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Technical Officer (Public Health Emergency Preparedness)

Manila (Philippines)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Manila (Philippines)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-18

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The mission of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks, 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.

WHE brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. WHE is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities.

The objectives of Country Health Emergency Preparedness (CPI) and International Health Regulations (IHR) includes the following: to monitor and evaluate country preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies; to develop country capacity-building plan for countries with critical capacities; and to act as the Secretariat of IHR 2005. The CPI prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low-capacity countries.

The intersectoral nature of emergency preparedness entails for CPI a large partnership with other international organizations and the consideration of several global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals related to health, emergencies and disasters, IHR (2005), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, the Performance of Veterinary Services, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, regional strategies such as For the Future, the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies (APSED III), the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response, the European Health Policy, and the regional strategies for disaster risk management. CPI coordinates its activities with international and national initiatives such as the Global Health Security Agenda and Universal Health Coverage 2030.


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

1. Lead the work involved in providing support to strengthen Member States emergency preparedness and response capacities at national and subnational levels, taking an all-hazards approach;

2. Provide technical support to country offices and Member States in reviewing and updating existing health security and pandemic preparedness plans at subnational and national levels; advise countries on the development of core health emergency planning capacities as required by the IHR (2005) and implemented through APSED III;

3. Define strategies and priorities, and proactively drive the development of standard approaches, guidance and tools to support the strengthening and effective implementation of public health emergency planning required under IHR (2005), including multisectoral all-hazard public health emergency preparedness and response plans using APSED III as an action framework;

4. Liaise with technical departments across the Organization and jointly plan with and support country offices on issues related to preparedness and response planning for public health emergencies of international concern at national and subnational levels;

5. Oversee and coordinate input and contribution in the preparation, organization and delivery of the annual APSED Technical Advisory Group meetings, including the timely preparation of documents and materials; support timely delivery of the final report, including recommendations;

6. Lead the elaboration of state-of-the-art processes to critically monitor and evaluate results of APSED III implementation, as well as its demonstrated value, anticipating challenges and recommending further activities and resolving problems, including but not limited to strategic planning for monitoring and evaluation;

7. Lead the capacity-building, training activities and simulation exercises to strengthen operational capacities of WHO and Member States; contribute to development of policies, technical standards, and guidelines ensuring adherence to regional and global policies and frameworks;

8. Undertake country support missions, make recommendations to senior management on related priorities and issues, capture lessons identified and promote their integration into broader regional health security policy and practice;

9. Promote multidisciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities to facilitate full participation across the Organization and with key partners on all aspects of the successful implementation of public health emergency preparedness capacities in line with IHR (2005) requirements and APSED;

10. Contribute to resource mobilisation, periodic evaluation of projects and donor reporting; support the preparation and management of the biennial workplans and budgets;

11. Upon request, provide technical and managerial support, backstopping and gap-filling for emergency activities at any level of the Organization or scale of emergency; and

12. Perform other related duties, as requested by the supervisor, including provision of support to other areas of work and teams or programme areas within the WHE.



Essential: University degree (master's level or above) in medicine, public health or public-health related discipline.
Desirable: Degree or studies in public health, communicable diseases, public health planning or policy or related field.


Essential: Minimum ten years' relevant experience, at national and international levels, in development, implementation and evaluation of public health emergency and/or pandemic influenza preparedness capacity, public health planning and health system capacity strengthening. Experience in developing subnational and national preparedness plans, regional health security strategies or global public health emergency guidance. Experience with designing, conducting and evaluating simulation exercises to test and strengthen public health emergency preparedness. Experience with resource-limited countries and/or implementation of regional projects.

Desirable: Work experience in WHO and other UN agency or international organizations. Proven project management experience, and development and publication of technical guidance and information products. Experience of research and knowledge management. Knowledge and understanding of WHO mandate, policies and processes.


-Demonstrated knowledge of epidemic-prone diseases.

-Sound management skills with ability to manage human and financial resources.

-Proven organizational and analytical skills, together with excellent interpersonal skills.

-Capacity to promote and implement collaboration and exchange with partners, toward the implementation of best practices.

-Proven ability to communicate and to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.

-Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.


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 89,837 (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 3608 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: 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: 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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