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Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/13/FT02
Title: Technical Officer (Emergency and Humanitarian Action)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Limited Duration (Two years)
Date: 12 March 2013
Application Deadline: 12 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kathmandu, Nepal
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_NEP WR Office, Nepal (SE_NEP)
Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA)
- To improve and strengthen the leadership and the performance of WHO in enabling all stakeholders to better address the health dimensions of crises for the benefit of affected communities; and

- To ensure effective WHO capacity in order to provide sufficient support for effective health action before, during and after crises.
Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative to Nepal, with technical and policy guidance from the Regional Coordinator for EHA, SEARO, the incumbent will carry out the following duties:

A. Technical assistance in the field of emergency/disaster risk reduction, preparedness

1. Using information from risk and vulnerability assessments across all hazards, and aligning with health and disaster management systems of the country: plan emergency risk management programmes in the health sector, in particular, as it relates to development of national policy and strategies. Build national capacity in emergency/disaster risk management in the health sector in all hazards, in all critical parts of the health system (e.g. policy, resources, health facilities and services).

2. Support the Government in establishing Emergency Risk Management unit(s) and programme activities at national and sub-national levels and facilitate linking these with relevant sectors.

3. Provide assistance in developing policy, strategies, and programme related to health aspects of emergencies, disaster preparedness and response.

4. Support health information collection and analysis; development of locally adapted tools and instruments for managing risks in emergencies/disasters.

5. Support the monitoring and evaluation of the programme at all levels and across sectors.

6. Using existing mechanisms including UNDAF, coordinate with partners, NGOs in the implementation of mitigation and preparedness interventions

7. Manage information through various formats (e.g. reports, updates, website) on a regular and prompt basis.

8. Provide support to the mobilization of resources for emergency risk management in health programmes and initiatives.

B. Technical assistance in response and recovery to emergencies and disasters

1. Ensure that humanitarian health assistance is in line with international standards and local priorities and does not compromise future health development.

2. Ensure that all required functions of WHO as health cluster lead are performed, monitored and reported.

3. Identify priority health and nutrition-related issues among the affected population and ensure that these are properly addressed in an integrated primary health care approach.

4. Provide assistance for prevention and control of disease outbreaks during and after emergency crises.

5. Monitor and evaluate interventions and analyze lessons learned for improving programme management and implementation.

6. Coordinate with partners on provision of periodic updates on progress of interventions during emergency situations, and provide support to mobilizing resources for health sector interventions.

C. Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor
Degree in Medicine from recognized university and Master's degree in Social Science or Public Health or related field

Formal qualifications/training in emergency/disaster management
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Working experience in difficult and insecure circumstances.
- Well developed problem-solving skills.
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills, ability to convene and work with all relevant national and international stakeholders


1. Building and promoting partnership across the organization and beyond.
2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
3. Fostering integration and teamwork.
4. Knowing and managing yourself.
5. Promoting innovation and organization learning.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Computer skills, knowledge and experience in Microsoft Word/Excel, Designing and Power Point Presentations
At least seven years of relevant experience including three years of international experience in emergency management, including in developing countries

Experience in donor relationships and resource mobilization, and some experience as team leader in the emergency health and humanitarian action programme.

Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483/- at single rate
USD 72,467/- with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.1 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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