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Consultant Contract - Emergency Medical Team


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States 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 affected populations.
Organizational context
Under the direct supervision of the Operational partnerships team lead, and the second level supervision of the EMO/PAM, and in close collaboration with other units of the WHE program, the consultant will support the overall rolling out of the EMT Initiative within the AFRO region as defined by countries and regional partners during the EMT introductory workshop held in Senegal in 2017.
Countries in the African region of WHO are prone to disasters and disease outbreaks that require specific Emergency Medical Teams to address case management as well as critical elements of the control of outbreaks like laboratory, and other public health/social science experts such as epidemiology and social mobilization. The last Ebola outbreaks highlighted the need to deploy international emergency medical teams—highlighting the need to readjust the EMT concept in the African region. 
Duties require extensive ongoing contacts with some of the targeted countries by the EMT initiative in the African region. Successful attainment of the objectives involve extensive contacts to initiate and strengthen partnerships at the regional and country levels with a broad range of officials from Member States and representatives of medical NGOs involved in the clinical management of cases during health emergencies.
Description of duties\:
Purpose of the Position\:
The EMT consultant will serve as the principal focal point for rolling out the EMT initiative in region which include but not limited to the organization and participation to EMT missions and training workshops, the support to the development and production of EMR-related EMT policies, plans and procedures, as well as the direct support to ongoing emergency response operations requiring EMT capacities if needed.
As a key member of regional operational partnership team, the selected consultant will also have to contribute to the proper implementation of the regional EMO Partnerships strategy by building, maintaining and improving the partnerships with all relevant organizations involved in the provision of direct clinical health services during emergencies occurring in the region. The incumbent will be deployed to emergency operations when required for supporting the coordination of clinical case management with all relevant partners.
Summary of Assigned Duties\:
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned to the following duties\:
  1. Ensure and support the organization of EMT awareness workshops and all other relevant EMT trainings in the countries based on the indications of the workshop and subsequent prioritization
  2. Ensure the operationalization of the regional EMT technical working group as well as contribute to relevant technical discussions with national health authorities and partners.
  3. Support the engagement of other regional/sub-regional organizations in Central, East and Southern Africa in regard to the rolling out of the EMT initiative in the sub-regions.
  4. Support the finalization of a brief paper on EMT initiative in the region and the organization of a side event at the next Regional Committee meeting.
  5. Ensure the continuous mapping and update of EMT capacities and opportunities in countries both with national health authorities and partners
  6. Support the process for availing different EMT technical/strategical documentation in French.
  7. Ensure the proper mobilization of relevant partners for rolling out the initiative in countries and at the regional level
  8. Contribute to the monitoring and documentation of the rolling out of the initiative in the region
  9. Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.
Essential\: A first university degree in medicine with experience having practiced as a clinician in acute care settings.
Desirable\: An advanced degree in any of the fields related to emergency public health, clinical case management during outbreaks, trauma, surgical and/or related fields and public health education.
Technical skills for writing technical documents for use by clinical teams and planning large medical team deployments and international evaluation and training missions will be an asset.
Qualifications or studies in emergency management; specialization in Organizational Development and/or Change management in humanitarian context would be an asset
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\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
Functional Knowledge and Skills\:
  1. Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of the mandates of EMTs (Emergency Medical Teams) and other WHO global partnerships initiatives (GOARN, Health Clusters) complemented by proven leadership skills to motivate staff at all levels, partners and experts.
  2. Demonstrated sound knowledge of the landscape and dynamics of health emergencies in the African region
  3. Demonstrated sound expertise of the interests and dynamics of partners involved in the clinical case management and coordination of clinical teams during health emergencies in the region.
  4. Capacity to conceptualize, organize and critically analyze situations and solve problems.
  5. Sound organizational and planning skills complemented by ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure within short deadlines.
  6. Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  7. Diplomacy, tact and courtesy
  8. Other Skills (e.g. IT)\: Computer literacy.
A minimum of 7 years' experience in response to health emergencies at the national and international levels, complemented by sound relevant clinical experience in humanitarian and complex settings.
Experience working with WHO and Member States on emergency medical teams or non-governmental organizations
Fluency in English and French.
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brazzaville
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-31

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