Job Description

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 objectives of the Country Readiness Strengthening Department include the development and strengthening of core national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.The Health Care Readiness (HCR) Unit enhances readiness measures through the development of technical and clinical care standards addressed from a person-centered and system's perspective. The unit includes the promotion across partners and regional offices of Capacity Building and rapid deployment of health care experts and teams as surge capacity to provide both immediate, short-term care in order to reduce the loss of life and prevent long-term disability in different emergency scenarios.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs and agenda: - Capacity building and Training: drive the preparation and delivery of effective and innovative capacity building and training to institute a coordinated and effective EMT management with Regional and Country Offices, including but not limited to [a] overseeing the continuing update of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for registering EMT personnel on arrival; instituting and implementing a quality assurance system for organizations and Member States with EMTs and the elaboration of a global quality assurance list and classification of potential teams; [b] expanding the elaboration and delivery of training and simulation packages to further host countries' capacity to receive deployed EMTs and integrate them within the broader Health Sector disaster Coordination; [c] empowering the capacity of national EMTs toward delivering expected standards at the national, regional levels and beyond, advising such and giving Technical Support. - Champion and promote the use of the link with the Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (FCSS/V-OSOCC) systems and other international coordination systems, through the elaboration of protocols for on-site EMTs Coordination Cells, with emphasis on the dissemination of training and simulation packages for experts deployed to establish and work with on-site EMTs, within a global and coordinated approach. This encompasses sustained efforts for readiness and support to Regional and Countries Offices, as well as ongoing monitoring and evaluation of actions and timely dissemination of data toward quality and improvements. - Advocate and drive the integration of EMTs in the wider context of preparedness and Disaster Management of Member States, including but not limited to supporting countries in the development and implementation of SOPs and guidelines for on-site registration and coordination of EMTs in close partnership with OCHA Field Coordination and Support Section (FCSS) responsible for the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Programmes, and effective and cohesive management of such activities. - Take a key role in serving as Secretary for a series of Steering Committees, Strategic Advisory Groups, to promote full collaboration with and contribution from WHO departments and programmes, UN Agencies, partners toward furthering the EMT Initiative (Secretariat), including but not limited to drafting progress reports and reporting documents to donors; encouraging the engagement and support from the donor community jointly with the External Relations Unit; and proactively participating in the development of work plans and budgets. - Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.



Essential: An advanced university degree in a health related field, management, emergency, humanitarian, disaster management or related field relevant to the position. Desirable: Specialized training in emergency management. Rapid response training such as EMT.


Essential: At least ten years ofexperience in emergency and mass casualty management in emergency situations or in UN Disaster Response activities at the national and international levels, combined with proven experience in managing and coordinating large multi-agency response to outbreaks and/or natural disasters. Desirable: Experience in field emergency projects management. Experience in resource mobilization an advantage. Knowledge of UNDAC, INSARAG, OCHA and/or other rapid response system.


Demonstrated capacity to multi-task and produce results under pressure within short deadlines. Strong organizational and analytical skills combined with projects management abilities particularly in difficult field situations. Excellent communication skills and ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Strong awareness and understanding of cultural and political sensitivities. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Promoting innovation and organizational learning Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other WHO 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 88,162 (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 6509 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.


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