EBOLA OUTBREAK - SURGE CAPACITY - OPERATIONS PLANNING SPECIALIST

Multiple locations

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and now involves intense transmission in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. On Friday 25th July 2014 the Director-General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations (2005), and grading the outbreak to Grade 3 in line with the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF). There is heightened concern about the risk of Ebola spreading to other countries. Within this framework, a WHO Ebola Response team is dedicated exclusively to coordinate international response, and mobilise international technical assistance from WHO, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and other partners and stakeholders to provide direct support for national outbreak response activities and in the field. Description of duties: Under the supervision of the WHO Country Representative, the Operational Planning Specialist will undertake the following tasks to support the four pillars of the Emergency Health Response (Safe and Dignified Burials, Community Engagement, Surveillance/Laboratory/Contact tracing, Case Management) and the support to Operations. He\she will: - Support the technical leads for the development of their overall project plans;- Develop service models and associated cost units;-Develop and implement operational monitoring tools and framework;- Provide support and coordinate the preparation, production and update of the operational plans, including timelines, templates and framework;- Provide support in defining data requirements and for the data gathering required to monitor and update operational plans;- Update the operational models; develop forecasting tools and frameworks;- Work and interact with senior managers;- Develop clear concise reports or presentations for WHO management;- Work as a team with the Response Monitoring Coordinator and the Surveillance Coordinator to ensure consistency of the analysis;- Work as a team with UNMEER and the National Coordination Structure; contribution to the overall EBOLA Response operational planning;- Other duties as required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:University Degree in Business Administration, Political Sciences, Economics or Project Management.Desirable:Master's Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Programme Management, Public Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation, or any related field relevant to the UNMEER mandate. Skills: - High degree of integrity, professionalism, personal initiative and willingness to accept a wide range of responsibilities;- Ability to take ownership, and work independently without supervision under established procedures; - Effective organizational, planning and problem-solving skills;- Ability to manage large volumes of work in an efficient and timely manner;- Ability to establish priorities; plan, coordinate and monitor work;- Ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;- Ability to operate in compliance with organisational rules and regulations;- Have affinity with, or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development;- Flexibility and willingness to live and work in hazardous and remote places, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including the possibility of extensive travel within the mission area;.- Ability to operate effectively in a team across organizational boundaries; - Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;- Proven interpersonal and organisational communication skills;- Commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance and commitment towards the UN core values.IT skills:Solid computer skills, including full proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word etc) and other IT applications\database and office technology equipment. Experience: Essential: A minimum of 5 years of progressive, responsible relevant experience, preferably in developing countries.Desirable: - Experience in a management capacity;- Experience working in post-conflict or post-disaster contexts;- Experience working in a demanding and dynamic international organisation. Languages: Depending on the country of assignment:- For French speaking countries: Good working knowledge (written & spoken) of French. Knowledge of English an advantage.- For English speaking countries: Good working knowledge (written & spoken) of English. Knowledge of French an advantage. Additional Information: THIS VACANCY IS GENERIC AND OUTLINES THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSONLY THOSE APPLICANTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED FOR DEPLOYMENT AGAINST A SPECIFIC POSITION WILL BE CONTACTED. AS REFERENCE CHECKS WILL BE MADE THROUGH YOUR CURRENT AND PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS AT THE POINT OF SHORTLISTING, PLEASE ENSURE THAT THEY ARE INFORMED OF THE URGENCY TO PROVIDE RAPID FEEDBACK. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU INDICATE THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS WHEN COMPLETING YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY FORM.PRIOR TO DEPLOYMENT CANDIDATES MUST:- HOLD A VALID YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE- COMPLETE THE ONLINE UNDSS BASIC II SECURITY IN THE FIELD TRAINING WHICH IS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH https://training.dss.un.org/courses/v21/pages/dss_login_register.php- PROVIDE ALL COPIES OF DEGREES/DIPLOMAS INDICATED IN THEIR PERSONAL HISTORY FORMPERSONS CONTRACTED AGAINST THIS VACANCY NOTICE WILL COMPRISE A MOBILE WORKFORCE AND MAY BE DEPLOYED TO ANY LOCATION WITHIN THE ASSIGNED COUNTRY, BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THAT COUNTRY. THEY MAY ALSO BE REDEPLOYED TO ANOTHER LOCATION DURING THE COURSE OF THEIR ASSIGNMENT. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. INTERVIEWS MAY BE USED AS A FORM OF SCREENING Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education and Training
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Ebola
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2016-01-31

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