Trauma Care Specialist
- Background and Justification
To provide technical expertise to support the Ministry of Health to prepare and respond to the health needs in relation to the evolving situation in the country. A significant part of this works relates to ensure coordinated planning, revision of standards and training of both front line medical staff as well as hospital staff in trauma and surgical care as well as Mass Casualty Management. This is within a rapidly changing context with volatile security situation and needs to support new local areas through hospitals set up, refurbishment and staffing.
- Objectives of the Programme
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Under the supervision of the WHE Team Lead and working closely with counterparts at the respective Country Office, HQ, other WHO staff and partners, the incumbent has the front-line responsibility for the assessment of the current health system capacities in the emergency context and will support and advice to the Ministry of Health. This involves ongoing contacts with a broad range of WHO staff and responders as well as a broad range of officials from the Ministry of Health, to provide expertise and authoritative advice on priority actions to be taken and contribute in designing and implementing a trauma management system in the assigned area.
Summary of Assigned Duties
- Support the Country Office with needs assessments and liaise with technical units in determining the needs of the affected populations in regard to emergency and trauma care including referral pathways.
- Provide technical advice on all issues related to trauma care, critically reviewing, analysing and using evidence-based data for setting up or adapting standards, tools, interventions and approaches.
- Revise and develop new systems and procedures related to emergency triage, mass casualty management and, if needed, provide technical expertise on adjustments based on existing capabilities.
- Assess capacities and gaps in regard to trauma care and management at hospital levels as well as pre-hospital system to ensure best outcomes for injured patients.
- Provide technical advice and guidance on the design and formation of front line responders, medical personnel including specialized cadre based on identified gaps.
- Suggest improvements of emergency and trauma care at health facilities including components included in the Minimum Service Package (MSP) adopted in the country
- Contribute to maintaining an overview of the health-related situation in the country, analyse and synthesise incoming data from health facilities to inform operational decision, ensure that updates are provided on a regular and timely basis to all levels of the response.
- Provide technical advice to the procurement and logistics team in the specification and quantity estimations supplies, medications and other essential/critical items.
- Advice, and when required, provide onsite support to other health partners on emergency and trauma care.
- Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
- Recruitment Profile
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Functional Knowledge and Skills
- Strong technical skills and expertise in the field of trauma care
- Strong technical skills working in disasters and in resource scarce contexts,
- Concrete skills in teaching and training in the field of trauma care, such as Definitive
- Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) trainings and/or similar areas
- Exceptional communication skills
- Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.
Advanced level University degree in medicine with specialization in surgery or another closely related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
Additional professional training/specialization in hospital management, training & education, and/or other related area.
At least seven years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, working in disasters and resource scarce contexts and/or conducting Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) trainings and/or similar area.
Prior humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO, other UN agency, Health Custer Partners; Recognized Humanitarian Organizations or with an international Non-Governmental Organization with expertise in disaster and health emergencies response.
- Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English language
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian language
Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Excellent knowledge of 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 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 2778 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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