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National Professional Officer (WHO Health Emergencies Prog.)

Afghanistan (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-28

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WHO Country office / Afghanistan will be filling two National Health Coordinator in Kandahar and Jalalabad


The program objectives are to:- Ensure access to essential life-saving health care services to affected populations with focus on conflict affected and those of Internally Displaced Persons and returnees.- Address public health risks with focus on communicable diseases among the most vulnerable affected populations.- Ensure effective coordination among the health partners on health emergency preparedness and response.


The incumbent will lead all WHO program including the health emergency activities in the region and work along with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and health partners at the regional level.Specific duties Provide technical and administrative support for the implementation and supervision of WHO supported emergency health activities in the region. Supervise and monitor the yearly-integrated plan of action in line with the national health for all strategies, during none/pre disaster, disaster and post disaster plan for reconstruction and rehabilitation of health system in Afghanistan with focus on health emergency preparedness and response. Plan and design partnerships across the Organization and beyond to ensure building capacity and promoting team work with health and non- health partners in the region, it can be WASH, Nutrition clusters, collaborating work for developing technical materials and actual implementation of training program for all categories of health workers in the region. Supervise the storage and the proper distribution of emergency medical supplies, equipment and ensure timely replenishment of regional stock of emergency. Coordinate and ensure active participation and representation of WHO in all emergency forum of coordination e.g. provincial public health coordination committee (PHCC), emergency preparedness and response committees, provincial disaster management committee meetings, ASMT, UNRET, HRT and Followed office MOSS compliance with close collaboration of local Security Assistant. Assess emergency situation by regular monitoring of disease surveillance and viable health information system in the region and initiate proper response. Provide support to National Disease Surveillance and Response/Disease Early Warning System plus surveillance system to ensure early detection and timely response to public health events and enhancement of Emergency Preparedness and Response system in the region. Supervise all transaction and financial report submissions aligned with WHO financial and administrative rules and regulationsLooks after sub-office operations including personnel management, administration and finances. Prepare quarterly report and submit to WR. Perform other related duties as deemed necessary or requested by the WHO Representative.



Essential: University degree in medicine or health related fields.
Desirable: Degree in public health as well as Knowledge and experience of the WHO and UN system.


Essential: Minimum of 5 years' field experience of emergency health service delivery and working with MOPH/NGO in EPHS/BPHS, out of which two years of project management experience at the national or international level.
Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system or an international organization


- Good knowledge of public health and emergency health service delivery strategies;- Managerial knowledge and skills including planning and implementation of health emergency activities under always difficult circumstances;- Ability to independently make decisions as required in response to emerging public health events.- Knowledge of UN system policy and procedures- Demonstrated ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment- Ability to work closely in harmony with government and international officials at regional/provincial level- Ability to work harmoniously as a leader as well as a member

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Dari. Expert knowledge of Pashto.


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: 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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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