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Team Lead

Cairo (Egypt)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cairo (Egypt)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-30

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Position #381854 - Team Lead - IHM (Infectious Hazard Management)



The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage public health threats and health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and health emergencies and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The unit of Infectious Hazards Management is responsible for supporting countries for prevention and control of high threat diseases of both epidemic and pandemic potential through development and dissemination of evidence-based strategies, policies, tools, norms and standards to manage infectious disease hazards. The Sub-Unit of High Threat Pathogens (PAT) develops strategies, guidance, regional mechanisms and interventions to address high threat pathogens responsible for epidemics or pandemics thereby reducing their impact on affected populations and limiting their international spread. This group deals with known high threat pathogens such as influenza, Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF), Zika, Chikungunya, cholera, yellow fever, coronaviruses like the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), meningitis and plague.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:

1. Lead and coordinate the work on High Threat Pathogens (HTP) within the Infectious Hazards Management (IHM) t with particular emphasis on prevention and control of e regional infectious hazards and threats, specific preparedness and readiness measures necessary to mitigate and prevent these threats. .

2. Ensure development, coordination and implementation of a strategic programme to respond and control threats with potential of regional/global spread (e.g. vector-borne epidemics, emerging and re-emerging pathogens including smallpox, plague, MERS-CoV and other respiratory viruses).

3. Develop the technical guidelines and preparedness plan in collaboration with other disease programs and the preparedness groups in WHE and foster research for new tools and approaches to prevent and control infectious hazards with pandemic potential.

4. Provide the IHM contribution to the surveillance and risk analysis and risk communication of infectious hazards with pandemic potential in close collaboration with the risk assessment and information group and other groups in WHE.

5. Develop the new policies, concepts, tools and strategies and their implementation in High Threat Pathogens.

6. Plan, manage and monitor the activities of the team so that activities reflect the administrative and budgetary standards, guidelines, priorities and directions of WHE/IHM and the allocate, monitor the use of the unit's resources so that adequate support is assured.

7. Develop work plans and performance indicators, monitor, identify gaps and coordinate the work of the team and its interaction with other teams so that the work is technically excellent, effectively and efficiently conducted, and completed to a high standard.

8. Lead and coordinate the work on developing guidelines for surveillance, field investigation, detection and response to the transmission of high threat pathogens in community and healthcare settings; Collect timely data on evolving risk as well as to guide appropriate response to prevent spread;

9. Build partnerships with the various counterparts and international partners to implement appropriate interventions, including strategic planning, tactical and project planning, facilitation, instruction, and information and documentation development.

10. Proactively flag to the supervisor of situations which might pose a threat to WHO or its reputation and propose solutions to address the problems.

11. Represent the Unit at international meetings and conferences, when required.

12. Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping as required.



Essential: University degree in medicine with a master's degree in public health
Desirable: Training in field epidemiology, surveillance and outbreak investigation


Essential: At least 10 years of combined national and international level experience in public health specially in the control and prevention of infectious diseases. Proven experience in managing finances, budgets and staff and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities. (International experience normally means relevant experience gained outside the applicant’s home country).

Desirable: Proven primary responsibility for managing cross-cutting initiatives involvingdifferent departments or organizational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or similar. Proven primary responsibility in developing strategies in prevention and control ofinfectious diseases.


1) Expert level knowledge of infectious diseases, particularly in region specific infectious hazards and threats, specific public health preparedness measures for its control.

2) Solid managerial skills including proven ability to move from design of a strategic concept, to its operational implementation, to its successful completion, and sound knowledge of planning, human resources, budgeting and financing aspects of management.

3) Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks in humanitarian emergencies.

4) Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.

WHO Competencies

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

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Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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 2568 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 are strongly encouraged to apply on-line. For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.
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