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Lead (Emergency Care)

Geneva (United States of America)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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WHO supports countries to strengthen their health systems to progress towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC), the essence of which is universal access to a strong and resilient, people-centred health system, with primary care as its foundation. The overall objective of WHO Division of Universal Health Coverage-Life Course is to provide global policy, programme, and technical and scientific leadership for UHC and primary health care, working in close partnership with WHO regional and country offices and other partners, towards the ultimate goal of an additional 1 billion people accessing quality UHC without financial hardship.In line with implementation of the WHO GPW13 and achievement of UHC for 1 billion more people, the mission of the Department of Integrated Health Services is to: (i) support countries to provide equitable access to integrated health services (including promotive, preventive, curative, resuscitative, rehabilitative and palliative); (ii) ensure these health services are effective, safe and people-centred, and based on a primary health care approach, and (iii) strengthen country capacity to assess and monitor the performance of health service. The Clinical Services and Systems Unit works to ensure efficient coordination and management of technical teams in developing the technical policy and guidance in the Department's activities in integrated clinical delivery channels, including primary care, emergency care, critical care, surgical care and palliative care, as well as on services organization and models of care. This position will support the ongoing work programme on emergency and critical care in the Unit, including linkage across these areas for work on service organization, models of care and time-sensitive referral pathways, and encompassing care for injury across the spectrum. This will include working across levels of WHO and all relevant programs, as well as with other UN and external stakeholders. The immediate strategic objective of the position is to support Member States to implement WHA72.16: Emergency care systems for universal health coverage: ensuring timely care for the acutely ill and injured. The objectives include: 1. Oversee the delivery of the “Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative (GETI)”; 2. Provide leadership and oversight on technical activities related to emergency and critical care, including on the capacity of emergency care systems to support effective emergency response; 3. Advance the practical understanding of and advocacy for emergency and critical care for the benefit of Member States.


Provides technical leadership and managerial support within the Unit of Clinical Services and Systems in the area of emergency and critical care ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively. Develops and proposes technical guidance and strategies for implementation in collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further emergency and critical care for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles. Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing of technical personnel, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization. Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work. Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of programme deliverables.Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in the emergency and critical care to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.Under the guidance of the the Unit Head of Clinical Services and Systems, lead and further develop WHO's emergency and critical care activities. These duties include, among other activities: represent the programme area of work at internal and external meetings to advocate for emergency and critical care develop, together with local project teams and partners, appropriate work plans to implement emergency and critical care projects in selected countries; provide technical support to Regional Advisors, Technical Officers and National Programme Officers in selected WHO country offices to design and implement good practices; assist country staff and consortium partners to train local partners to improve the organization and planning for emergency and critical care, based on available WHO normative documents;provide support to countries regarding administrative issues related to implementing integrated systems to ensure timely access to care for the acutely ill and injured; provide strategic leadership of the Global Emergency and Trauma Care Initiative; monitor and evaluate the progress of implementing relevant system strengthening measures in selected low- and middle-income countries; prepare technical and financial project reports for the donor, partners and other stakeholders; lead the development of relevant normative documents in the programme area; serve as Secretariat to the Global Alliance for Care of the Injured (GACI). perform all other related duties as assigned



Essential: An advanced level university degree in medicine with clinical specialisation in emergency medicine.
Desirable: A PhD in an area of medicine or public health related to the core functions of the position.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of emergency care systems, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies and in both pre-hospital and facility-based emergency care, with a focus on low-and middle-income countries. Demonstrated experience managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level, including a minimum of 5 years of experience in providing decision-making advice to national authorities and international organizations on prehospital and facility-based emergency care.Experience in the management of health programme implementation and evaluation. Demonstrated accomplishments in promoting improvements in national and/or sub-national emergency care systems, particularly in the setting of low- and middle-income countries.Experience with national or sub-national government emergency response planning for disasters and/or outbreaks. Experience working for WHO or other UN agencies.
Desirable: Experience with research on the implementation and effectiveness of emergency and critical care interventions. Experience in advocacy for emergency and critical care improvements. Experience working with professional societies or other key civil society partners in the area of emergency and critical care.


• Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.• Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies• Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.• Good skills in mobilizing resources.• Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders; commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the programme area.• Ability to coordinate, plan and implement projects, conduct training activities, effectively monitor and analyse data and present results. • Ability to work independently and deliver high quality work on time.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Another WHO language.


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 6363 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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