Health Cluster Coordinator At Pan American Health Organization

  1. Background and Justification
    • Purpose of the Position:

To promote and uphold the humanitarian and public health principles by leading a coordinated and effective health sector response together with the national and international community, with specific attention to vulnerable and marginalized populations, through effectuating WHO’s commitment to work within the framework of the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) and the cluster approach. The incumbent will be responsible for performing a dedicated coordination, health needs assessment, strategy development and resource mobilization, supporting the implementation and , monitoring the joint incident management system and advocacy function.

  1. Job Description
    • Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)

Reporting to the Head of the WHO Country Office and under technical guidance of the Regional Emergency Director (except for any graded emergency with an Incident Manager), the incumbent is expected to discharge WHO’s lead role in the health cluster and to impartially represent the interests of the members of the health cluster, including the provision of active support – as applicable – to subnational clusters or working groups of the cluster which may be coordinated by other agencies. The Cluster Coordinator leads an interagency team in an environment that requires high standards of accountability and demonstrable leadership, coordination, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and in which the principles of partnership, collaboration and collective results are essential.

The health cluster coordinator plays a strong role in promoting agreed national and international standards in all areas of healthcare, and strives for the best attainable health status for the populations served by the cluster. S/he identifies and engages with health sector stakeholders and utilizes existing coordination mechanisms, including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society; represents the health cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms and oversee the representation of the health cluster in other relevant sectors/clusters such as WASH, logistics, nutrition, protection, maintaining neutrality vis-a-vis all partners including WHO.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

Needs assessment and gap analysis

  1. Manage, coordinate and be the overall lead within the health cluster or at inter-cluster level for rapid health needs assessments, as well as participatory assessments (multi cluster/sector initial rapid assessments and humanitarian needs overviews, post-event risk assessment post disaster/post conflict needs assessment); be familiar with and ready to choose from existing tools to confirm that the health cluster covers all identified humanitarian health needs of the affected population.
  2. Collect information from all health partners on Who’s Where, since and until When, doing What (4Ws), and regularly feed the database managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). Provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters.

Strategic planning

  1. Lead the development, in cooperation with the health cluster members, of the health sector components of the humanitarian needs overview (HNO) and humanitarian response plan (HRP) as well as contingency planning for potential new events and other interagency planning, ensure proper linkages with the incident management system, disaster risk reduction, relief and recovery to complement national health sector preparedness/response plans.
  2. Ensure full compliance with national and international norms and standards, oversee that cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed in the health cluster response and implementation plans, taking into account the need for local adaptation.

Coordination of the health cluster

  1. Facilitate health partner coordination and involvement in health and other related sector assessments (e.g. nutrition, WASH), planning, information, interventions, monitoring and quality assurance, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population.
  2. Identify urgent technical gaps and training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all health cluster partners; identify opportunities for capacity building in collaboration with partners.
  3. Ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of “building back better” and specific risk reduction measures.
  4. Convene and facilitate consultative and results-oriented meetings in line with the principles of partnership. Organize and conduct joint support missions to field operations.
  5. Oversee the development of a functional Information Management strategy and mechanism for the health cluster to facilitate information sharing as well as monitoring and reporting; ensure that the health cluster produces and disseminates to partners, donors, government and other stakeholders regular updates, technical reports, bulletins and briefings on the health status of the affected people, response activities, resources mobilization, achievements, challenges and the remedial actions when necessary.
  6. Support national (health system) capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in accordance with the IASC emergency response preparedness (ERP) approach and other related guidance.

Resources mobilization and funds allocation

  1. Liaise and manage the development of resource mobilization efforts, oversee the initiation of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and other pooled fund proposals and other funding documents, as required, in close collaboration with the Head of the WHO Country Office, and in consultation with the health cluster partners and the humanitarian country team.
  2. Establish clear and transparent prioritization criteria for vetting partners’ projects for inclusion in consolidated appeals and pooled funds processes.

Monitoring and evaluation

  1. Coordinate the development, adaptation and implementation of an indicators’ monitoring framework to ensure adequate implementation of the health cluster plans; empower partners’ active involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions. Promote peer exchange of experiences and lessons learned within the cluster partnership.


  1. Identify core advocacy concerns for the Health Cluster through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy is conveyed to the RC/HC and humanitarian country team. Advocate for collective action, collective results, and collective accountability.
  2. Represent the health cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multisectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned.
  3. Advocate for priorities in the health sector, including protection for health workers and health facilities and the highest possible integration of the health related activities in the humanitarian agenda.

Perform any other cluster related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Recruitment Profile Competencies: Generic

Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required – See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.

  1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  2. Teamwork
  3. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  5. Communication

Functional Knowledge and Skills

    • Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN specialized agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.
  • Sound knowledge and experience about disaster prevention and preparedness programmes and the incident management system.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.

Education Qualifications


An advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in public health, medicine, international health, management or social sciences or related field.


Specialized training in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.


* Essential

For P4: At least seven (7) years of relevant experience at national and international level, in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships in emergency and humanitarian relief operations, including experience in managing and coordinating health programs in chronic and acute, sudden‑onset emergencies.


Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.

Duration of position: Six (6) months

  1. Use of Language Skills

Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset (depending on the country of assignment).

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications. Excellent presentation skills.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications online at the following address, [email protected] no later than June 03, 2023.

All applicant must include the job title in the subject line, otherwise the application will be rejected

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