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Programme Area Manager / CPI

Cairo (Egypt)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-25

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Emergencies Programme (The 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. CPI objectives include the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for IHR core capacities and all-hazard emergency preparedness, advancing operational readiness, and acting as the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005). CPI has an all-hazards approach and involves all three levels of the Organization. CPI prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries. The intersectoral nature of emergency preparedness entails for CPI extensive collaboration and coordination with other WHO units/departments, a large partnership with other international organizations and the consideration of several global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to health, emergencies and disasters, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, One Health, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) framework, the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS Pathway), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, regional strategies such as the Asia-Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED), the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), the European health policy Health 2020, and the regional strategies for disaster risk management. CPI coordinates its activities with international and national initiatives such as the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030.


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Emergency Director (RED), Health Emergencies Programme, and the overall guidance of the Regional Director (RD), the incumbent undertakes the following Assigned Duties:

1. Contribute to WHO's organization-wide work in the development, implementation and oversight of relevant policies, strategies, programmes of work, and annual work-plans in health emergency preparedness & International Health Regulation including the development and implementation of readiness action plans.

2. Lead and coordinate EMRO's technical and operational support to WHO country offices in the management of all-hazards health emergency risks, capacity including in relation to points of entry, transport systems, and mass gathering. Leads and coordinates efforts for overall community preparedness and resilience in relation to identified risks and .vulnerabilities.

3. Provide technical expertise and oversee the work activities of the CPI team in maintaining and disseminating technical guidelines and other knowledge products for the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities.

4. Lead, oversee and coordinate WHO's work and country support related to the implementation of the health emergency preparedness and International Health Regulation (2005). Leverage technical capacities of other WHE Units and EMRO Technical Departments on areas such as surveillance, laboratory science, case management, zoonoses, etc.

5. Lead the identification and implementation of innovative approaches for establishing evidence-based policies and strategies to strengthen the national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities.

6. Contribute to the advancement of all-hazards emergency management capacities of Member States, including effectively managed public health emergency operations centres (PHEOCs).

6. Ensure close collaborative working arrangements with other technical units and departments in regional and headquarters' offices to develop context specific approaches.

7. Build strategic partnerships and networks throughout the region, represent WHO and its positions in negotiations in relevant interagency and international fora involved promoting the Health Emergency Preparedness & International Health Regulations system.

8. Promote and enhance ongoing coordination with all relevant stakeholders and provide advice on implementation and operational issues.

9. Provide high quality technical inputs and guidance to support the development of critical core capacities for global health security including providing training and support to highly vulnerable countries to develop critical core capacities.

10. Act for the Regional Emergency Director in his/her absence, as requested.

11. Perform Other tasks as agreed with supervisor.



An Advanced university degree in a health related field, management, emergency, humanitarian disaster management, or in public health or related field .


Specialized training in epidemiology or infectious diseases. Specialized training in emergency/humanitarian preparedness and response. Training in leadership or management.



At least 15 years of international and national professional experience in planning, developing and implementing health security, emergency, surveillance, disease control and/or public health programmes, including at least 5 years of management experience in recognized leadership positions with direct responsibility for managing both human and financial resources.Relevant experience with the inter-agency mechanisms used to coordinate international preparedness for and response to health emergencies, including those most relevant to coordination of health policy and action in health emergencies


Relevant work experience in WHO and/or other UN agencies; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations. Field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrated exceptional leadership and team management skills in international and multicultural settings, including the proven capacity to lead and deliver on deadlines during periods of intense stress and activity.
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide independent leadership in such periods with capacity to organize, monitor and synthesize information quickly and concisely.
  3. Proven ability to successfully coordinate, manage and lead projects, and build partnerships, across agencies and organizational departments in the context of health emergencies.
  4. Thorough knowledge of International Health Regulations (IHR), the epidemiology of infectious diseases and other global health security threats, and of issues and practices for disease prevention and control.
  5. Proven ability to convene and coordinate experts from across other public health disciplines and sectors to achieve common objectives.
  6. Proven experience in developing and implementing public health strategies in overall community preparedness and resilience in relation to identified risks and vulnerabilities.
  7. Excellent interpersonal with proven ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, with tact, diplomacy and courtesy

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Ensuring the effective use of resources

Moving forward in a changing environment

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

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Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of French or another WHO language.

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.


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 99,595 (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 2249 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.

Interested candidates must apply on-line through our Stellis recruitment system. For assessment of your application, please ensure that: (I) Your profile on Stellis is properly completed and updated;(ii) All required details regarding your qualifications, education and training are provided; (iii) Your experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CVs/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.

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