- Organization: WHO
- Location: Philippines
- Job Type: Consultancy
- Job Title: Innovation and Research
- Close on: 26 Mar 2023
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. It was founded on April 7, 1948, with the goal of promoting health, preventing diseases, and improving healthcare systems worldwide.
WHO’s primary functions include setting global health standards, promoting research and information sharing, providing technical assistance to countries, coordinating international responses to disease outbreaks and emergencies, and providing leadership and advocacy on critical public health issues.
WHO is composed of 194 member states and is governed by the World Health Assembly, which meets annually to set policies and approve budgets. The organization is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has six regional offices around the world.
WHO has played a critical role in global health initiatives, including the eradication of smallpox and the control of polio, malaria, and HIV/AIDS. It has also been instrumental in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing guidance on prevention and treatment, coordinating research efforts, and supporting vaccine distribution.
About UN Jobs-Innovation and Research
to assist WHO in creating and putting into practice the Regional Innovation Strategy and key initiatives for Member States to improve their innovation capacity.
In response to the Regional Director’s white paper “For the Future,” the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) established the Data, Strategy, and Innovation (DSI) Group in 2019. The DSI Group focuses on innovation, data, and strategic engagement with nations on health system change. The mission of the Innovation and Research unit (INR) under DSI is to assist Member States in leveraging innovation to create health systems that are fit for the future.
Innovation for health is already happening in a myriad of ways across the region. The COVID-19 pandemic has further shown that government institutions can play a profound role in fostering and diffusing innovation through policy deliberation and creation of an enabling environment. There is no lack of innovation in the region, but there are roadblocks to scaling it up: innovation takes time, effort and investment that can be hard to prioritize over established solutions. Better governance of innovation and establishment of adequate mechanisms to strategically and systematically identify, evaluate and prepare viable solutions for amplifying innovation are needed.
The selected consultant will provide technical support in the development of a compendium of innovation case studies and other related activities pertinent to the development of the Regional Innovation Strategy, as well as the development of innovation capacity building programmes in collaboration with relevant technical teams.
UN Jobs-Innovation and Research Requirments
- a postgraduate degree in a related subject, such as business administration, international relations, social science, health technology, or public health
- At least 5 years of relevant work experience including health innovation, operational reseatch and capacity building programme within an international context
- Experience in project management and people management is an asset.
How to Apply?
- Review job descriptions: Read the job description carefully to ensure that you meet the qualifications and experience required for the job.
- Prepare your application: Prepare your application, including your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter. Be sure to highlight your relevant skills and experience.
- Submit your application: Submit your application online through the WHO Careers website. You will need to create an account and upload your documents. Be sure to submit your application before the deadline.
- Wait for a response: You may receive a confirmation email once your application has been received. The hiring process can take several weeks or months, so be patient and wait for a response from WHO.
It’s also worth noting that WHO often has internship and volunteer opportunities available, which can be a great way to gain experience and learn more about the organization. You can find information on these opportunities on the WHO Careers website as well.