World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
Description of Duties
During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme. Depending on the level and complexity of the incident, the incumbent might be performing all or some of the following duties:
Manage the team, guide, and ensure implementation of the response plan. Set standards and norms, develop and disseminate technical guidance and validate training, resource mobilization and communication materials.
Under the guidance of the Incident Manager, manage the coverage of all health operations in support to the MOH, work with partners and facilitate the implementation of WHO's most effective prevention, control and response measures.
Ensure the planning and implementation of communicable diseases programmes addressing the risk of outbreak and/or health emergency, co-develop action plans for interventions in high-risks groups and recommend measures for special attention.
Monitor the early prevention, detection, verification, assessment and investigation of any risks of outbreaks and the dissemination of data related to the occurrence of outbreaks
Manage the rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early response.
Support the information systems on communicable diseases and the monitoring of progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) facilitating integration with the national health information systems.
Conduct the periodic reporting and treatment of communicable diseases activities.
Ensure that the messages are technically sound and socio-culturally appropriate to induce, engage and empower stakeholders in the prevention, mitigation and control of risksHealth service delivery
Support national authorities and partners on equipping the health facilities with the necessary infrastructure, equipment, drugs, public health laboratories and blood safety, and medical supplies to address the existing and foreseen risks and to prevent the dissemination of infectious diseases within the facilities.
Monitor that health facilities provide quality preventive and curative health care to the affected population and continue to deliver routine essential health services in addition to responding to the cause of the crisis. Make appropriate recommendations where necessary.
Support capacity-building and training of local staff on best preventive, diagnostic, control and curative knowledge, practices and standards. Prevention and control measures
Make recommendations and give guidance on relevant courses of actions to be taken in affected as well as non-affected areas/countries in order to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.
Provide technical assistance on vaccination, enhanced surveillance, vector control, infection control (including personal protection), enhanced sanitation and hygiene, increased provision of water and/or nutrients, prepositioning of drugs and medical supplies, etc.Sciences and research
Conduct research in etiology, physiopathology, transmission, reliable and rapid diagnostic, effective prevention and treatment of any of the causes of excess morbidity and mortality of the affected population and recommend remedial actions.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, Tropical Medicine, Health Systems/Services Administration or related field. First university degree in medicine or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Specialized training in emergency management; specific training in humanitarian response.
At least seven years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in health operations, with proven experience in managing outbreaks and health emergencies.
Related experience in managing human and financial resources.
Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency management.
Related experience in development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO and/or UN agencies.
Experience working in relevant nongovernmental, health cluster partners or humanitarian organizations.
Additional mandatory competency: Fostering integration and teamwork.
Demonstrated skills in and 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.
Proven skills to manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques of public health, communicable diseases and health service delivery.
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 69,032 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1611 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children
Please note that the compensation package for Professional and higher category staff in the UN common system is currently undergoing changes in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 70/244 of 23 December 2015. The remuneration amounts indicated above are, therefore, subject to change. The changes will be implemented, retroactively to 1 January 2017, through the WHO payroll. General information can be obtained from the ICSC web site under http://icsc.un.org/ that provides a link to "Your new Compensation Package"
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position.
WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.