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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-01

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Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer (NPO)

Kabul (Afghanistan)


The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by\:1. Promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; 2. Coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3. Ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled.4. Revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.


1. Engage with national disaster management authority and high level officials in MOPH to develop contingency plans (winterization and floods related), monitor the implementation of the Emergency Preparedness and response (EPR) program, ensuring timely dissemination of information on progress of activities, identifying gaps and problems, suggesting remedial actions.

2. Adapt the international guidelines (disaster risk management) to the specific context of Afghanistan.

3. Build the capacity of MOPH staff in EPR to achieve efficient, effective and coordinated response to emergencies through training MOPH and relevant collaborative NGO staff in risk mapping, emergency preparedness, rapid assessment of emergencies coordination and response, revitalization of health services after emergency, and recovery.

4. Undertake provincial risk assessment and support MoPH in developing emergency preparedness and response plan.

5. Provide general briefing and guidance to EHA technical consultants in relation to the EPR local context, ensure obtaining sound deliverables and monitor implementation of recommendations.

6. Represent WHO whenever necessary in technical/advocacy meetings as well as coordination meetings.

7. Implement and monitor efficiently WHO programmes together with the health partners.



Essential\: University degree in medicine or health related fields,
Desirable\: Post graduate degree or formal training in emergency response or disaster management in the context of public health.


Essential\: At least 5 years of relevant experience in health sector coordination, with emphasis on emergency response relief and on the management of epidemic-prone diseases.
Desirable\: Familiar with the country Emergency Profile and Emergency Response activities.


1. Demonstrated knowledge of health sector activities in emergency response relief, or preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases. 2. Excellent skills in the assessment, and monitoring in the context of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and promote their implementation.3. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure. 4. Proven ability to communicate effectively. 5. Tact discretion and ability to promote consensus.

WHO Competencies

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Dari. Expert knowledge of Pashto.
Desirable\: Beginners knowledge of French.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 53,759 (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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