Technical Officer (International Health Regulations)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMEThe mission of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & the International Health Regulations (CPI)include the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities, the provision of technical support to WHO's regional and country offices and countries in their effort to strengthen intersectoral national preparedness and readiness capacity for the early detection, timely and effective response, to public health emergencies as required under the International Health Regulations (2005). CPI ensures that needs listed in national action plans are translated into targeted capacity building in the priority/vulnerable countries.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIESAdvise on the development, implementation and evaluation of country strategies and workplans pertaining to the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & International Health Regulations national programme, ensuring compliance with WHO's organization-wide CPI strategies.Collect, assess and track the status of technical and financial support to country core capacities, the development of national action plans and the costing to prepare for, detect and mount a rapid and effective response to public health emergencies, address gaps in close collaboration with respective units and WHO Country Offices.Ensure the documentation of progress, outcomes and effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation of country capacity and of national action plans related to the implementation of IHR (2005).Manage the IHR work related to the required national procedures, skills, information sharing and coordination mechanisms are established and functioning, particularly through an effective National IHR Focal Point.Where relevant and in close collaboration with the Country Office, support the provision of data and information required for any IHR-related documents to be presented to WHO Governing bodies, for the work and deliberation of an IHR Emergency Committee or an IHR Review Committee or an IHR technical consultation.Implement policies, norms, standards and guidelines to support the development of critical core capacities for global health security, provide training and support to national authorities to develop critical core capacities.Promote multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities with key partners, at the country level, such as OIE, FAO, ICAO, UNWTO , to ensure the successful implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacities in line with IHR (2005) requirements, as well as the identification of financing for country plans.As and when required, support the assessment of the performance of national transport, tourism and mass gatherings capacity, the dissemination of practical guidelines and tools to support the enhancement of the national capacities, oversee the effective implementation of national surveillance systems and the implementation of best practices in accordance with IHR (2005) requirements.Represent the CPI at official meetings as needed.Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
EducationEssential: Advanceduniversity degree (Masters level or above) in public health or Medical degree
Desirable: Specialized training in epidemiology. Specialized training inemergency/humanitarian response. Post-graduate degree in public health orpublic health-related discipline from an accredited/recognized institute.
ExperienceEssential: At least 7 years of international andnational professional experience in planning, developing and implementinghealth security, emergency, surveillance, disease control, and/or public healthprogrammes. Relevant experience with the inter-agency mechanisms used tocoordinate international preparedness for and response to health emergencies,including those most relevant to coordination of health policy and action inhealth emergencies. Relevant experience in the implementation of InternationalHealth Regulations (2005).
Desirable: Demonstrated role in leading institutions for policy development and implementation. Experience in working with WHO or in UN organizations/agencies. Experience in gender related issues.
SkillsThorough knowledge of International Health Regulations (2005), the epidemiology of infectious diseases and other global health security threats, and of issues and practices for disease prevention and control. Proven ability to coordinate and manage projects, build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies. Sound tactical thinking with the ability to formulate clear comprehensive strategies and plans. Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Expert knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other WHO language.
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 74,913 (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 2191 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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