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Medical Officer, IST, IHR, Risk Management and Preparedness


OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : To reduce mortality, morbidity and societal disruption resulting from epidemics, natural disasters, conflicts and environmental, chemical, radio-nuclear and food-related emergencies, as well as antimicrobial resistance, through prevention, preparedness and response in the context of the International Health Regulation (IHR 2005).To increase country capacity to implement international health regulation, to build resilience and adequate preparedness for mounting a rapid, predictable and effective response to major epidemics and pandemics and to manage public health risks associated with emergencies. Description of duties: The Medical Officer, IST, IHR, Risk Management and Preparedness provides technical support to Member States, in countries covered by the IST, to strengthen the capacity for rapid detection, confirmation and response to epidemic prone diseases as well as other public health emergencies and collaborates with Member States and partners in the sub-region for the development, monitoring and evaluation of epidemic preparedness and disaster risk management plans and SOPs. Under the guidance and overall supervision of the Programme Manager/Coordinator (TBD), IHR and Preparedness and within the framework of the work plans/agreed upon strategies, and the scope of the IHR (2005), Emergency Response Framework (ERF), the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the incumbent provides technical input to countries and external partners, including humanitarian actors in the sub-region, to develop policies, strategies, plans and activities related to disaster risk management and emergency preparedness, and contributes to capacity development at country and sub-regional levels to prevent and mitigate emergency public health events.Contacts - Duties require extensive contact and coordination with countries, in the WHO/AFRO Region covered by the IST, to enhance practices which support and guide the implementation of agreed guidelines, to maximize impact and cooperation on disaster risk management and emergency preparedness. Successful attainment of the objectives and expected results involves on-going contacts with a Member States, National IHR focal points and humanitarian actors to strengthen communication and partnerships. Within the delegated authority, to represent IHR at national and sub-regional meetings to promote and/or negotiate cooperation.The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda: - To provide technical input to Member States and National IHR Focal Points, in the WHO/AFRO Region covered by the IST, to develop and implement IHR plans of action and to monitor progress and prepare annual reports on IHR implementation;- To work with WHO, Member States and relevant stakeholders to conduct comprehensive assessments of IHR core capacities and gaps to identify countries and sub-regions with the greatest need for IHR improvement, participate in activities to streamline implementation of IHR and target improvements in IHR core capacities in priority countries in the IST;- To proactively participate in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national and sub-regional disaster risk management policies, strategies, plans and activities to strengthen epidemic, emergency and disaster preparedness and readiness leading to improved prevention and mitigation of public health outbreaks and emergencies;- To actively support countries covered by the IST on situation analysis, risk assessment, (including the assessment of risk related to epidemics), and evaluation of regional epidemic preparedness and readiness, to improve the design and formulation of action plans and programmes that will facilitate and enable the implementation of strengthened national capacity for Epidemic Preparedness and Readiness;- To contribute to the identification of national capacity gaps in disaster risk management and epidemic preparedness and to support training to strengthen national disaster risk management and preparedness skillsets;- To collaborate with and support countries in the IST in the development of guidelines for the continual assessment of country level of readiness/preparedness for outbreaks and guidelines to support the preparation of comprehensive epidemic preparedness and readiness plans;- To maintain and support the development, implementation and monitoring of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for major epidemic diseases at country and sub-regional level;- To identify opportunities for advocacy and resource mobilization efforts to ensure adequate funding, human and logistical resources to facilitate disaster risk management planning and epidemic preparedness;- To support country and sub-regional partnerships and collaboration with UN agencies, NGOs, bilateral cooperation institutions and other partners for IHR, disaster risk management and epidemic preparedness;- To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential :- Degree in Medicine with postgraduate degree in Public Health or EpidemiologyDesirable :- Post graduate training in disaster risk management or field epidemiology or specialized training related to infectious or tropical diseases.Verification of Educational qualifications:"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 these will be reviewed individually". Skills: Demonstrated expertise in supporting IHR, disaster risk management and epidemic preparedness programmes at national and sub-regional levels including implementation, monitoring and evaluation; In-depth knowledge and skill supporting the analysis and development of policies, strategies, programmes and plans; Experience working in health development programmes in multi-sectoral, national and sub-regional contexts; Strong knowledge of epidemiology and proven understanding of the management of infectious diseases programmes, monitoring and evaluation of epidemic prone diseases, such as yellow fever, meningitis, cholera, Ebola; Proven skills supporting the development of national capacity; Excellent interpersonal, presentation, communication and problem solving skills and the ability to write in a clear and concise manner. Expertise in working with diverse stakeholders, promoting consensus and communicating progress; Proven skills in developing and nurturing partnerships at all levels including for resource mobilization; Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.Other Skills (e.g. IT) :-Good level of computer literacy and the ability to analyze and manage electronic information.WHO Competencies: 1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;2. Producing results;3. Ensuring the effective use of resources;4. Communicating in a credible and effective way;5. Fostering integration and teamwork. Experience: Essential :- At least seven years' experience in IHR, disaster risk management and epidemic/emergency/disaster preparedness in developing countries and humanitarian actions and interventions. Knowledge of the WHO Policy and strategy for emergency and humanitarian action and interventions of other UN agencies, donors and NGOs for humanitarian assistance. Proven experience of effective multi-agency partnership collaboration.Desirable :- Experience in medical emergenciesExperience with intergovernmental agencies, the UN System or WHO and knowledge of national, regional and global partnerships and networks especially in the field of emergency response operations. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and/or French with a good working knowledge of the other. Additional Information: WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: Click on: . to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Mobility :- 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. Post Adjustment: 34.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: 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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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Ouagadougou
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medicine
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Medical Doctor
    • Medical Doctor
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-30

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