Primary Health Care has long been recognized as the path to universal health coverage and the achievement of health for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has further reaffirmed the importance of PHC-oriented health systems for health system resilience, health security, and economic prosperity. Indeed, a central lesson emerging from the pandemic is that investments in PHC-oriented health systems are not simply the most equitable – but also the most efficient – means to simultaneously advance toward health security, universal health coverage, and the other health-related SDG targets.
On Universal Health Coverage Day in December 2021, WHO launched the South-East Asia Regional Strategy for Primary Health Care, 2022 – 2030. The SEAR PHC Strategy seeks to support the SEAR Member States realize the ‘once-in-a-century opportunity to enable PHC-oriented transformation of the health system in the Region, as envisioned by the Declaration of Health Ministers on Covid-19 and Measures to ‘Build Back Better.
Strengthening PHC-orientation of health systems is an expressed priority for all countries in the SEA Region, and as such a leading priority for SEARO’s Department of UHC/Health Systems.
The WHO Director-General has also made “Reorientation of health systems towards Primary Health Care” one of his five strategic priorities.
This position will be fundamental to operationalizing the SEAR PHC Strategy, with a focus on supporting the SEAR Member States in advancing and monitoring PHC-orientation of their health systems.
Duration: Tentative start date: 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024 (2 years)
Duty Station: New Delhi, India
Program/Department: Department of UHC/Health Systems
The objective of the WHO Programme/Department:
1. The overall goal of the UHC/Health Systems department is to strengthen health systems in ways that will advance universal health coverage (UHC) and therefore progress towards the health Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs 2030) in the eleven SEAR Member States, with an increased focus on reaching vulnerable populations, through the following strategic directions:
2. Building back health systems in the context of COVID based on a strong primary health care foundation for resilience and rapid progress towards UHC.
3. Strengthening primary health care systems and services as well as adapting primary health care services to changing needs, backed up by appropriate care at the secondary and tertiary levels, with attention to safety, quality, and equity – including gender;
4. Systematically addressing social, economic, environmental, and commercial determinants of health through evidence-informed public policies and actions across all sectors;
5. Empowering people, families, and communities to take control of their health, as advocates for policies that promote and protect the health, as co-developers of health and social services through social and community participation, and as self-carers and caregivers to others; and
6. Ensuring people’s main health problems are addressed through comprehensive promotive, protective, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative care throughout the life course, strategically prioritizing key services aimed at the population (e.g., public health functions) and personal services (e.g., primary care) as the central elements of integrated service delivery across all levels of care.
First Level: RA HRH, TO-PHC
Second Level: Coordinator, Integrated Health Services
Terms of reference:
Under the overall guidance of the Coordinator, Integrated Health Services, Department of UHC/Health Systems, and under the direct supervision of the Regional Advisor, HRH /Technical Officer, Primary Health Care, the JPP will support the Department in the following areas:
- Support for the dissemination, operationalization, and monitoring of the SEA Regional PHC Strategy, including coordination across health systems areas and programs for a comprehensive approach to PHC.
- Support the establishment and maintenance of a Regional Partners Forum for Primary Health Care-oriented Health Systems, with a focus on facilitating implementation-related knowledge exchange, strengthening coordination among PHC actors, and driving PHC-related action in the Region.
- Support the biennial progress report on the RC 74 Ministerial Declaration, including documentation of experiences on PHC-oriented action in SEAR countries.
- Capacity assistance to SEAR WHO Country Offices and the Member States on areas of a specific request.
- Support for the operationalization of HQ-led initiatives and tools, including as related to the five strategic shifts envisioned by the WHO Director-General’s Scoping Paper.
- Assistance with meetings and webinars including preparation of background documents and reports.
- Any other task as assigned and when required.
Essential: Master’s degree in public health
Desirable: Degree in public policy from a reputed University
Minimum: At least two years of experience in primary health care at the national level
Desirable: At least one year of work experience at the international level in public health / primary health care setting
Age: Below 35 years
Skills required for the assignment:
- Be fluent in written and spoken English
- Computer literacy in standard software applications
- Have the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs which includes the willingness to understand and be tolerant of different opinions and views
WHO competencies required for the assignment:
3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
4. Producing results
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
Budget: The JPP candidate will be recruited for two years. The cost will be by SEARO using HSD PTAEO. The position is planned in the current biennium.