External Emergency Roster - Health Operations Manager
Purpose of the External Emergency Roster
The purpose of the roster is to provide short-term support during acute events for a period of up to six (6) months which may be extended up to one year depending on operational needs. Placement on the roster entails a general commitment from the external candidate to deploy within 2 to 4 weeks from the time a request for availability is made.
The mission of WHOâs 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.
Reporting to the Incident Manager and under the overall guidance of the Head of WHO Country Office, in close coordination with other members of the incident management (IMS) team and the respective Regional Office and WHO/HQ, the incumbent manages WHO health programmes in response to outbreaks and health emergencies and has front line responsibility for the Operations Section. S/he will ensure the technical pertinence and scientific soundness of the operations. This requires ongoing contacts with counterparts from health cluster partners, other technical staff in partner agencies (both within and outside the UN system), and counterparts of ministries of health (MOH). S/He will work with technical staff at the three levels of the organization.
â¢ Under the guidance of the Incident Manager, manage the coverage of all health operations in support to the MOH, work with partners and facilitate the implementation of WHOâs most effective prevention, control and response measures.
1. Ensure the planning and implementation of communicable diseases programmes addressing the risk of outbreak and/or health emergency, co-develop action plans for interventions in high-risks groups and recommend measures for special attention.
12. Conduct research in etiology, physiopathology, transmission, reliable and rapid diagnostic, effective prevention and treatment of any of the causes of excess morbidity and mortality of the affected population and recommend remedial actions.
13. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Respecting and promoting cultural differences
5. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
Functional Knowledge and Skills
â¢ Demonstrated skills in and knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations.
â¢ Proven skills to manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
â¢ Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques of public health, communicable diseases and health service delivery.
â¢ Advanced university degree (Masterâs level or above) in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, Tropical Medicine, Health Systems/Services, Administration or related field from an accredited and recognized academic institution.
â¢ First university degree in Medicine or Public Health from an accredited and recognized academic institution.
â¢ Specialized training in emergency management; specific training in humanitarian response.
â¢ At least seven (7) years of relevant professional work experience, at the national and international levels, in health operations, with proven experience in managing outbreaks and health emergencies.
â¢ Relevant experience in managing human and financial resources.
â¢ Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency management.
â¢ Relevant work experience in development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO and/or UN agencies.
â¢ Relevant experience working in nongovernmental, health cluster partners or humanitarian organizations.
Use of Language Skills
â¢ Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
Other Skills (e.g. IT)
â¢ Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.
Note\: This Vacancy Notice is open to external candidates, WHO consultants and short term staff on SSA/TA contracts who meet the minimum requirements of the position. Only shortlisted candidates will advance to the assessment stage of the pre-qualification process; and will be notified of its outcome accordingly.
Placement on the External Emergency Roster does not guarantee a commitment from WHO to recruit or hire the candidate in emergency responses as this depends on the operational needs of the Organization.