Planning & Programme Management

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WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) to actively support the development and implementation of national health policies, strategies and plans aiming at promoting access to and utilization of affordable and quality health services and improving the financial protection against health-related risks. The objective of the General Management area of the WHO Country Office for India is to ensure implementation of CCS and the biennial workplans. The General Management area of work has a key strategic role in overseeing, planning and implementation of CCS priorities that span across diverse technical areas and workplans. Work involves cross-cutting technical inputs from country office (CO) staff working on all priority areas such as health systems and Universal Health Coverage, communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases and risk factors, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and WHO emergency programme. The specific objective of strategic planning is to explore options and contribute to integrating all health problems and issues within the context of health system to achieve national health targets, universal health coverage and sustainable development goal.

Underlying values and core functions of WHO WHO’s mandate revolves around six (6) leadership priorities specifying (i) advancing universal health coverage; (ii) health related sustainable development goals; (iii) addressing the challenge of non-communicable diseases and mental health, violence and Injuries and disabilities; (iv) implementing the provisions of the International Health Regulations (2005); (v) increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products; (vi) addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. The South-East Asia Region (SEAR) of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.9 billion people, with India’s population of 1.4 billion. All the Member States of WHO/SEAR (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation. Mission of the WHO Country Office for India The mission of WHO India is to improve quality of life of the 1.4 billion people in India by supporting the government in eliminating vaccine preventable and other communicable diseases, reducing maternal and neonatal mortalities, promoting healthy lifestyles, addressing determinants of health, preparing and responding to health emergencies and strengthening health systems for universal health coverage.


Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India (WR-India), and direct supervision of the Deputy Head of WHO Country Office (D-WR), with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India work plans in accordance with the WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy with India, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities in her/his assigned area of work:

  • Assist WCO-India management in coordinating with all programmes in formulating and implementing Programme Budget workplans taking into consideration of risk registration framework including uploading workplans in the GSM, technical reporting on workplans and serve as a secretary of the Programme Committee.
  • Contribute to overall management and oversight of the WCO-India biennial workplans and budgets, including products, baselines, indicators, and other elements, financial and achievements.
  • Promote best practices, methods and tools for work planning to improve overall performance of WCO-India and build capacity of staff as needed.
  • Assist WR-India, Deputy-WR and NPO (Administration) in creating operational synergies among technical units, finance and administration, focusing on the effectiveness in work plan implementation and utilization of resource which leads to WCO-India’s performance and programme delivery within organizational policy frameworks.
  • Analyse and monitor HR and activity work plans to assess salary savings to be transferred to activities and/or vice-versa, maintain work plans in GSM, towards optimum utilization of country resources in coordination with HR and Budget units.
  • Monitor budget ceilings and PB allocations and arrange for programme changes as and when required to ensure smooth implementation of programmes in coordination with WCO Budget unit and PPC/SEARO as appropriate.
  • Assess the WHO-India financial needs for the biennium; prepare and maintain resource requirements plans, contribute to identifying appropriate funding sources to meet financial needs and shortfalls against budget.
  • Contribute to preparation of technical proposals, record and track donor contribution and review technical report for donors.
  • Ensure optimum use of resources in accordance with WHO rules and regulations, and the terms and conditions of donor agreements.
  • Support WCO-India work in the information analysis and data provision for country profile or organization reports including contributing to the UN agencies on work plan development and implementation.11.Perform other duties of the related areas as assigned by the Supervisors.



  • Essential: University degree in Public Health, Business Administration or related fields.
  • Desirable: Advanced university degree in Medicine, Public Health, Planning, Business Administration or Finance.


  • Essential: At least five (5) years of relevant experience in programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Desirable: Experience in WHO or corporate sector planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation would be an asset. Experience in the reporting to donors would be an asset.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Hindi.





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