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Officer (Readiness and Resilience)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Kyiv
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Environment
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: Closed


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


Provide technical support and work closely with the MoH to design and construction of new health facilities and settings (i.e., rehabilitation centers, PHCC, hospitals, blood bank centers, etc.) as well as the repurposing and rehabilitation of existing structures based on the latest guidance and technologies, in collaboration with other technical units and applying holistic design principles such as environmental sustainability, accessibility, inclusiveness, disaster risk reduction, climate and infectious diseases resilience, humanized care, health system integration and sustainable maintenance.Under the leadership of the Incident Management Team and Country Office, and, in collaboration with the Health Operations, Environmental, WASH and other key units, support regional and country actions related to all-hazards preparedness, readiness and response through needs assessment, technical support and project proposal development. Support the development and co-facilitate trainings on all-hazards emergency preparedness and response planning in health facility including implementing design principle, setup and management to strengthen in-country competencies and facilitate the implementation of inclusiveness and accessibility principles, biosafety, WASH, hazardous waste and IPC standards.Provide expert technical support to Country Office and MoH in the formulation of specific national plans of action on rehabilitation, disability inclusive health, assistive technology, from an operational implementation and systems perspective. In collaboration with the Health Operations team and under the supervision of Response and Recovery (Health Facilities) technical officer contribute to all relevant activities related to health facilities preparedness, readiness, response and recovery.Maintain regular correspondence with national counterparts and the partners with regards to the health system strengthening and developing.Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: University degree in engineering, architectural design, or other related discipline is required. Qualification or equivalent in health structure design and project management will be valued.
Desirable: Specialization or training in the delivery of emergency health response / disaster management ina public health environment.


Essential: At least 3 years of international professional experience in emergency project management in the field of public health and or experience in engineering in emergency hospital settings; experience in field health logistics and work related to infection control in hospital environments will be an asset. Demonstrated experience in an international context.
Desirable: Experience in WHO, the UN System and/or NGOs in the area of health operation, outbreak response and planning of emergency interventions in the context of public health and/or humanitarian action.


Excellent knowledge of technical health facilities design and functionality towards response and recovery guidance. Demonstrated ability to provide sound methodological, technical advice and guidance in health facilities recovery. Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills. Abilityto work in complex national or international settings in support of international emergency health interventions to often insecure and geographically hostile environments. Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings and excellent inter-personal skills. Good knowledge of health system and health services and safety regulations.Demonstrated ability to innovate, integrate, synthesize and communicate complex concepts and ideas verbally and in writing. Ability to monitor and communicate progress in terms of process and results.Excellent communication, facilitation and report-writing skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local Language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 37,537 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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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  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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