United Nations UN Public Health Officer Jobs – World Health Organisation (WHO)

Job Title:       Public Health Officer
Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/16/ROST30
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade: P4
Reports to: WHO Representative
About WHO:
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: 
  • Assess threats to human life and health,
    damage to health infrastructure for primary and secondary care, the state
    of health referral and support systems, including cold chain, laboratory,
    essential drugs and health information systems, and the vital needs of the
    affected populations.
  • Work collaboratively with national
    authorities and health partners to coordinate and implement public health
    response activities as part of the Health Cluster’s strategic response;
    analyze existing coordination mechanisms, designing and recommending
  • Provide analysis of the public health risks,
    needs and capacities and advise on priority interventions for WHO and
    partners; challenges and operational course correctors, as applicable.
  • Keenly monitor progress towards achievement
    of Universal Health Coverage; analyze social determinants of health and
    their impact on the incident management system, including identifying
    inequities, gaps in the delivery of health services or emergency
    interventions, recommending appropriate actions and innovative approaches
    to improve the situation.
  • Actively facilitate the implementation of
    effective, evidence-based policies, public health programmes and
    interventions through all life cycles, this might include maternal and new
    born health, health promotion and education, NCDs, the elderly, Social
    Determinant of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention including Road
    Safety, Gender and Health Equity and other related areas.
  • Secure information from a broad range of
    health sectors, analyzing such and consolidating health data in trends and
    trends assessment, with particular attention to surveillance, monitoring
    and early warning.
  • The incumbent will coordinate meetings with
    all relevant partners and incident management team, producing and
    circulating minutes, related decisions and tracking the latter, and
    developing detailed “lessons learnt” reports, recommending
    improvement to current and future field operations.
  • Provide input to communications and
    information products (Sitreps, health cluster bulletins, outbreak
    bulletins etc.) as required
  • Ensure compliance with IASC principles and
    the Humanitarian Program Cycle in delivering WHO’s health response.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific
    duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the World Health
    Organization (WHO) Public Health Officer job opportunity should hold an Advanced
    University degree (Master’s level or above) in public health and/or Health
    related fields from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Doctorate degree in Public Health. Post
    graduate studies or specialized training in emergency response or disaster
    management in the context of public health.
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine or Diploma in
    Disaster Management.
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant
    experience, at the national and international levels, in public health in
    emergencies response or health sector coordination, with emphasis on
    managing outbreaks and health emergencies and/ or health consequences of
    emergencies and crises.
  • Prior experience in capacity building,
    developing and promoting collaborative partnerships.
  • Prior work experience in WHO, other UN
    agencies, relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations is
  • Previous experience in capacity building
    programme planning/development, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience with resource mobilization in
    emergency settings
  • Broad knowledge of public health programmes
    with focus on prevention and control of NCDs and their major risk factors,
    health system, and the Millennium Development goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of
    operational management of health aspects/consequences of humanitarian
    crises and outbreaks in field settings.
  • Proven skills in capacity building, proposal
    and report writing, Knowledge of and Experience with needs assessments in
    emergency settings, strategic information analysis and planning and
    ability to anticipate new trends in the field of public health and take
    actions accordingly.
  • Managerial skills for the development,
    implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and
    activities, including the development of programmatic indicators.
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or
    French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of
    another WHO official language would be an asset (depending on the country
    of assignment).
Personal Competencies:
  • Producing results
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across
    the Organization and beyond
  • Respecting and promoting individual and
    cultural differences
  • Teamwork.
  • Computer literacy i.e. knowledge of office
    software applications.
How to Apply:
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: 12th August 2016
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