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Unit Head (Learning Design and Production)


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Job Description

  • Country: Lyon, France
  • No of vacancies: N/A
  • Salary: USD 92,731
  • Organization: WHO
  • Gender: Both 
  • Deadline: 2024-01-03


  • Provides technical leadership, coordination and managerial support within the Unit, in the area of learning design and production ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • Develops and proposes technical policies and strategies and provide advice for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices.
  • Oversees a unit of technical teams specialized in various domains within their area of expertise and facilitates the efficient flow of team synergies.
  • Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficiently managing staff and budget to optimize the programme’s deliverables in line with the mandate of the Academy.
  • Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of programme deliverables.
  • Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
  • Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in the learning design and production to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.
  • Represents the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for learner-centered and competency-based lifelong learning.
  • Provides technical leadership and oversight for the continuous optimization of a robust and high-performance agile learning product development and improvement cycle for all learning programmes in close coordination with other teams within the Department.
  • Provides technical and strategic direction on the engagement of learners, subject matter experts, patients, communities and other key stakeholders in the co-design and improvement of the Academy’s learning programmes.
  • Leads a needs-based, systematic and evidence-informed approach to optimize the use of learning technologies and innovations in the design and development of competency-based lifelong learning.
  • Contributes to the development of the global health learning ecosystem including the WHO Academy, WHO collaborating centers and other partner institutions.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in education, adult learning, learning technologies or field related to the functions of the position.
Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.



  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of digital and blended adult learning programmes.
  • Experience in learning design and production.
  • Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources.
  • A minimum of two years demonstrated relevant experience at the international level.


  • Experience in building partnerships with Academic, research and/or strategic institutions.
  • Experience working within the UN.
  • Experience working in learning design applied in a health-related field.
  • Experience in leading transformation initiatives in digital learning.
  • Experience in competency-based learning approaches.


  • Concrete skills in the design, development and evaluation of competency-based adult learning programmes.
  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing adult learning polices and strategies.
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Good skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with internal stakeholders and external partners including education and learning institutions, Academia, Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders.
  • Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the adult learning and learning technologies and innovations area.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

  • Intermediate knowledge of French.
  • Intermediate knowledge of another official WHO language.


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 92,731 (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 3717 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.


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