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Technical Officer (Country Readiness)

Nairobi (Kenya)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe mission of the WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) Programme is to helpcountries to establish emergency readiness and response capacity, and tocoordinate national action to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to,and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESThe objectives of WHO's Emergency Preparedness and Response is to support member states develop and sustain the capacity and a robust system to detect, analyze, report and promptly respond to disease outbreaks and other events of potential public health impact. It also aims at building capacity of member states to identify major hazards and take necessary measure to mitigate and reduce possible impacts during emergencies. The incumbent will be assigned the following duties;1. Provides technical expertise and guidance in the field of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) including provision of expertise and authoritative advice for the collection, validation, analysis and dissemination of data, the design and implementation of Early Warning and Response System, and the coordination of related activities. 2. Establishes and maintain close collaboration with a broad range of staff from MOH, health facilities, county health offices and partners to promote and facilitate effective cooperation for the implementation of related policies and procedures,3. Provides elaborate strategies and guidelines to ensure the quality and usefulness of EPR interventions including the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response(IDSR), monitoring and rapid assessments when required during emergencies;4. Provides support in capacity building in the country to meet the core IHR competencies. Monitor progress, identify critical gaps and support the review and re-planning for meeting the required core competencies. 5. Ensure that humanitarian health needs are identified by planning and coordinating joint, inter-cluster, initial rapid assessments adapting to the local context the IRA tool, as well as follow-on more in-depth health sub-sector assessments, as needed.6. Mobilize Health Cluster Partners to contribute to establishing and maintaining an appropriate Early Warning and Response System, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population and the situation in the areas where they work.7. Ensures a close contact and collaboration with MOH and state health offices to ensure timely communication of events of potential health risks including disease outbreaks. Monitor trends and report potential emergencies to ensure timely and coordinated response. 8. Monitor internal WHO capacity to implement the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) in collaboration with the other units within WHO. Participate in the development of strategies and implementation of interventions to build the WCO capacity to implement ERF. 9. Support the MOH in collaboration with the regional office and HQ to strengthen cross border collaboration, capacity building and information exchange. 10. Support the health cluster to Identify and make contact with health sector stakeholders and existing health coordination mechanism, including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society.11. Secure information from a broad range of health sectors, analysing and recommending actions and guidelines for the elaboration of medium- and long-term plans of work and strategies, including consolidating health data in trends and trends assessment, with particular attention to surveillance, monitoring and early warning;12. Lead and promote the effective coordination of surveillance and assessment activities with Regional Offices and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs;13. Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the WRREQUIRED QUALIFICATIONSEducationEssential\: -->First Degree in medicine, health related disciplineand/or postgraduate degree in Public Health epidemiology, mathematics, or statistics, with specialization in public health and studies in computer sciences.Desirable\: Additional training on disaster management andessential statistical packages and information management system.ExperienceEssential\: -->Five years of professional experience with an emphasis on disease surveillance and emergency preparedness and response. Demonstrable experience of working in Kenya in the last three years inclusive. Sound knowledge of the operations of Health Cluster principles and mechanisms.Desirable\: Good knowledge of WHO health surveillance system and programme management an end-to-end business processes as designed in theGlobal Management system; experience in project management, ideally in the UNsystem and/or a public health context; Good knowledge of GSM system or similarERP systems; experience with staff training in surveillance and healthmanagement information systems.Skills-->Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance andmonitoring systems as related to emergency preparedness and response,complemented by skills in the field of epidemiological or statistical datacollection, assessment, analysis and the evaluation and monitoring in a publichealth context. -->Familiarity with polio eradication, measlesmortality reduction, neonatal tetanus elimination activities and strategies aswell as key routine and supplemental immunization activities. -->Ability to conceptualize and promote innovativestrategies and policies. -->Ability to communicate and write in a clear andconcise manner, and to develop effective guidelines. -->Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skillscomplemented by ability to motivate and lead others, and to promote consensus. -->Ability for research and innovations to addresscritical gaps.WHO CompetenciesTeamworkRespecting and promoting individual and cultural differencesCommunicationBuilding and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyondCreating an empowering and motivating environmentUse of Language SkillsEssential\: Expert knowledge of English.Desirable\: REMUNERATIONRemuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at KES 6,418,012 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. A written test may be used as a form of screening. 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\://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. For information on WHO's operations please visit\: http\://www.who.int. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco. This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-24

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