Field Coordination Specialist at World Health Organization (WHO) – May 2024

Field Coordination Specialist


The objective of the programme is to strengthen the deconcentration of the WHO country office in Kenya at the field level – Counties. This deconcentration allows WHO to strengthen its effectiveness through the coordination of partners, the capacity of County health systems to cope with preparedness, mitigation and response to public health emergencies. In addition, this deconcentration will enable the WHO country office to contribute to the strengthening of the health system at both the county level in general.


In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), the incumbent manages the Health Cluster coordination mechanism in the relevant sub-national, emergency context, with all relevant partners and project staff. Coordinates and guides the technical and operational inputs, including resources mobilization, to fulfill WHO’s critical functions, in collaboration with the WHO Health Cluster Coordinator and the Health Emergencies’ Team Lead. Technically leads the health cluster’s systematic identification and monitoring of health risks and needs, as well as the planning and implementation of the most effective prevention, control, and response strategy and measures, in support of national and local health authorities’ identified priorities. Guides the building of national capacity through need identification, and development, operationalization and implementation of required training plans. Guides the WHO’s field support team on continued self-assessment and learning on planning, budgeting, and operational service delivery. Determines staffing needs for WHO response and ensures their timely mobilization in liaison with the WHO country office. Briefs the WHO country office on situation reports and events, bringing concerns and recommended courses-of-action to the attention of the Incident Manager. Perform all other related duties as assigned by the direct supervisors and the WHO Deputy Representative.



  • Essential: An advanced university degree in public health or public-health discipline, management, emergency, humanitarian, disaster management or related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Specialized training in emergency management;specific training in humanitarian response.


  • Essential: A minimum of seven years of work experience relevant to the position (public-health management and operations with public, national, and international, nongovernmental, or humanitarian organizations), with some of it obtained in an international work environment. A minimum of two years of relevant experience in emergency management/response and leadership at the international level. Substantial experience in capacity building in a developing country. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships especially in emergency contexts.
  • Desirable: Experience in coordinating and implementing public health strategies with WHO and/or United Nations agencies, health clusterpartners in emergency settings.


Demonstrated knowledge of public-health, and rapid response operations including the international emergency incident management system. Mastery of the theory, principles, methods, and techniques in the international emergency incident management system. Strong interpersonal skills, including tact and a collaborative work style. Knowledge of the country’s public health context, policies, and priorities. Skills to maintain focus in crisis situations.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.

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