OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
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.
The Emergency Operations Unit of the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services and that they are able to cover their basic needs.
This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning of WHO response and the response with partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support.
The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance and in this context develops new standards and shapes the global policy of the response to health emergencies.
Finally, EMO engages in representation to key interagency bodies.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities :
Contribute to the technical and operational support from the Regional Office and other sources, in support of the country-level operations for protracted and on-going emergencies, in line with technical standards (e.
g. Sphere), best practices, protocols and guidelines (e.g. IASC).
Contribute to the overall strategic, operational and technical coherence and consistency of WHO emergency operations, including through strengthened support to the design of programmes and development of Humanitarian Response Plans.
Facilitate and stimulate WHO and partners contributions in support of country response operations with particular attention to project cycle management, carrying out assessments, establishing partnerships, planning, human resources, logistics, resource mobilization, monitoring, information-sharing and reporting.
contribute to development of policies, technical standards, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), ensuring the adherence to interagency policies.
Undertake country-level support missions, advise of the OPM team of related priorities and issues; and capture lessons learned and promote their integration into broader WHO policy and practice, especially in collaboration with the Policy Unit.
Assist in reviewing country project proposals and ensures overall regional coherence, reviews progress and donor reports.
contribute to the development of briefings for senior staff and to the development of communications products.
deploy immediately to acute emergencies, as requested.
As assigned, contribute to supporting HQ departments and units in the development and review of information products and briefings, such as talking points for press briefings, donor-related briefs and reports and other communication materials, to enhance WHO and WHE visibility at time of emergencies.
Promote WHO's and partner visibility of the response and liaises with the communication team.
Perform other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.
Essential : First university degree in medicine, public health or health related discipline.
Desirable : Specialization or specific training on health emergency
Essential : At least five years' field experience in health emergency response, health response support, public health needs assessments, risk analysis or early recovery.
Desirable : Strong knowledge in developing and implementing public health policies and strategies in the context of emergencies is an asset.
Experience with WHO, UN or UN agency or a health cluster member organization including the development of global strategies, guidelines and tools for health in emergency actions.
Proven experience and expertise in the management of the health response to humanitarian emergencies or outbreaks; technical knowledge, and operational skills, including early recovery / transition, combined with knowledge of UN, interagency humanitarian systems and process.
Excellent communication skills to negotiate / enlist cooperation from a broad range of actors from multi-disciplinary backgrounds.
Strong organizational skills complemented with ability to work in a proactive and independent manner, multi-task and produce results under pressure.
Diplomacy, tact and discretion.
Strong presentation and writing skills.
WHO global Competencies model at
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential : Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable : REMUNERATION
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.
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).
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