Emergency Health Information Mgmt. & Risk Assessment Manager
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe mission of WHO's Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Cluster 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. The Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment (HIR) unit of the EPR Cluster is responsible for providing timely and authoritative situation analysis, risk assessment and response monitoring available for all major health threats, events and emergencies. This includes detecting, verifying and assessing the risk of potential and ongoing health emergencies; establishing data collection mechanisms and monitoring ongoing health emergency operations; providing data management, analytics and reporting platform to produce and disseminate timely emergency health information products.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESUnder the direct supervision of the Regional Emergency Director (RED) in AFRO, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:1. Lead and direct the Health Emergency Information & Risk Assessment Unit by ensuring regional coordination and oversight of the unit's work programme, promoting an environment of professional inquisitiveness, anticipating new challenges, seeking solutions and evaluating their effectiveness, demonstrating to stakeholders and collaborators a commitment to excellence.2. Oversee the effective functioning of WHO and inter-agency data and information networks for tracking, analyzing and reporting on all health hazards associated with outbreaks and emergencies, across the risk management cycle. In addition, oversee the process of updating, storing, and securing data. The incumbent must be aware of and follow WHO's mandate regarding data and take appropriate measures to ensure that such data is available only to specific individuals.3. Direct and implement the information network, providing leadership in strategic planning, execution and coordination. Direct and implement protocols for data gathering and analysis ensuring the provision of evidence for the impact of interventions during outbreaks and emergencies.4. Oversee the investigation of the origins of outbreaks and emergencies with a view to their future prevention and for risk assessment. Assess resources needed to contain and resolve outbreaks and emergencies.5. Establish international standards and consensus for data collection and data sharing, including surveillance methods, monitoring and evaluation techniques, and mechanisms for the dissemination and communication of information.6. Ensure that performance standards described in the WHO Emergency Response Framework are respected with regards to the critical function of health information in emergency response.7. Direct training courses and capacity-building exercises for data collection and analysis and the communication of quantitative information. Provide expert advice on methods for the collection and analysis of data and information throughout the organization and beyond.8. In collaboration with the WHO IT department, link databases and information networks throughout the WHO system and beyond (including the Humanitarian Data Exchange), by adopting and adapting contemporary information technology platforms.9. Represent WHO on all aspects of data and information for outbreaks and emergencies and, as required.10. Review the risk assessment whenever there are any significant changes such as new work equipment, work activities or workers. 11. May act as Regional Emergency Director in absence of the incumbent. 12. Perform other duties requested by supervisors.
EducationEssential: --> Master's degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or health information management or in a related field from a recognized institution.
Desirable: --> Specialized training in field epidemiology. --> Specialized training in emergency/humanitarian response. Training in leadership or management.
ExperienceEssential: --> At least 10 years of proven experience in information management in the context of international public health programmes, including at least 5 years of experience in providing authoritative advice and guidance to expert groups and senior officials, and at least 5 years of management experience in recognized senior leadership positions with direct responsibility for managing both human and financial resources. Proven experience in policy and strategy formulation.--> Demonstrated experience in coordinating large scale projects with high political impact in developing countries.--> Proven experience in information management for acute and protracted public health emergency response efforts, including infectious disease outbreaks.
Desirable: --> Public health informatics experience including fellowship--> Design and implementation of Geographic Information Project. --> Relevant work experience in WHO or UN agencies or international NGOs; --> Experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. --> Field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.
Skills--> Data visualization capacity --> Ability to analyze and manage qualitative information; and familiarity with social media analytics tools. --> Ability to create a motivating work environment --> 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.--> Excellent interpersonal with proven ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, with tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
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 French. Intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.
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 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 4866 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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