Transformation and Country Support Programme Officer, Egypt

Organization: WHO

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo

Office: WHO EMRO Cairo

Closing date: Monday, 18 July 2022


Description of assignment title: Transformation and Country Support Programme Officer

Assignment country: Egypt

Expected start date: 09/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WHO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Cairo


Mission and objectives



The Transformation and Country Support Programme Officer will be jointly involved in EMRO’s transformation unit to assist in transformation-related activities and their implementation, and in work related to the country cooperation strategies through the development and monitoring of its activities. Considering the Region’s specific priorities and challenges, the UNV will conytibute in moving the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director’s Vision 2023: health for all, by all closer towards its objective, to make a measurable impact at country level.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Transformation Team Lead or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Transformation and Country Support Programme Officer will:

Assist in the work related to the Country Cooperation Strategies (CCSs) by supporting its development and monitoring the activities.

Support peer-to-peer work among country offices and the regional office network regarding the work on CCS.

Provide coordination with relevant stakeholders and technical support for organizing various initiatives and activities such as town hall meetings, seminars and other events (meeting logistics and arrangements, preparing agendas, speaking points, appealing presentations and other background material)

Monitor and regularly report on the work plan implementation and on its progress and results.

Innovate ways to motivate staff participation and engagement to transformation.

Support all transformation team meetings at global, regional and country level particularly with visibility material and logistics.

Identifying training and other needs and support managers and supervisors in implementing practices that would assist change reforms for staff.

Assist in providing reporting or visibility products to internal stakeholders, Member States or the public (background briefings, attractive presentations, speaking points, info-graphics and other relevant materials).

Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. - Results/expected outputs:

As an active WHO team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to WHO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

Increased visibility and involvement of staff on WHO transformation in EMRO.

Regional collaboration and development of CCSs enhanced.

Innovative and newer methods of improved outreach across country offices regarding transformation are implemented.

Providing guidance and expertise on strategizing implementation of transformation-related activities and CCSs.

Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in

Professional work experience at the national and/or international level in project management, project coordination, business administration, international development or other relevant programmes; experience with change management or organizational reform is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;
Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
Sound security awareness;
Have affinity with or interest in public health, gender equity, effective change management, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise

Health, Development programmes, Administration

Driving license



Arabic, Level: Working knowledge, Required English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in - Business Administration, Public Health, Political or Social Sciences, or other related fields.

Competencies and values

- Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to WHO; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferable to WHO procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; - Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and WHO in daily activities and behaviors while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior; does not abuse power or authority; - Technological Awareness; - Vision; - Working in Teams; - Accountability; - Adaptability and Flexibility; - Client Orientation; - Communication; - Creativity; - Ethics and Values; - Managing Performance; - Planning and Organizing; - Respect for Diversity.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The duty station will be Cairo, which is a family duty station with a wide range of services (health, education, and leisure) and good living conditions. Cairo (and Egypt) has long been a center of the region’s political and cultural life, with high levels of tourism. Like other similar cities, Cairo offers good quality of life in terms of access to shopping centers, banks, medical services, educational facilities, cultural events, etc. The Arab Republic of Egypt has a unique geographical position in Northeast Africa, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and its connection to Sub Saharan Africa through the Nile Valley. The country is defined by desert and the Nile, the longest river on Earth. Egypt is bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. With over 90 million inhabitants, two-thirds of which are below 30 years, Egypt is Africa’s third most populous country after Nigeria and Ethiopia and has the highest population in the Arab world’s most densely populated areas, especially in greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta. The country has witnessed significant political and economic changes since 2011. Through this transition, which includes periods of political unrest, the main income sources of the economy have been negatively impacted, particularly in the tourism sector, as well as revenues from the Suez Canal, oil and remittances from Egyptians working abroad, affected by the global economy. However, with the current political stability, tourism is getting improved, and touristic activities are going back to normal. UN staffs are not directly targeted in Egypt and for the most are vulnerable to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is recommended to keep dwell time in the immediate vicinity of military, police and other prominent official installations to the minimum.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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