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Acute Events Management Team Lead


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brazzaville
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Conference Services
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-23


The mission of WHO's Emergency Preparedness and Response 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 health emergencies / outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The objective of the Emergency Response Unit is to ensure the establishment of a strong emergency management system at all three levels of the Organization (based on incident management), implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and fostering of effective operations partnerships for response to emergencies. The unit prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low-capacity countries.


The purpose of the position is to provide senior technical expertise and cross-cutting programme coordination and management in Acute Events Management within the Emergency Response Unit (EMR). The Team Lead positions the work of Acute Events Management within the Emergency Response unit and will lead, coordinate and adapt new policies and strategies to address Regional and country needs. The Team Lead provides senior technical leadership in the specialized area of expertise and ensures the coordination of the programme area of work across the three levels of the Organization.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

1. Coordinates and provides senior technical leadership in establishing new approaches, evidence-based policies and strategies, and capacity building initiatives for implementation across Country Office programmes in the respective area of work.

2. Provides unit leadership in overseeing support to Member States to strengthen their capacities for timely and effective outbreaks and emergencies response in the context of the International Health Regulations, including early warning alert and response systems.

3. Provides senior level health technical expertise and advice to the Programme Manager and Senior Management in the area of Acute Event Management on the development and establishment of new health strategies and policies for implementation into and/or the monitoring and evaluation of national and global policies.

4. Ensures effective coordination, management, and accountability of the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing of a diverse team of technical experts, financial resources and effective work plan coordination to optimize the programme’s deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.

5. Manage WHO’s emergency response to acute public health events at regional level through the provision of technical support to countries affected by acute health emergencies

6. Ensures the coordination and management of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department’s area of work of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Department deliverables.

7. Leads and directly manages all staff in the AEM unit area of work, and relevant Hub staff (in collaboration with Hub coordinators), including the coordination, monitoring and approval of work plans and mission requests.

8. Provides leadership to staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their continuous training and development; promote an enabling and empowering culture for team leaders in the pursuit of high performance, ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization's Policies, Rules and Procedure.

9. Serves as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and the peer community on the management of acute events.

10. Builds technical partnerships with other UN Agencies, Donors, Regional partners, research institutions and other stakeholders in managing acute events to position the technical area of work and implementation into respective policies.

11. Represents the programme area of work in global/Regional fora and capacity building activities

12. Monitors WHO’s health response and operational readiness activities, and adjust if new needs arise and/or the situation changes requiring a revision of the operational plan.

Specific duties

  • Leverage capacities from across all RO clusters and units in support of the management of acute events and emergencies; supporting countries in the application of the WHO Incident Management System, Emergency Response Framework and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Take a key role in encouraging full collaboration with WHO-wide, UN Agencies, and other key operational partners (e.g. Africa CFC, GOARN, EMTs, Global Health Cluster, technical networks) in the implementation of WHO response to emergencies
  • Continuously oversee, monitor and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of WHO emergency operations for acute events and emergencies, based on agreed standards and indicators, working with Regional and Country Office to make relevant course corrections and update SOPs and guidance, as needed.



Essential: An advanced university degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, or an equivalent.

Desirable: Qualifications or studies in emergency management; specialization in emergency/ humanitarian response, Health cluster Coordination, infectious diseases, public health, or training in leadership or management.


Essential: A minimum of ten years' national and international experience in managing, planning, developing and implementing health security, emergency, surveillance, disease control and/or public health, with at least 3 years inclusive in a senior management position at the international level.

Desirable: Working experience in both developing and developed countries, including experience in public health or related fields; Work experiences that are diverse incorporating private sector, NGOs, other UN or governmental Health related agencies will be an advantage.


  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies;
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Strong understanding and skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area;
  • Good level of technical expertise and knowledge in management of acute events;
  • Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Building and Promoting Partnerships Across the Organization and Beyond
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English and Intermediate knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.

Knowledge of another WHO 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 90.664 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.


  • 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.
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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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