Technical Officer - Response
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment Programme Area is responsible for identifying new public health events, assessing risks to public health, conducting epidemiological surveillance and field investigations, monitoring public health interventions, and communicating public health information to technical partners. Working with designated epidemiologists assigned to the area of work, the incumbent conducts epidemic intelligence activities, provides technical support in the areas of epidemiology, detection, verification and risk assessment of health in emergencies. The incumbent will be expected to deliver the following outputs: i) rapid risk assessments (RRA) of acute public health events; ii) updated Event Management System; iii) timeline of events maintained up-to-date and analyzed; iv) support the development of the re-modelled RSIS, and v) scientific articles and reports on best practices and lessons learned on event detection and response. The incumbent may be deployed to emergencies when required.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The mission of WHO's Health 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
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent is expected to perform specific tasks which include:
1. Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to needs;
2. Contribute to all aspects of early detection of acute public health events, including but not limited to event-based surveillance; indicator-based surveillance; verification and risk assessment, monitoring, and information-sharing on events that may constitute a public health emergency of international concern;
3. Develop and/or maintain a database of historical events reported in the region to ease access, retrieval and analysis of data and information required for evidence-driven risk assessment;
4. Support the development of RSIS by contributing to the definition of technical requirements and testing of surveillance, outbreak and other modules. Develop and/or update the standard operating procedures and tools for epidemic intelligence related activities; perform analyses to assist in the formulation of briefing documents and materials; situation analyses; and convening multi-disciplinary risk assessments, as appropriate;
5. Participate in activities including but not limited to supporting the further development and maintenance of the WHO Event Management system (EMS) and Event Information System (EIS) and other event-based surveillance systems; supporting the development and future implementation of the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) platform; monitoring and evaluation of performance and results of epidemic intelligence activities;
6. Develop or contribute to the development of critical information products including but not limited to RRA outputs; reports on best practices and lessons learned on the implementation of event-based surveillance and indicator-based surveillance in the region; and scientific articles;
7. Contribute to development of training materials and capacity building in the areas of early detection and response to acute public health events;
8. Partake in emergency epidemiological field missions as required;
9. Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including backstopping for others as required;
Essential: Post graduate degree in epidemiology, public health, or international health from a recognized university.
Desirable: University Degree in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, medical biology or a related discipline. Advanced degree in epidemiology, public health, international health, complemented by degree or diploma in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, midwifery, nursing, medical biology or a related discipline. In-service training in field epidemiology such as Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory).
Essential: At least seven (7) years of experience with successful track record in epidemiology, surveillance and/or control of acute public health events; epidemic intelligence at the national and/or international levels plus demonstrated field experience in the context of large epidemics or public health at the national and international levels.
Desirable: Field experience in epidemiology, surveillance and/or control of acute public health events experience in resource limited countries; experience of working with event-based surveillance and risk assessment; experience in responding to complex humanitarian crises. Knowledge of WHO processes of verification, alert and response operations
- Experience in surveillance, field epidemiology, emerging diseases and outbreak response in an international context;
- Ability to interact in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting environment involving technical, cultural and political elements;
- Sound analytical and organizational skills;
- Willingness to deploy at short notice in support of international emergency health interventions;
- Excellent presentation and communication skills, with emphasis on writing skills;
- Proven ability to work and produce results under pressure in critical situations;
- Tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Producing results.
- Building and promoting partnership accross the organization and beyond.
Use of Language Skills:
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 75.602,000 USD (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable).
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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