Unit Head (Strategy and Guidelines)
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
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. The Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems division (WSE) is responsible to build a system of collaborative intelligence enabling better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics. The Surveillance Systems Department is responsible for the harmonization of standards and norms for public health surveillance and to strengthen national and global capacities in applied epidemiology.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Provides technical leadership, coordination, and managerial support within the Department/Programme, in the Unit of Surveillance and Field Epidemiology Strengthening ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the surveillance and field epidemiology capacities for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clientele.
Oversees a unit of technical teams specialized in various domains within their area of expertise and facilitates the efficient flow of team synergies.
Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a small team of technical staff, financial resources, and effective work planning to optimize the programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.
Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work.
Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables.
Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies, and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions in the surveillance and field epidemiology to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.
Represents the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for surveillance and field epidemiology. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Coordinates the strengthening of WHO and Member State surveillance capacities as required under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), including through development of tools and standards, and training.
Supports countries to assess and strengthen surveillance systems under a One-health approach and integration concept.
Essential: An advanced university degree in public health, epidemiology, or related fields related to the functions of the position.
Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields. or medical degree with specialization in public health, epidemiology, community or preventive medicine, or equivalent.
Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of surveillance, field epidemiology support including in low-resources settings; experience in of health policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience in managing human and financial resources. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes. Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources. Good skills in mobilizing resources. Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including Ministries of Health, Donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area. Strong technical skills in the area of surveillance, field epidemiology, public health emergencies.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential:Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO Language.
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 90,664 (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 5553 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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