters for local positions;7) Provides orientation programmes and briefing to newcomers8) Monitors contract’s expiry dates for staff and non-staff, initiates and follows up on requests for extensions9) Assists supervisors and staff in understanding and using the performance appraisal system and provides performance management advice to staff & managers; flags any issues to the Regional Office10) Reports to the Regional Office on Danger pay, Location verification, Dependency verification and other HR issues as required 11) Provides information and analysis of CO’s training and learning needs, facilitates local training and participation of CO staff in the Regional training activities.12) Acts as a liaison between the Regional Office and the WHO CO on all HR related matters.



Essential: University degree in human resources management, public or business administration (and related areas), industrial relations, law, psychology or other relevant degree or equivalent with a relevant combination of professional and academic qualifications.
Desirable: Hands on experience with UN System HR policies, best practices and procedures within the context of emergency situations


Essential: At least two years’ experience in human resources management services or positions involving HR management in the field and/or emergency response situations.
Desirable: Experience in WHO, the UN System or an international organization/institution as advantage.


1) Proven knowledge of human resources management practices in a multicultural environment in particular the effective management of human resources planning, application and implementation of human resources policies, rules and regulations, selection and recruitment in emergency response situations, as well as organizational analysis, staff relations and conflict management, performance management and staff development. 2) Strong knowledge of HR Management policies and practices in the UN Common System3) Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to convey written information in an effective manner.4) Sound analytical and organizational skills, with the ability to promote consensus, guide, motivate and advise others. 5) Tact, discretion and diplomacy.6) Proven ability to work and produce results under pressure.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

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


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 47,322 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1798 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.

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