Project Coordinator, Ankara, Turkey

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Turkey

City: Ankara, Turkey

Office: WHO Ankara

Grade: P-5

Closing date: Thursday, 18 March 2021

Readvertisement: Project Coordinator

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Grade : P5

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 12 months

Job Posting: Mar 11, 2021, 9:15:46 AM


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover fromoutbreaks and emergencies. Within WHE, this project contributes to strengthening national capacities against COVID-19.


To coordinate and oversee the planning, management, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project "Strengthening national capacities against COVID-19". Ensure the concerted approach of WHO in providing the required expert advice and support to the national authorities. Key duties:

Lead the project workplan development, implementation, adaptation and implementation.

Conduct needs assessment and analysis of project activities (financial, human resources, assets, etc.); coordinate the mobilization of the required resources to ensure that health threats are being detected, verified, and responded to in a timely, complete and accurate manner.

Monitor the implementation of the project according to established key performance indicators, ensuring that expenditure and reporting are in compliance with WHO rules and donor agreement. Analyze risks and implement mitigation measures.

Develop strategic partnership with the MoH and other partners, advocate on policies and best practices in consultation with the Regional Office; ensure that the required national procedures, skills, coordination mechanisms and health systems are strengthened to manage identified risks.

Establish and manage the task force for the coordination of project activities and related committees (Steering Committees, Advisory Committee etc.).

Contribute to strengthening the national capability to prepare and respond to health emergencies from all hazards. Oversee the workforce capacity building and training activities at central and provincial level.

Implement, in cooperation with the MoH, visibility activities related to the project; authorize the release of related information, communications, advocacy products and statements to internal and external partners.

Design standardized methods of capturing and consolidating evidence-based health interventions, document lessons learnt, best practices and trend analyses for promoting accountability, responsiveness and transparency.

Represent WHO in high level meetings with donors and partners. Prepare related technical documents, concept papers, presentations, situation analysis and develop periodic progress reports.

Perform other duties as required by the WR.



Essential: University degree (Master’s level) in a health-related field, emergency, humanitarian or disaster management or a related field from an accredited/recognized institution.

Desirable: Specialized training in emergency and outbreak management; specific training in humanitarian response. Medical degree.


Essential: At least 10 years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in multi-sectoral coordination, strengthening country capacities and responding to emergencies and disasters, including infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters or complex emergencies. Experience in coordinating operational activities in preparedness and response with a range of actors.

Desirable: Relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.


--> Strong operational competencies in managing and coordinating humanitarian program cycle, including efficient human and financial resource management.

--> Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks.

--> Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of an official EURO language.


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 89,837 (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 1273 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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