National Professional Officer (Emergency Prep & Operations)

  • Added Date: Monday, 13 November 2023
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover fromoutbreaks and emergencies.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES1- Be responsible for the implementation of appropriate preparedness,emergency outbreak interventions and activities in the designated area. 2- Assess public health risks andvulnerabilities in identified priority districts.3- Collaborate inthe formulation of strategies and work plans for Health sector and WHO'semergency response operations. 4- Design datacollection methodologies and research related to programme interventions. 5- Explore and maintain partnershipswith NGOs in identified response areas to strengthen response and health caredelivery, and develop a related annual response plan.6- Ensure compliance between projectmonitoring arrangements with project agreement. 7- Establish and streamline regularreporting and monitoring mechanism with implementing partners as well as HealthCluster structures at subnational, national and regional levels.8- Manage awareness campaigns,communication, and training initiatives as well as other health promotionactivities.9- Mentor health partners on datacollection, analysis, case definition, verification, outbreak investigation,notification, reporting and documentation. 10- Identify the training needs forrespective target audiences and recommend comprehensive plans for capacitybuilding. 11- Strengthen thecapacities of surveillance teams for the effective and sustained surveillancethrough training courses on field investigation, detection, data management,and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks. 12- Develop donorreporting tools and facilitate funding management by using surveillanceinformation for better communication and advocacy for programme implementationand fund raising. 13- Develop new financialfollow-up tools related to implementation of WHO supported activities. 14- Identifyneeds, resources and gaps, and coordinate with a broad range of UN Agencies,international, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions formobilization of resources.


EducationEssential: University degree in Medicine or Public Health.
Desirable: Master's degree in Public Health.

ExperienceEssential: At least 5 years of experience in public health and health sector coordination. Experience in capacity building.
Desirable: Working experience in UN Organizations or NGOs is considered an asset. Projectmanagement/Results-based Management (RBM) is an asset.

SkillsProven skills in capacity building Demonstrated knowledge of health sector activities in the context of emergency response relief Broad knowledge of Emergency programmers, policies and interventions Ability to work under pressure Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals Excellent presentation skills

WHO CompetenciesTeamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French. Expert knowledge of Local language .

REMUNERATIONRemuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at DJF 7,483,000 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review. 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