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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Thimphu
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-25

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National Professional Officer (Health Emergencies)

Thimphu (Bhutan)


To reduce avoidable mortality, morbidity and disability in emergencies and to work together in partnership to harmonize efforts & use available resource efficiently for the benefit of the affected people in order to provide coordinated best possible health response


Under the direct supervision of NPO (administration)and the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to Bhutan, the incumbent shall perform the following job responsibilities\:

1. Provide technical support to develop guidelines, Plans, Strategy and IEC materials for best public health practices in emergencies.

2. Organize trainings, workshops, meetings and simulation exercises on comprehensive Emergency Risk Management for health and disaster management officials.

3. Maintain liaison with Ministry of Health, Department of Disaster Management and other relevant ministries, UN bodies, development partners, I/NGOs and other stake holders for information management and coordination.

4. Monitor all matters related to procurement of emergency drugs and medical supplies, anticipate needs and take follow-up actions as and when necessary.

5. Carry out advocacy for the functionality of health facilities in order to ensure quality health services following any disasters.

6. Assist in conducting needs assessment, identify critical gaps and provide assistance to fill up the assessed gaps for disaster risk reduction.

7. Participate & assist in facilitating in various types of meetings, workshops, trainings and drills related to emergency risk management.

8. Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor



Essential\: University degree in Medicine, health or relevant social sciences
Desirable\: Master's degree in public health, or disaster management would be an advantage


Essential\: -

-At least 2 years' experience in the relevant areas.

- Some experience in formulating policies and managing planning and implementation of public health program

Desirable\: Familiarity with Government policies, priorities, structure and procedures on implementation of activities related to Health Emergencies Experience working with United Nation System, or I/NGO will be an added advantage


- Ability to interact with and advise Ministry of Health counterparts on technical areas related to comprehensive emergency risk management.

- Current knowledge of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) issues and policies, UN Humanitarian Reform & Architecture and WHO's Emergency Response Framework (ERF) is required.

- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team and adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds

- Ability to work under tight deadlines with self-initiative.

- Ability to develop plans and proposals.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at BTN 645,357 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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.
  • 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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