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ROSTER Temporary - Public Health Officer - National Professional Officer

Qamishli (Syria)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Qamishli (Syria)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme 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


1. Secure information from a broad range of health sectors, evaluate, analyze and interpret the data and advice on necessary actions.2. Assess and periodically review health threats from epidemic diseases and periodically conduct public health risk analysis for health threats and develop a public health risk profile for epidemic and other potential health threats3. Develop, assess and improve public health surveillance systems and registries in coordination with the concerned teams.4. Develop different situational reports relevant to the health of displaced people or other population groups affected by crisis in addition to comprehensive qualitative and quantitative periodic reports per WHO indicators on activities in public health facilities.5. Conduct technical reviews on programme plans, proposals and other documents relevant to the programme in coordination and alignment with national plans developed at Country office level in Damascus6. Provide technical guidance for prevention and control of disease outbreaks during and after emergency situations.7. Manage capacity building initiatives for respective target audiences; Design comprehensive plans and conduct trainings for health personnel in the camps and in health facilities located in the host communities.8. Conduct weekly coordination meetings with all relevant partners and project staff; produce, circulate and track minutes and related decisions and develop detailed “lessons learned― reports documenting achievements and obstacles to implementation.9. Recommend coordinations mechanisms and improvement to current and future field operations in the area of work.10. Proactively participate in the development of project proposals to mobilize resources.11. Establish, convene and coordinate the health sector sub-national working group in alignment with the health sector structure in the country office on a regular basis.12. Serve as the Team Lead for sub-office and coordinate the sub-office technical and administrative tasks as specified within the WRs delegation of authority to the sub office.



Essential: First level university degree is required in Medicine or Public Health.
Desirable: Master's Degree in Public Health


Essential: At least 5 years of experience in public health and health sector coordination. Experience in capacity building
Desirable: Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or experience in UN Organizations, NGOs is considered an asset. Project management / Results-based Management (RBM) is an asset.


1) Proven skills in capacity building2) Demonstrate knowledge of health sector activities in the context of emergency response relief.3) Broad knowledge of Emergency programmers, policies and interventions.4) Ability to work under pressure.5) Knowledge of WHO and UN programmes.6) Excellent presentation skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results

Promoting innovation and organizational learning

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local language.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD USD 25,511 (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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