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Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) Officer, P-3 (multiple duty stations)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

. Background and Justification
Purpose of the Position
In the context of the Health Security and Emergencies Programme, the incumbent will support Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) activities at the country level, will support the prevention and control of high threat diseases of pandemic & epidemic potential through coordinating the forecasting, characterization of diseases and/or infectious risks and the implementation of evidence-based strategies to manage infectious hazards in Zimbabwe.

2. Job Description
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective
The World Health Emergency Programme (WHE) at country level will provide support to the Ministry of Health and Child Care in Infectious Hazard Management activities aimed at prevention and control of high threat diseases, pandemics and epidemics through the implementation of evidence based strategies.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)
Reporting to the WHO Representative in Ethiopia, the incumbent provides technical support to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) on Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) activities, including the development, implementation, and monitoring of strategies relating to Infectious Hazard Management. The incumbent is expected to fully understand relevant WHO guidelines and strategies relating to Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) to effectively support MOHCC in IHM activities. He/She will be part of the HSE Team at the WCO, and participate at the Inter Agency Coordination Committee Meetings (IACCH), Resilience-DRM Taskforce (R-DRM), National Civil Protection Committee and other relevant forums as the need arises.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected)
1.Support the development, implementation and evaluation of the national strategies and workplans pertaining to the prevention and control of high threat diseases of pandemic & epidemic potential or infectious risks and the implementation of evidence-based strategies to manage infectious hazards, interventions in high-risks groups and recommend measures for special attention, ensuring compliance with organization-wide IHM strategies.2.In close collaboration with MOHCC, monitor the early prevention, detection, verification, assessment and investigation of any risks of outbreaks and the dissemination of data related to the occurrence of outbreaks. 3.Adapt IHM global policies, concepts, tools and strategies and manage their implementation, for the prevention and, where feasible, elimination of diseases/epidemic risks. Work with partners, to improve approaches and methods of controlling epidemics in different epidemiological situations.4.Conduct the periodic reporting of infectious hazards activities, support the information systems and the monitoring facilitating integration with the national health information systems, as required. 5.Contribute to the surveillance and risk analysis of infectious diseases; participate in the rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early detection and response. 6.Make recommendations and give guidance on relevant courses of actions to be taken in affected as well as non-affected areas in order to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.7.In close collaboration with other technical teams, provide technical assistance on enhanced surveillance, infection control (including personal protection), prepositioning of drugs and medical supplies, vector control etc. 8.Support strengthening of the laboratory services in identification and characterization of disease pathogens, as well as monitoring of drug resistance.9.Represent the Country Office at official meetings as needed.10.Perform any other related duties, as required by WR Ethiopia.

3. Recruitment Profile

Competencies\: Generic

Select up to two additional core, management and leadership competencies. See the Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model Guidelines.

1. Teamwork
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communication
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Producing results

     Functional Knowledge and Skills

Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position

1.In-depth understanding of vector control, environmental health, and public health policy and strategies in the country and to some extent in the African Region.Sound technical expertise and experience in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of vector control programs 3.Good knowledge of the global/regional strategies for vector borne diseases control 4.Experience in vector control research and training5.Experience in supporting capacity development activities6.Substantial project management and coordination experience and excellent management capacity7.Ability to work in a network and in a multisectoral environment8.Effective oral and written communication skills9.Excellent interpersonal communication skills 10.Experience or sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals11.Experience of working for UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGO12.Excellent computer skills

Education Qualifications


First University degree in a relevant public health field


A Master's Degree in Public Health, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Environmental Health or other equivalent post graduate qualification



At least three years professional experience in planning, developing and implementing the control and prevention of infectious diseases programme including outbreak prevention and control, infectious hazard management and/or dangerous pathogens..


Relevant experience with the inter-agency mechanisms used to coordinate preparedness for and response to health emergencies

4. Use of Language Skills

Expert knowledge of English with and Intermediate knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.

• 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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-27

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