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Health Emergency Officer


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Micronesia
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2023-12-06


The incumbent will provide technical support in the coordination of WHO programmes on epidemic and emergency preparedness and response, providing assistance to the health authorities and other relevant stakeholders in order to strengthen national preparedness, response, and core capacities under International Health Regulation IHR for emerging infectious diseases.



The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office.

  • Work in coordination with all technical focal points at regional and headquarters level, under the guidance of the head of the WHO country office.
  • Provide technical assistance to national authorities in and coordinate all aspects of the WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) programme, at the country level, to enhance the national capability in preparedness and response to emerging infectious diseases, outbreaks, and health emergencies from all hazards.
  • Technically support the concerted approach of WHO in the areas of emergency risk management, country preparedness and International Health Regulations, risk and situation assessments, and infectious hazards management.
  • Collaborate with and support relevant ministries and other stakeholders to undertake gap analyses in relevant areas of work for emergency preparedness and management, develop/revise national strategies and a national multi-hazard, health emergency preparedness and response plan.
  • Prepare a national risk profile, assessing and mapping existing and emerging national health risks as well as populations vulnerable to, or affected by, prioritized risks, their coping capacities and health needs.
  • Identify resource needs and funding gaps for health-sector risk reduction, preparedness, and response for vulnerable/affected populations, advocating with and mobilizing required resources from partners and donors.
  • Support the assessment of capacities and national, competency development systems, and recommend, plan, and facilitate the implementation of appropriate measures and training for strengthening core capacities under International Health Regulations including to manage identified risks; effectively monitor and evaluate processes, outcomes and the impact of response and recovery interventions.
  • Support the national health authorities and partners in the establishment or strengthening of emergency health care systems to ensure the provision of a range of critical emergency health care services.
  • Coordinate the knowledge capture from policy, strategic and field interventions, and ensure its dissemination.
  • Represent WHO in inter-agency meetings and external forums related to WHO epidemics and emergency preparedness and response.



Essential: A university degree (bachelor’s) in a relevant field (such as epidemiology, public health, or another medical field).

Desirable: Training in applied epidemiology.




  • A minimum of five years of work experience relevant to the position (in public health; planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of epidemic and emergency preparedness and response activities in a developing country and/or at regional level).
  • Experience required in strengthening country capacities and response to emergencies and disasters, including infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Experience in working partnerships for health policy and strategic and operational interventions in emergency preparedness, response, or recovery especially in a developing country setting.

Desirable: Experience in or knowledge of WHO mandate and goals and/or experience with United Nations funds and programmes. Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained in an international context.



  • The principles and programmes of epidemic and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Knowledge of the International Health Regulations (IHR).
  • The development and coordination of health policy and/or strategic and operational interventions in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • Planning, monitoring, and evaluating health systems.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills, including for reports, oral presentations and technical documents.


WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment


Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 64,121, (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. 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). The list can be accessed through the link: 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.
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  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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