UN Jobs – National Professional Officer/Emergency Preparedness and Response at World Health Organisation (WHO)

Organisation: World Health
Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/15/FT609
Grade: NO-C
Reports to: WHO
About WHO:
The World
Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for
health within the United Nations (UN) 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
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under the overall guidance of the WHO
Representative, and working in close collaboration with technical staff at
headquarters, Regional and Country Office, the incumbent:
Offers technical expertise and guidance in the field
of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) including provision of expertise
and authoritative advice for the collection, validation, analysis and
dissemination of data, the design and implementation of Early Warning and
Response System, and the coordination of related activities.
The incumbent builds and maintains close
collaboration with a broad range of staff from MOH, health facilities District
health offices and partners to promote and facilitate effective cooperation for
the implementation of related policies and procedures,
Draws elaborate strategies and guidelines to ensure
the quality and usefulness of EPR interventions including the Integrated
Disease Surveillance and Response, monitoring and rapid assessments when
required during emergencies;
Offers support in capacity building in the country
to meet the core IHR competencies. Monitor progress, identify critical gaps and
support the review and re-planning for meeting the required core competencies.
Ensures a close contact and collaboration with MOH
and district health offices to ensure timely communication of events of
potential health risks including disease outbreaks. Monitor trends and report
potential emergencies to ensure timely and coordinated response.
Actively monitor internal WHO capacity to implement
the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) in collaboration with the other
units within WHO. Participate in the development of strategies and
implementation of interventions to build the WCO capacity to implement ERF.
Support the MOH in collaboration with the regional
office and HQ to strengthen cross border collaboration, capacity building and
information exchange.
Secure information from a broad range of health
sectors, analysing and recommending actions and guidelines for the elaboration
of medium and long-term plans of work and strategies, including consolidating
health data in trends and trends assessment, with particular attention to
surveillance, monitoring and early warning;
Oversee and actively promote the effective
coordination of surveillance and assessment activities with Regional Offices
and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other
international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs;
Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidates for the World Health
Organization (WHO) National Professional Officer/Emergency Preparedness and
Response should hold a Medical degree from a recognised university.
Possession of a post graduate degree in Public
Health and/or Paediatrics.
Additional training on disaster management and
essential statistical packages and information management system is desirable
A minimum of seven years’ hands-on experience in
planning, monitoring and supervision of child health activities at national or
regional/provincial or district level.
Comprehensive working knowledge of surveillance and
monitoring systems as related to emergency preparedness and response,
Knowledge and skills in the field of epidemiological
or statistical data collection, assessment, analysis and the evaluation and
monitoring in a public health context.
Ability to conceptualize and promote innovative
strategies and policies.
Ability to communicate and write in a clear and
concise manner, and to develop effective guidelines.
Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills
complemented by ability to motivate and lead others, and to promote consensus.
Ability for research and innovations to address
critical gaps.
Languages: Proficiency in
written and spoken English; Knowledge of French would be an added advantage.
Personal Competencies:
Knowing and managing yourself
Producing results
Fosters integration and team work
How to Apply:
All candidates
who so desire to join the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) by
sending their online applications to enable WHO to store their personal
profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-Recruitment website below and
follow the instructions for online application procedures.
NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply online as
soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline
stated in the vacancy announcement.
Deadline: 19th November 2015
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