Multiple locations

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic ObjectiveThe overall goal of WHO's Outbreak and Health Emergencies (OHE) Programme is to minimize the health consequences of emergencies due to any biological, natural, technological or societal hazard. Collective and sound health emergency and disaster risk management is essential to health security, to sustainable development and to building the resilience of communities, countries and health systems. The objectives of WHO's OHE Programme are: to help Member States build their capacity 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 minimise the impact on the health of affected populations. WHO's Health Emergencies Programme directs all of the Organization's work in health emergency risk management, with an all-hazards approach comprising risk reduction, preparedness, readiness, response and early recovery activities, and with a particular emphasis on the identification and mitigation of infectious hazards and risks. The Programme is responsible for establishing and managing WHO's operational capacity in acute and protracted emergencies, setting overall strategy and ensuring appropriate operational planning, managing field operations, developing and ensuring adherence to technical standards, and ensuring risk and performance monitoring. The Programme engages in relevant partnerships and inter-agency processes, recognizing that its impact should be optimized by coordinating, leveraging and facilitating the implementation roles of other local, national and international entities and partners best positioned to deliver the relevant clinical or other public health services. WHO's OHE Programme integrates and operates under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in the serving populations affected by outbreaks. Description of duties: Purpose of the Position: At the country or regional level, in the context of the Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Programme, the Incident Manager has overall responsibility in the coordination of planning, management, adaptation and implementation of strategies and work plans for the particular incident and in this context for WHO's incident management system in outbreaks and health emergencies, including deciding on the ordering and the release of resources. The incumbent will manage the operational and technical components with WHO/Headquarters, establish clear lines of communications, ensure proper documentation of the incident, including the provision of situation reports and action plans. Summary of Assigned Duties :During the complete operational period:1.Coordinate WHO's incident management system at the country or regional level, assess and reassess the emergency situation, determine strategies, set objectives appropriate to the level of the required response; prioritizing filling health service delivery gaps, develop an operational planning cycle to reach health sector performance standards and approve the Incident Action Plan (IAP) -- ensuring fulfillment of WHO's critical functions.2.Ensure the implementation of the IMS, ensuring synergies and smooth functioning between the operational and technical components, oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the operations, take corrective actions as necessary. 3.Provide guidance to the respective State's capacities with respect to emergency preparedness, response and recovery; ensure the participation of the country office in the joint risk assessment process of any suspected or actual emergency event.4.Build external relations, represent WHO and its positions in negotiations in relevant inter-agency and international fora involved with the incident management system at the country level.Immediate actions: 5.Manage the Health Emergency Operations, and provide technical advice to other agencies, with emphasis on the coordination and consolidation of Health Agencies and Health Cluster activities. Coordinate overall incident health related activities to ensure the concerted approach of WHO in all required functional areas as per Incident Management structure .6.Support National and local health authorities and partner with UN Agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions, in respect of the mobilization and coordination of resources, identify needs and funding gaps; encourage donors to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations. 7.In cooperation with other levels of response authorize the release of related information, communications, advocacy products and statements to internal and external partners as well as to the public. Provide information to/briefing of senior and elected officials as required, manage sensitive issues arising from the incident.8.Determines WHO response team staffing needs, ensures deployment arrangements and the mobilization of the required human resources. Provide leadership, motivation, guidance, and performance management of staff and experts, build dynamic and efficient teams to bolster WHO's incident management operations, take concrete measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all WHO responders. Demobilization/Recovery9.Oversee demobilization of the Operations Center and restocking of supplies, as appropriate. 10.Ensure that after-action activities are coordinated and completed including:Collection of all event documentation.Conduct of staff debriefings to identify accomplishments, response and improvement issuesIdentify needed revisions to the Event Management Procedures, Job Action Sheets, operational procedures, records, and/or other related itemsWriting the After Action Report and Improvement Plan REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Health related field, Management, Emergency, Humanitarian, Disaster Management from an accredited/recognized institute.In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of thedegree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained froman institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the InternationalAssociation of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can beaccessed through the link:http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will bereviewed individually. Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff. Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation. Authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in international emergency incident management systemStrong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks.Competencies: WHO global competencies model at: http://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf1.Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond2.Communication3.Respecting and promoting cultural differences.4.Ensuring the effective use of resources5.Creating an empowering and motivating environment6.Promoting WHO's position in health leadership7.Teamwork. Experience: Essential: At least 10 years of related experience in emergency management and operations, with proven experience in incident management systems. Substantial experience at both national and international levels in leadership positions, capacity building and their implementation. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships and/or experience in developing countries. Substantial experience in efficient human and financial resource management.DesirableRelevant work experience in outbreaks and/ health emergency management and related strategy development with WHO and/or UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset. Additional Information: Additional Information:THIS VACANCY IS GENERIC AND OUTLINES THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.ONLY THOSE APPLICANTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED FOR DEPLOYMENT AGAINST A SPECIFIC POSITION WILL BECONTACTED. AS REFERENCE CHECKS WILL BE MADE THROUGH YOUR CURRENT AND PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS ATTHE POINT OF SHORTLISTING, PLEASE ENSURE THAT THEY ARE INFORMED OF THE URGENCY TO PROVIDE RAPIDFEEDBACK. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU INDICATE THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS WHEN COMPLETING YOUR PERSONALHISTORY 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 FORM.This VN is for External Candidates. Salaries, allowances and benefits will be calculated based on the duty station and type of contract.Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int (To learn more about WHO's operations )http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateCandidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or dutystation of the Organization throughout the world. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. A written test and 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: P-5, International Professional - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Emergency Aid
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-06-10

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