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Programme Area Manager

Cairo (Egypt)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-05

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. Emergency Operations within the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support.The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance, as well as representation to key interagency bodies.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties\:

-Lead the development of annual work plans in emergency operations; ensure their effective implementation, and monitoring and reporting of results.

-Lead, supervise and manage a team of emergency professionals to ensure high quality technical and operational support to WHO country programmes responding to emergencies.

-Direct and guide the consistent application of WHO standards (e.g. Emergency Response Framework, Emergency Standard Operating Procedures), technical guidelines and best practices; revise and update guidance, as required.

-Oversee the functioning of the EMRO Emergency Operations Centre and ensure that it operates according to international standards and best practices.

-Activate the emergency operations facilities, establish clear lines of communications, promote and foster effective collaboration with and provide authoritative technical advice to other agencies, with emphasis on the coordination and consolidation of health agencies and health cluster activities.

-Oversee and promote, with a broad range of UN agencies, international, governmental and nongovernmental organizations/institutions, the mobilization and coordination of resources, identify needs and funding gaps; encourage donors to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations.

-Develop WHO operational readiness capacities to ensure timely and effective response to acute emergencies, including participation in simulations and exercises.

-Deploy to emergency operations as a member of surge teams as needed, and undertake regular country visits to ongoing emergency operations.

-Collaborate with Health Systems Department, other WHO departments and partners to develop context-specific approaches to working in protracted emergencies, including the operationalization of the humanitarian-development nexus.

-Collaborate with Health Information Management Unit to ensure consistent application of Public Health Information Standards, including regular reporting of the quality and effectiveness of WHO emergency operations.

-Oversee and supervise the Operations Support and Logistics team and ensure that the deployment of emergency medicines, supplies and equipment is both timely and effective.

-Play a key role in overseeing sound and effective leadership, motivation, guidance, management and performance evaluation of EMO staff, including proactively promoting effective team work and achievement of results and resolving problems, within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, and WHE accepted procedures; and managing EMO global budget within the framework of WHO Staff and Financial Rules and Regulations.

-Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including deployment for emergency operations and backstopping for others as required.




Master's degree in medicine, nursing, public health or social science.

Specialization in epidemiology, emergency and/or humanitarian response; training or studies in leadership or management



At least 15 years of proven experience in public health in the field of emergency operations in response to epidemic events, outbreaks and other public health emergencies combined with leadershipand managerial experience, with at least five years' experience in coordinating large scale public health projects in developing countries, with knowledge of inter-agency mechanisms in the area of international preparedness and response to health emergencies.

Experience in WHO and/or the UN System in the areas of outbreak response and/or humanitarian interventions; field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.


-Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills in international and multi-cultural settings combined with proven ability to successfully coordinate, manage and lead projects, and build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies.

-Sound strategic and tactical thinking with ability to formulate clear comprehensive policies, strategies and plans.

-Superior organizational skills with ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.

-Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, with tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

-Authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in international emergency management and humanitarian response, with a broad-based understanding of its growing complexity including knowledge of the workings of relevant international policy-setting bodies.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French. 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 99,595 (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 2249 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.
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