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Health Emergency Specialist (CPCP)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Pyongyang
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: Closed


The incumbent will manage WHO programmes on epidemic and emergency preparedness and response, providing technical assistance and expertise 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.


Under the overall supervision of WR and direct supervision of Senior Public Health Specialist (Healthier Population), this position is expected to perform all, or most of, the following duties depending on specific country circumstances:

1.Work in coordination with all technical focal points at the regional and headquarters levels, under the guidance of the head of the WHO country office.

2.Provide specialist technical guidance 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.

3.Technically ensure the concerted approach of WHO in the areas of emergency risk management, country preparedness and International Health Regulations, risk and situation assessment and infectious hazards management.

4.Collaborate with and guide relevant ministries and other stakeholders to undertake gap analyses in relevant areas of work for emergency preparedness and management and to develop/revise national strategies and a national multi-hazard, health emergency preparedness and response plan.

5.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.

6.Coordinatethe identification of 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.

7.Manage 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.

8.Guide 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.

9.Manage the knowledge capture from policy, strategic and field interventions, and ensure its dissemination.

10.Represent WHO in inter-agency meetings and external forums related to WHO epidemics and emergency preparedness and response.



Essential: Advanced university degree (master's level) in a relevant field (such as epidemiology, public health, or medical)

Desirable: Training in applied epidemiology.


Essential: A minimum of seven 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), with some of it obtained in an international work environment.

Experience required in strengthening country capacities and response to emergencies and disasters, including infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or complex emergencies.

Experience in multi-sectoral partnerships for health policy and strategic and operational interventions in emergency preparedness, response, and 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 at an international level.


The principles and programmes of epidemic and emergency preparedness and response Development and coordination of health policy, strategic and operational interventions in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery with a range of actors Thorough knowledge of the International Health Regulations (IHR). Planning, monitoring, and evaluating health systems. Excellent oral and written communication, including for reports, presentations, and technical documents.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
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 77,326 (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 3841 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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  • 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.
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