The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Under the supervision and guidance of the WR, the incumbent will be required to perform all or part of the following duties: Lead WHO’s emergency response program at national or subnational level; Advise the Ministry of Health (MoH) on the establishment/strengthening of an Emergency Management System/Emergency Operation Centre (IMS/EOC) for multi-sectoral emergency response that includes staffing, defined roles/responsibilities and resources for key functional areas. Support the regular testing of the emergency response system through functional exercises at the national and local levels. Coordinate the development, distribution and use of Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for IMS functions and field activities to manage priority risks (including enhanced surveillance, investigation and rapid response, contact tracing, sampling, infection prevention and control, outbreak vaccination, etc.).
Essential: Advanced University degree in a health-related field, management, emergency, humanitarian, disaster management or related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Specialized training in emergency and outbreak management; specific training in humanitarian response. Medical degree.
Essential: At least 10 years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in multi-sectoral coordination, strengthening country capacities and responding to emergencies and disasters, including infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters or complex emergencies. Experience in coordinating operational activities in preparedness and response with a range of actors.
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations.
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. Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation. Authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in international emergency incident management system. Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks. Strong operational competencies in managing and coordinating humanitarian program cycle, including efficient human and financial resource management.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
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 92,731 (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 4644 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.
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