Implementing WHO reform at country level
Since 2012, WHO has undertaken a comprehensive series of reforms to make the Organization fit for purpose, and better equipped to address the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st Century.
There are 3 components to the WHO reform:
- programmatic – to improve people’s health
- governance – to increase coherence in global health
- managerial – in pursuit of organizational excellence.
The fundamental challenge the Organization faces – in light of the reform – is how to make its work relevant in countries at different stages of development, whether or not WHO has a physical presence.
All 3 levels of the Organization – at headquarters, regional and country level – are making changes in the ways they operate, to improve the quality of support to Member States.
WHO is adjusting its ways of cooperating to adapt to:
- evolving health and development challenges
- shifts in national institutions and capacities
- variations in the global health and development cooperation environment
- changing expectations of WHO Member States and other partners.
Key reform actions at the country level
To transform the ways WHO works at country level, the Organization is undertaking key measures.
- Attracting talent – including a new selection process for HWOs and the appointment of Deputy HWOs in selected countries.
- Retaining talent – through career management, by redefining core country capacities to match country needs and profiles, and promoting staff mobility across the regions.
- Promoting an enabling working environment – by implementing standards of conduct, accountability and internal control training.