World Health Organization (WHO)

Medical Officer (Health Information Management)

World Health Organization (WHO)

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.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the direct supervision of PAM HIM and overall guidance of RED, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities: 1. Carry out at Regional level all aspects of early detection of acute public health events using the WHO Epidemic Intelligence Open Sources platform (EIOS), including but not limited to event-based surveillance; verification and risk assessment, monitoring; and information-sharing on events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

2. Support HIM capacity to analyze and interpret epidemiological and surveillance data. Develop and provide Capacity Building and training to colleagues within WHO and key partners, including Ministries of Health with focus on strengthening detection, data Analysis, data interpretation and risk assessment capacity.

3. Carry out all aspects of early detection of acute public health events, including but not limited to event-based surveillance; verification and risk assessment; and information-sharing on events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

4. Contribute to the improvement of the new WHO's Event Management System (EMS2) developed by WHO HQ; while updating the events in the Event Management System (EMS) 5. Conduct emergency epidemiological field risk-assessment missions as required.

6. Collaborate and Coordinate activities with staff at all levels in the Public Health Intelligence Team and the Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Department, to foster [a] the elaboration and implementation of WHO-wide Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools for detecting, verifying, assessing and monitoring events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern in line with the operational requirements of IHR; and [b] the definition of institutional strategies and analysis linked to the formulation of briefing documents and materials; situation analyses; and convening multi-disciplinary risk assessment, as appropriate.

7. Provide technical guidance to further the development of Event Information System (EIS) and other public health intelligence platforms; 8. Encourage or promote the implementation of new approaches and innovative methods to systematically detect and assess events of potential significance to international public health, with emphasis on building partnerships networks; 9. Enhance and encourage world-wide information sharing as a key component of promoting and nurturing a culture of multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches within WHO and with key partners; 10. Develop and provide capacity building and training to colleagues within WHO and partners, including Ministries of Health, with focus on enhancing epidemiology and Information Management core competencies; and stimulate collaboration with officials at the regional and national levels, to ensure a coordinated response using standardised, innovative information systems and tools 11. Lead the analysis and the interpretation of data on signals and events collected from different sources; 12. Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education Essential: Doctorate of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or MBBS and Post-graduate degree in Epidemiology or MPH which majors in Epidemiology Desirable: - Experience Essential: At least seven years' experience in outbreak-prone infectious disease analysis and response including some years of demonstrated international exposure and Considerable experience in the management of outbreak-prone Infectious Diseases obtained in developing countries.

Desirable: Experience with WHO and/or the UN system in the areas of outbreak response and Data Analysis Experience of working with a UN agency, Experience in risk assessment or risk analysis Experience with scientific writing Skills In depth knowledge in zoonoses, international public health and event-based surveillance. Proven organizational and analytical skills, together with excellent interpersonal skills. Capacity to promote and implement collaboration and exchange with partners, towards the implementation of best practices. Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.

WHO Competencies Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Ensuring the effective use of resources Producing results 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 74,913 (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 2135 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Please note applications should be submitted through WHO's online recruitment portal. Please visit www.who.int/careers to complete an online profile and to apply to this vacancy.
  • The written test for shortlisted candidates will be tentatively be held in week starting…. Candidates are advised to make themselves available during that period
  • 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). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other Duty Stations are encouraged to apply.
  • For information on WHO's operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the direct supervision of PAM HIM and overall guidance of RED, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities: 1. Carry out at Regional level all aspects of early detection of acute public health events using the WHO Epidemic Intelligence Open Sources platform (EIOS), including but not limited to event-based surveillance; verification and risk assessment, monitoring; and information-sharing on events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

2. Support HIM capacity to analyze and interpret epidemiological and surveillance data. Develop and provide capacity building and training to colleagues within WHO and key partners, including Ministries of Health with focus on strengthening detection, data analysis, data interpretation and risk assessment capacity.

3. Carry out all aspects of early detection of acute public health events, including but not limited to event-based surveillance; verification and risk assessment; and information-sharing on events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

4. Contribute to the improvement of the new WHO's Event Management System (EMS2) developed by WHO HQ; while updating the events in the Event Management System (EMS) 5. Conduct emergency epidemiological field risk-assessment missions as required.

6. Collaborate and Coordinate activities with staff at all levels in the Public Health Intelligence Team and the Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Department, to foster [a] the elaboration and implementation of WHO-wide Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and tools for detecting, verifying, assessing and monitoring events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern in line with the operational requirements of IHR; and [b] the definition of institutional strategies and analysis linked to the formulation of briefing documents and materials; situation analyses; and convening multi-disciplinary risk assessment, as appropriate.

7. Provide technical guidance to further the development of Event Information System (EIS) and other public health intelligence platforms; 8. Encourage or promote the implementation of new approaches and innovative methods to systematically detect and assess events of potential significance to international public health, with emphasis on building partnerships networks; 9. Enhance and encourage world-wide information sharing as a key component of promoting and nurturing a culture of multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches within WHO and with key partners; 10. Develop and provide capacity building and training to colleagues within WHO and partners, including Ministries of Health, with focus on enhancing epidemiology and information management core competencies; and stimulate collaboration with officials at the regional and national levels, to ensure a coordinated response using standardised, innovative information systems and tools 11. Lead the analysis and the interpretation of data on signals and events collected from different sources; 12. Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education Essential: Doctorate of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or MBBS and Post-graduate degree in Epidemiology or MPH which majors in Epidemiology Desirable: - Experience Essential: At least seven years' experience in outbreak-prone infectious disease analysis and response including some years of demonstrated international exposure and Considerable experience in the management of outbreak-prone infectious diseases obtained in developing countries.

Desirable: Experience with WHO and/or the UN system in the areas of outbreak response and data analysis Experience of working with a UN agency, Experience in risk assessment or risk analysis Experience with scientific writing Skills In depth knowledge in zoonoses, international public health and event-based surveillance. Proven organizational and analytical skills, together with excellent interpersonal skills. Capacity to promote and implement collaboration and exchange with partners, towards the implementation of best practices. Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.

WHO Competencies Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Ensuring the effective use of resources Producing results 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 74,913 (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 2135 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Please note applications should be submitted through WHO's online recruitment portal. Please visit www.who.int/careers to complete an online profile and to apply to this vacancy.
  • The written test for shortlisted candidates will be tentatively be held in week starting…. Candidates are advised to make themselves available during that period
  • 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). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • For information on WHO's operations please visit: http://www.who.int.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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