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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Damascus
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-18

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Technical Officer (Infectious Hazard Management)

Damascus (Syria)


The mission of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


1. Coordinate health activities to enhance surveillance for early detection and response for emerging diseases, diseases with epidemic potentials and other high threat pathogens at national/local level2. Co-develop the guidelines, tools and indicators for effective disease surveillance at the national, subnational and community level.3. Strengthen the capacities of surveillance teams for the effective and sustained surveillance of epidemic prone diseases through training courses on field investigation, detection, data management, and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks.4. Promote the effective coordination for rapid assessment, surveillance and response activities for epidemic-prone diseases in consultation with Regional Office and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs to ensure that quality disease surveillance and response is in place.5. Undertake regular field supervision visits to assess and evaluate the implementation of surveillance activities, identify gaps and recommend corrective actions based on key performance indicators;6. Coordinate and manage emergency response operations for outbreaks and other public health crisis;7. Collect required epidemiological descriptive data and other public health indicators in order to assess and monitor the quality and effectiveness of ongoing public health interventions for outbreak containment;8. Analyse, systematize, and disseminate scientific and evidence-based technical information and knowledge; support the development of the WHO Situation Reports, other related regular and ad-hoc surveillance reports; and disseminate these reports to all concerned; and provide feedbacks on the prevailing situation to the supervisors on a regular basis9. Assess and periodically review health threats from epidemic diseases and periodically conduct public health risk analysis for health threats and develop a public health risk profile for epidemic and other potential health threats10. Identify hot spots and other high risk geographic areas for transmission and circulation of high threat pathogens using a host of historical epidemiological surveillance data and also using innovative technology (GIS Mapping)11. Contribute in the development of a cross-cutting plans and activities for the strengthening of core capacities for implementation of IHR (2005)



Essential\: First University degree in medicine or public health.
Desirable\: Training in epidemiology of communicable diseases, public health and data management


Essential\: At least 5 year experience in public health or infectious diseases programme including outbreak prevention and control, infectious hazard management and/or dangerous pathogens at national and international level.
Desirable\: Experience in managing public health programme for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases Experience in managing cross-cutting initiatives involving different departments or organizational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or similar.


1) Knowledge on epidemiology of infectious diseases2) Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks.3) Experience in outbreak investigation and management4) Proven experience in management (finances, budgets and staff) and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities.5) Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.6) Capacity to work on cross-sectoral projects.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Arabic.


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 1646 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • 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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