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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HIS/FT433
Title: Health Systems Adviser (Legal)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 8 August 2014
Application Deadline: 29 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) /
HQ/HGF Health Systems Governance and Financing (HQ/HGF)
HQ/HGS - Health Sys Governance, Policy & Aid Effectiveness
The Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) cluster mission includes fostering innovation for better health and supporting Member States to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by strengthening health systems and innovative approaches. Policy dialogue, informed by best evidence and systematic learning, and supported by capacity strengthening, aims to improve equity in health, access, coverage, quality and efficiency of health services.The mission of the department of Health Systems Governance and Financing (HGF) within the HIS cluster is to support member countries to develop and/or sustain National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans and health financing systems that ensure access to needed health services while avoiding catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment of people as a result of seeking care. This will be achieved through policy support to countries, with development of tools and information to feed into the policy process, and with appropriate capacity development activities in search of achieving UHC. The mission of the Health Systems Governance, Policies and Aid Effectiveness unit (HGS) within the HGF department is to enable Member States to improve equity in health, access, coverage and quality of health services through the development, implementation and monitoring of robust National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans. This is done through policy dialogue informed by sound evidence, systematic learning and capacity building. The main functions of the HGS unit are to provide global leadership and strategic direction for WHO in relation to strengthening of national health policies strategies and plans, health systems governance and aid effectiveness. This includes an essential laws, rules and regulation component.
Description of duties:
- Develop tools/methodologies to assess National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans (NHPSP) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) legal frameworks (laws, rules and regulation, regulatory mechanisms, institutions and procedures); assess the legal feasibility of NHPSP reform processes towards UHC;
- Develop recommendations regarding laws and regulation, regulatory mechanisms, institutions and procedures including Monitoring and Evaluation mechanisms needed to ensure an enabling legal framework for national health reforms towards Universal Health Coverage;
- Oversee the development of a guidance document for WHO Member States on rules, regulation and regulatory mechanisms, institutions and procedures related to national health policies, strategies and plans towards UHC. Based on practical country experiences, this guidance document will also include a strong focus on processes and types of engagement needed to develop effective legal frameworks National Health Reforms towards Universal Health Coverage;
- Develop a comprehensive roster of consultants specialized in health laws and regulation (covering WHO main linguistic/legally homogeneous groups of countries); an expert panel on health laws and regulation to provide sound legal backstopping for the development of tools and guidance documents; a WHO corporate network (countries, regions and HQ clusters and departments) , on health legal framework (regional and HQ focal points);
- Support countries to assess and update/develop health legal frameworks in line with NHPSP towards UHC¬;
- Contribute to the NHPSP database through collection and regular update of country legal relevant documents related to NHPSP and UHC;
- Represent WHO at interagency, international, regional, and national meetings related to the area;
- Perform all other activities requested by the Coordinator.
An advanced-level university degree in law or an academic field relevant to the position.

PhD in law (with specialization in administrative, constitutional or international law), public health or equivalent health related degree.
- Knowledge of legal health frameworks, including Laws, Rules and Regulation, Regulatory institutions, mechanisms and procedures in various settings including low and middle income countries.
- Knowledge of Health Systems, Universal Health Coverage, National Policies, Strategies and Plans, and Aid Effectiveness principles.
- Knowledge of how to advice National Counterparts on legal framework issues.
- Computer literacy in standard office applications.

WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Knowing and managing yourself
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
At least 10 years of experience in the area of administrative, constitutional or international law with academia, law firms, governments and/or international organizations; Experience in legal frameworks and sectoral reforms in countries (in more than one country and preferably in the health sector).

Experience within UN or other International Organizations. Experience in legal health frameworks in low and middle income countries.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80'887 at single rate
USD 87'069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 106.2 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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