Health Cluster Coordinator
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe aim of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases in the WHO Regional Office for Europe is\:(i) to improve health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in building their capacity for surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to all health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks;(ii) to promote WHO's leadership in health emergencies and communicable disease prevention and control, including through relevant regional initiatives and specific research projects;(iii) to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases, particularly, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, especially M/XDR-TB, viral hepatitis, influenza, malaria, antimicrobial resistance and vaccine-preventable diseases through strengthened immunization programmes and to achieve/maintain regional elimination/eradication goals as for measles, rubella, malaria, and poliomyelitis;(iv) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region.Within the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases, the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) aims to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The main objective of the Emergency Operations (EMO) Programme Area is\: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.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESUnder the overall guidance of Health Emergencies Coordinator and Programme Area Manager, Emergency Operations, and direct supervision of WHO Representative in the country, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities\:1. Manage, coordinate and be the overall lead within the Health Cluster or at Inter-Cluster level for rapid health needs assessments, as well as participatory assessments (Multi Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessments and Humanitarian Needs Overviews, post-event risk assessment Post Disaster/Post Conflict Needs Assessment); be familiar with and ready to choose from existing tools to confirm that the Health Cluster covers all identified humanitarian health needs of the affected population.2. Collect information from all health partners on Who's Where, since and until When, doing What (4Ws), and regularly feed the database managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). Provide consolidated feedback to all partners and the other clusters.Strategic Planning--> Lead the development, in cooperation with the Health Cluster Members, of the health sector components of the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) as well as contingency planning for potential new events and other interagency planning, ensure proper linkages with the incident management system, disaster risk reduction, relief and recovery to complement national health sector preparedness/response plans.--> Ensure full compliance with national and international Norms and Standards, oversee that Cross-Cutting issues are mainstreamed in the Health Cluster Response and implementation plans, taking into account the need for local adaptation.Coordination of the Health Cluster--> Facilitate health partner coordination and involvement in health and other related sector assessments (e.g. nutrition, WASH), planning, information, interventions, monitoring and quality assurance, and regularly report on health services delivered to the affected population.--> Identify urgent technical gaps and training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all Health Cluster partners; identify opportunities for capacity building in collaboration with partners.--> Ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of 'building back better' and specific risk reduction measures.--> Convene and facilitate consultative and results-oriented meetings in line with the principles of partnership. Organize and conduct joint support missions to field operations --> Oversee the development of a functional Information Management strategy and mechanism for the Health Cluster to facilitate information sharing as well as monitoring and reporting; ensure that the Health Cluster produces and disseminates to partners, donors, government and other stakeholders regular updates, technical reports, bulletins and briefings on the health status of the affected people, response activities, resources mobilization, achievements, challenges and the remedial actions when necessary.--> Support national (health system) capacity building in emergency preparedness and response in accordance with the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) Approach and other related guidance.Resources mobilization and funds allocation--> Liaise and manage the development of resource mobilization efforts, oversee the initiation of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and other pooled fund proposals and other funding documents, as required, in close collaboration with the Head of the WHO Country Office, and in consultation with the Health Cluster Partners and the Humanitarian Country Team.--> Establish clear and transparent prioritization criteria for vetting partners' projects for inclusion in Consolidated Appeals and pooled funds processes.Monitoring and Evaluation--> Coordinate the development, adaptation and implementation of an Indicators' Monitoring Framework to ensure adequate implementation of the Health Cluster Plans; empower partners' active involvement in joint monitoring of individual and common plans of action for health interventions. Promote peer-exchange of experiences and lessons-learned within the cluster partnership.Advocacy--> Identify core advocacy concerns for the Health Cluster through a consultative process\: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy is conveyed to the RC/HC and Humanitarian Country Team. Advocate for collective action, collective results, and collective accountability.--> Represent the Health Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multi-sectorial responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned.--> Advocate for priorities in the health sector, including protection for health workers and health facilities and the highest possible integration of the health related activities in the humanitarian agenda.Perform any other cluster related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
EducationEssential\: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Public Health, Medicine or International Health or related field.Specialized training in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.
Desirable\: Specialized training in emergency management, international aid, humanitarian principles, health system recovery, and health cluster coordination.For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.
ExperienceEssential\: At least 7 years of relevant experience at national and international level, in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships in emergency and humanitarian relief operations, including experience in managing and coordinating health programs in chronic and acute, sudden-onset emergencies.
Desirable\: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Experience in working in developing countries with sound knowledge of health systems (including health care reform, service delivery and essential medicines).
SkillsDemonstrated 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, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN Specialized Agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.Sound knowledge and experience about disaster prevention and preparedness programs and the incident management system.Excellent negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language SkillsEssential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.
REMUNERATIONWHO 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 72,637 (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 1998 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.
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