Technical Officer (Legislation and Regulation)

World Health Organization - Manila
Grade: P3 Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year : Job Posting: Oct 25, 2020, 8:57:40 PM Closing Date: Nov 15, 2020, 4:59:00 PM Primary Location: Philippines-Manila Organization: WP/DHS Division of Health Systems and Services Schedule: Full-time
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

For the Future: Towards the Healthiest and Safest Region outlines a vision for WHO work with Member States and partners in the Western Pacific. Strong, resilient, sustainable health systems are integral to delivering the four thematic priorities. Up to 60% of people living in some countries in the Region do not have access to safe, quality and affordable health services and medicines. 1 in 5 families spend 10% of their income on health care. This threatens individuals, families, communities and economies. DHS will contribute to taking forward the vision of, and the thematic priorities in, For the Future. DHS will support Member States with high quality advice and assistance on health financing, health workforce, medical products, quality and safety, law and governance, women and children, rehabilitation, surgery and health services including primary health care so that they can build resilient, responsive and sustainable health systems.

Health Policy and Service Design (HPS) - HPS supports Member States to develop and implement policies, strategies, and plans and service delivery design, including primary health care, to strengthen governance, financing, health workforce in order to ensure access to needed promotive, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and palliative services without financial hardship.

Essential Medicines and Health Technologies (EMT) - EMT supports Member States to strengthen pharmaceutical systems and regulations, including for traditional medicines to ensure equitable access to quality-assured, safe and effective therapies and health technologies and works along with other programmes to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance in the Western Pacific Region.

Maternal Child Health and Quality Safety (MCQ) - MCQ supports Member States to improve health systems to provide the best and safest possible health facility services to all people, regardless of race, beliefs, gender, economic and social condition and to ensure universal health coverage serves all people, starting from women and children.

Health Law and Ethics (HLE) - HLE supports Member States to understand, develop and implement quality and ethical legal frameworks for health. Grounded in human rights and international good practice standards, legal frameworks for health guide transformative policies and innovative programming.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Coordinator, Health Law and Ethics, the general guidance of the Director, Health Systems and Services, and in close collaboration with WPRO technical division Directors:

1. Build country and regional capacity for (a) health system strengthening, including in relation to universal health coverage, health administration, health workforce, private sector providers, digital innovation, and (b) health emergency law including public health law and International Health Regulations.

2. Support and assist in the coordination of Member States' activities beyond the health sector and across the whole-of-government, including parliament, to support health system strengthening through meetings such as the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians Forum on Global Health to share and analyse legal frameworks in the Region.

3. Support the development of mechanisms to implement new global initiatives and directions into country legislative and regulatory frameworks (e.g. support countries in their COVID-19 response actions such as regulation for implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions).

4. Support countries on other legal and regulatory issues affecting health issues across the Western Pacific Region, including collaboration with the relevant technical division/areas/country offices.


Essential: University degree in law.
Desirable: Advanced university degree (master's level or higher) in public health, international development or related field.


Essential: Minimum of five years of both national and international experience in law reform.
Desirable: Experience in the review and development of legislation and regulation, such as public health law. Experience in law reform related to countries in the Western Pacific Region.


a. Legal and regulatory aspects of health systems strengthening.

b. Effective legislative and regulatory remedies to improve effectiveness of national health interventions

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Knowing and managing yourself
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of other UN Languages.


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 60,962 (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 2317 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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