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Managerial reform: Human resources

We are reforming human resources with the following objectives: improved flexibility of the workforce; greater staff mobility; and enhanced staff development and performance management. While the three areas are closely interrelated, creating a more flexible workforce will benefit all areas of reform.

Plans for creating greater flexibility include:

  • Joint recruitment, with representation from headquarters and regions on the Selection Panels, ensuring uniformity of process and standards across the Organization. This also facilitates transfers between Major Offices.
  • Generic job descriptions, allowing many positions to be filled through one selection process. This also facilitates lateral transfers across the Organization, creating pathways for staff to be assigned where they are most needed.
  • Rosters of staff who are prescreened and ready for deployment in priority job groups such as Heads of WHO Country Office. This drastically reduces the time needed to fill vacant posts with staff who meet the required standards. Similar pools are planned for administrative officers, epidemiologists, health technical officers, and communications officers.

While the three areas are closely interrelated, creating a more flexible workforce will benefit all areas of reform.

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