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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-11

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Technical Officer, Pandemic Influenza Preparedness,P3 (Maternity Replacement)

Copenhagen (Denmark)


The aim of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases in the WHO Regional Office for Europe is\:(i) to improve health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in building their capacity for surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to all health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks;(ii) to promote WHO's leadership in health emergencies and communicable disease prevention and control, including through relevant regional initiatives and specific research projects;(iii) to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases, particularly, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, especially M/XDR-TB, viral hepatitis, influenza, malaria, antimicrobial resistance and vaccine-preventable diseases through strengthened immunization programmes and to achieve/maintain regional elimination/eradication goals as for measles, rubella, malaria, and poliomyelitis;(iv) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region.Within the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) aims to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The main objective of the Infectious Hazard Management Programme Area is\:The Infectious Hazard Management Programme Area is responsible for establishing risk mitigation strategies and capacities for priority high-threat infectious hazards. This includes developing and supporting prevention and control strategies, tools and capacities for high-threat infectious hazards, establishing and maintaining experts networks to detect, understand and manage new or emerging high threat infectious hazards as well as providing support for the implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.The High Threat Pathogens (PAT) team develops strategies, guidance, global mechanisms and interventions to address high threat pathogens responsible for epidemics or pandemics thereby reducing their impact on affected populations and limiting their international spread. This team deals with known high threat pathogens such as influenza, Ebola and respiratory infections as well as the implementation of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework.


Under the guidance and supervision of the Team Leader and Programme Area Manager of the Infectious Hazard Management (IHM), the incumbent will assist countries in the area of pandemic preparedness by providing input and advice to the implementation of activities under the PIP Framework as described in the PIP Partnership Contribution (PC) Implementation Plan, and across all Outcomes and Outputs. Specifically, the incumbent will\:a) Provide input and advice to the development of Regional and Country (maximum 6) PIP PC work plans, activities and budget\:--> Provide technical advice for development of country specific work plans and budgets. Work with countries to ensure plans are achievable and realistic.--> Provide input on indicators for monitoring progress towards project goals.b) Provide coordination support to Regional and Country implementation of PIP PC activities\:--> Liaise with technical focal points implementing PC activities at the regional level and country level for Lab & Surveillance (L&S), influenza disease burden, regulatory capacity building, vaccine deployment and risk communications to ensure implementation as planned. --> Support the organization of meetings to launch activities and participate in regional and national level discussions as needed.c) Monitor all regional and country, technical and financial, implementation of PIP PC activities in the area of L&S\:--> Regularly monitor technical implementation of activities and progress against indicators, providing recommendations for course corrections as needed.--> Generate technical and financial progress reports on implementation of all PIP PC L&S activities in the region and its countries, using pre-defined global indicators of success. --> Ensure timely submission of technical and financial reports to the PIP Secretariat--> Participate in coordination meetings as needed.d) Draft quarterly reports on implementation of PIP PC L&S work plans to monitor the implementation of PIP PC L&S work plans.e) Support IHM Program Area Manager in liaison with PIP Secretariat, including conference calls, meeting attendance and ad-hoc issue resolution.



Essential\: University degree in a health-related field or business administration or management. Training in project management
Desirable\: Training in pandemic preparedness.


Essential\: Five years experience in project management in a health related field, notably monitoring financial and technical resources, and developing and implementing work plans. At least two years experience in the area of pandemic preparedness or health security at the international level.
Desirable\: Experience in WHO or the UN system.


--> Demonstrated knowledge of influenza/pandemic preparedness planning issues in national and international contexts.--> Excellent communication and facilitation skills to integrate planning and monitoring across Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices.--> Excellent organizational and analytical skills, complemented by good interpersonal and presentation skills.--> Effective writing of technical documents and high level of computer literacy.

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Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of WHO/EURO lang.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 60,233 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2520 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • 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.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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