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Epidemiologist / TechnicalOfficer

Cairo (Egypt)

Background

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. The goal of the WHO is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO Secretariat staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.

The Headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland. More than 7000 people from more than 150 countries work for the Organization in over 150 WHO country offices, 6 regional offices, at the Global Service Centre in Malaysia and at the headquarters.

The regional divisions of WHO were created between 1949 and 1952, and are based on article 44 of WHO's constitution, which allowed the WHO to "establish a single regional organization to meet the special needs of each defined area". Many decisions are made at regional level, including important discussions over WHO's budget, and in deciding the members of the next assembly, which are designated by the regions.

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean that is located in Cairo, Egypt, aims to work with local governments, specialized agencies, partners and other stakeholders in the field of public health to develop health policies and strengthen national health systems.[3]

It serves the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, which includes 21 member states in the Middle EastNorth Africa, the Horn of Africa and Central Asia, as well as the occupied Palestinian territory (West Bank and Gaza Strip). The office covers an area of nearly 583 million people.

WHO helps countries prepare for emergencies and act when they strike. To this end, the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) was established in 2016. The work of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme is organized around five major areas: (1) Infectious hazard management, to ensure that strategies and capacities are established for priority high-threat infectious hazards; (2) Country health emergency preparedness and the International Health Regulations (2005), to ensure that country capacities are established for all-hazards emergency risk management; (3) Health emergency information and risk assessment, to provide timely and authoritative situation analysis, risk assessment and response monitoring for all major health threats and events; (4) Emergency operations, to ensure that populations affected by emergencies have access to an essential package of life-saving health services; and (5) Emergency core services, to ensure that the WHO Health Emergencies Programme is rapidlyand sustainably financed and staffed.

The current assignment is proposed by the Health emergency information and risk assessment Unit (HIM) of the WHE Programme.

HIM provides authoritative information for public health decision-making in emergencies, with responsibility for identifying new public health events, assessing risks to public health, conducting epidemiological surveillance and field investigations, monitoring public health interventions, and communicating public health information to technical partners: event-based surveillance is a core activity, as it enables the WHE Programme to identify new events that may have adverse public health impacts; assessing the public health risks of new events is important for the initiation of preparedness and response measures; epidemiological surveillance and investigation, as well as monitoring of public health interventions, is critical for effective management of the health consequences of new and ongoing emergencies; being able to communicate technical information to partners within the emergencies and public health community is needed so that coordination of joint interventions and capacities can be optimized.

HIM works closely with the other units in the WHE Programme, WHO disease-specific departments, WHO departments providing support to national health systems, WHO country offices, and partner organizations and non-governmental organizations that contribute to the collection of health information or to the response to public health events.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Programme Area Manager, Health emergency information and risk assessment (HIM), WHE Programme, the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the identification of existing information products, in the countries of the Region;
  • Support the identification of procedures and tools for information management, including epidemiological surveillance, in the countries of the region;
  •  Contribute to the development of a regional strategy for the collection, transmission, analysis, and dissemination of public health information. This strategy will include procedures and recommendations on tools to be used;
  • Contribute to the management of public health events (detection, verification, risk assessment, and commuinication);
  • Participate in the technical meetings of the Unit;
  • Provide advice and support in the fields of information and epidemiology to other Departments/Units of the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as to WHO Country Offices and Member States of the Region.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output:

  • Inventory of information products developed in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR);
  • Inventory of procedures and tools used for information management in the EMR countries;
  • Guidance for implementing information management procedures at country level;
  • Recommendations on IT tool specifications for supporting information management at country level;
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed;
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Competencies

  • Public Health.
  • Accountability.
  • Adaptability and Flexibility.
  • Communication.
  • Professionalism.
  • Technological Awareness.
  • Working in Teams

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master in Public Health, epidemiology, quantitative methods, information management, health economy, biostatistics, and/or attestation of enrolment in a Field Epidemiology Training Programme.
  • Medical Doctor, dentist, veterinarian or pharmacist with specialization in Public Health and/or in Epidemiology.
  • Experience in public health, epidemiology, or information management.
  • Experience in data analysis.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel,etc.) is required.
  • At least 2 years of professional experience with international agencies.

Disclaimer

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.

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: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-06

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