OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage public health threats and health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and health emergencies and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
The unit of Infectious Hazards Management is responsible for supporting countries for prevention and control of high threat diseases of both epidemic and pandemic potential through development and dissemination of evidence-based policies, tools, norms and standards as well as strategies to control infectious disease hazards.
The team of High Threat Pathogens (PAT) develops strategies, guidance, regional mechanisms and interventions to address high threat pathogens responsible for epidemics or pandemics thereby reducing their impact on affected populations and limiting their international spread.
This group deals with known high threat pathogens such as cholera, chikungunya, dengue, influenza, Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF), Zika, yellow fever, Rift valley fever, coronaviruses like the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), meningitis and plague
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will perform the following duties :
Provide technical support related to the technical work on High Threat Pathogen diseases of epidemic and pandemic potentials to member states
Assist the member state to enhance to national preparedness and response capacities and develop public health preparedness plans for high threat pathogens including Pandemic Human Influenza
Contribute in the development of evidence-informed manuals, guidance, norms and standards for detection, verification and response to public health incidents at the national level
Conduct real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data, with other team members, for epidemic forecasting and detection, guide team members on data quality improvement, use of data for monitoring of trends, alert and Action thresholds (triggers)
Coordinate the establishment, training and functionality of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), early warning systems (including event based and indicator based surveillance) for epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases for early detection and response to public health events for potential hazards like infectious diseases, zoonotic events and other public health event of international concern as per the national guidance and standards.
Analyze information and conceptualize reports / documents on activities related to funding partners and fundraising, customize and disseminate information to donors and different audiences.
Responsible for writing donor funding proposals and subsequent donor funding implementation reports.
Contribute to the preparation and dissemination of disease outbreak news, technical documents, updates and assessments to key decision-makers in the organizational hierarchy and to the national health authorities, as required using standard tools and templates
Perform any other related duties assigned by the supervisor
Essential : University degree in Medicine, and Master's degree in Public Health.
Desirable : Advance training or a good understanding on epidemiology or surveillance and response for outbreaks of emerging and high threat pathogens..
Essential : Minimum 5 years' experience in public health at national and international level, particularly in areas of in planning, developing and implementing the control and prevention of infectious diseases programme including outbreak prevention and control, infectious hazard management and / or high threat pathogens .
Experience in writing manuals, standards and tools for infectious disease epidemiology would be an asset.
Relevant experience with the inter-agency mechanisms used to coordinate international preparedness for response to health emergencies.
Theoretical and practical knowledge on managing public health programmes, complemented by experience and in-depth understanding of epidemiology of infectious diseases and International Health Regulations.
Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks.
Experience in outbreak investigation and management.
Proven experience in management (finances, budgets and staff) and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities.
Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.
Capacity to work on cross-sectoral projects.
WHO global Competencies model at
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Setting an example
Use of Language Skills
Essential : Expert knowledge of English language
Desirable : Intermediate knowledge of French language
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 60,962 (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 1397 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.
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.
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