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Regional Health Cluster Coordinator (Multiple Positions)

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Date Posted: Jan 9, 2022
Reference: WHOAFG-2022-01-03 (Level NO-B)
Closing Date: Jan 16, 2022
Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 5
Gender: Any
Functional Area: Health/Medical
Nationality: Afghan
Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Years of Experience: 3 Years
Contract Duration: 1 year(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Maybe
Contract Type: LICA
Probation Period: 3 months
Required Languages: Dari,Pashto,English

About World Health Organization: Founded: The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership in global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and implementation support and monitoring and assessing health trends. In Afghanistan, WHO works to improve the health and well-being of all Afghans by preventing and reducing mortality, morbidity and disability and strengthening health services in close coordination with national and international partners.

Job Summary:

Purpose of the Post

The Regional Health Cluster Coordinator will be responsible to facilitate Health Cluster coordination in the region and its associated provinces. More specifically, the Health Cluster Coordinator will provide overall support on health sector needs assessments and analysis, priority-setting, information management, prevent overlap in the delivery of health services, and advocate for addressing the gaps. 

Objectives of the program and the immediate strategic objective (Overview of the programme)

Overall, the Health Cluster’s core functions include: i) information management for strategic decision-making; ii) planning and strategy development; iii) supporting service delivery; iv) monitoring and reporting; v) contingency planning and preparedness; and vi) advocacy and resource mobilization. 

The Health Cluster aims to save lives and promote dignity in humanitarian and public health emergencies, and to strengthen the efficiency and accountability of all stakeholders in responding to humanitarian health crises.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment)

The National and Sub-National Health Cluster coordination team under the leadership of Afghanistan Health Cluster Coordinator and overall leadership of WHO as Health Cluster lead agency; coordinates and performs several activities across all regions of Afghanistan to strengthen coordination and engagement with health cluster partners and stakeholders to promote efficiency and accountability in responding humanitarian health needs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Organize and facilitate regular sub national here after referred to regional cluster coordination meetings and information sharing to ensure appropriate coordination between all health partners at regional level. This includes regular meetings at regional and provincial level when appropriate. 

• Provide regular inputs to the national level cluster meetings, cluster bulletins, raise key issues required support from the National level with National Coordination team, etc. 

• Conduct mapping of current and potential health actors and services – government, national and international organizations as well as institutions, private sector. Act as focal point for inquiries on Health Cluster’s response plans and operations at the regional level for OCHA and WHO’s regional office.  

• Support coordination of assessments, identification of needs, rapid assessments, humanitarian needs overview (HNO), etc. 

• Promote the use of agreed Health cluster tools, standards and guidance for surveys and assessments. 

• Ensure effective links with other clusters (e.g. Nutrition, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs, Protection and Education) and OCHA. . 

• Ensure integration of cross-cutting issues (e.g. Human rights, protection, , age, gender, people with disability, environment, , people-centered and community based approaches) by ensuring cross-cutting issues are addressed in planning, implementation and monitoring of emergency health interventions. 

• Promote gender equality by ensuring that needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed in the design and implementation of emergency health interventions. 

• Provide National Health Cluster with inputs for the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and Health Cluster Strategy that will ensure regional inputs are reflected, including identification of people in need. 

• Ensure that Health Cluster response is in line with the HRP and Health Cluster Response Strategy and plans, existing policy guidance and technical standards. 

• Regularly monitor implementation of emergency health activities in all provinces covered by the region to ensure that cluster members are adhering to national and international best practices and guidelines. 

• Draw lessons learned from past activities and provide inputs to the National Health Cluster for revising strategies and action plans accordingly, and identify potential capacity gaps to be addressed by the National and Regional Health Cluster Coordinators jointly. 

• Develop and facilitate implementation of the contingency and preparedness plans for the regional cluster when required, under the guidance of the National Health Cluster Coordinator.  

• Undertake regular monitoring visits to all provinces covered by the region, following the Health cluster monitoring framework (encourage peer monitoring where appropriate). 

• Assess health partners’ capacity for the implementation of emergency health programs, develop and implement capacity building plans with support from the national health coordination team. 

• Liaise with the national cluster to ensure the capacity for emergency health response is enhanced based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity. 

• Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the cluster partners and local authorities on emergency health response. 

• Support cluster partners in identification of core advocacy issues, including resource requirements, and communicate those to the National Health Cluster. 

• Facilitate feedback mechanism, ensuring that response focused on affected population and partners use the AAP in their planning, implementation and monitoring. 

• Work closely with the national health cluster information management in Kabul, facilitate the collection of relevant cluster data using cluster approved tools from all partners, implementation and dissemination of data related to the Logframe, 4W database and other data as needed. 

Job Requirement:

Qualifications Required

Essential: University degree in Medicine or Public Health and postgraduate degree in public health 


Essential: At least three years working experience in the development and implementation of emergency health programs

Desirable: Working experience with UN and/or other international organizations.


• Producing results 

• Promoting WHO’s position in health leadership

• Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond 

• Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

• Creating an empowering and motivating environment


Functional Skills and Knowledge

• Proven ability to plan, implement and evaluate health sector activities

• Coordination, communication and negotiation skills

• Excellent skills in report writing

• Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus

• Experience in planning and facilitating workshops and meetings, with excellent presentation skills


• Excellent written and verbal English language skills including writing reports, and success stories

• Good understanding of Dari and Pashto languages

IT Skills

– Good knowledge of Microsoft Applications. Knowledge of Epi-info is desirable. 


 Screening of the candidates

• Long List – The candidates shall be longlisted based on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).

• Short List – Further shortlist shall be done based on the years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.

 Assessment method

• WHO may conduct a written test and/or interview or a combination of both to select the most qualified candidate.

• WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified females are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidates will be given preference.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Herat

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG-2022-01-03 ) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. ONLY CANDIDATES UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW AND TEST.

Note: Please specify the region you are interested to be considered. 

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