19 October 2017
PDF/Print version
Returning applicants, please log in
Not registered? Register here
List of closed vacancies
Return to current vacancies list

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT135
Title: Technical Officer, ESI (PD 346195)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for two years
Date: 9 April 2013
Application Deadline: 7 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EM Eastern Mediterranean (EM) /
EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO)
Division of Communicable Diseases Prevention & Control (DCD) / Health Security & Regulations (HSR) / Epidemiological Surveillance & International Health Regulations (ESI)
The objectives of the ESI unit are to:
(a) Coordinate activities in strengthening epidemiological surveillance in Member States.
(b) Support strengthening core capacities (laboratory, surveillance, coordination, communication and legislation) for epidemiological surveillance, and alert and response systems under the auspices of International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.
(c) Strengthen national capacity for surveillance and response at Points of Entry and developing capacities of Member States in the area of public health including surveillance based on all-hazard approach using IHR 2005.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the post:
To strengthen the capacity of ESI in carrying out its functions in providing technical assistance to the unit and Member States as well as participating in capacity building activities, setting policies and strategies and development of operational protocols, liaising with members of the unit and partners at regional and national levels to strengthen collaboration, and facilitating implementation of IHR.

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Adviser (RA) of ESI and the overall guidance of the Director of DCD, the incumbent is expected to work in harmony with other team members of the ESI unit to ensure providing adequate technical support to Member States for ensuring strengthening of epidemiological surveillance system, strengthening national capacity for implementation of IHR (2005), and detection and containment of emergencies of public health concern.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
Under the direct supervision of the RA of ESI, and the overall guidance of the director of DCD, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Collect and review all national plans, and develop country profiles and regional reports.
2. Contribute to the development of global standards, guidelines and assessment tools to determine completeness and quality of national plans of action.
3. Facilitate and conduct national training workshops, when required.
4. Assist in developing a regional plan to support Member States in implementing IHR.
5. Contribute in organizing and conducting regional, sub-regional meetings and country missions to assess and evaluate the implementation of national capacities of IHR and develop technical reports on the progress of IHR implementation in the region.
6. Coordinate with WHO Headquarters, regional and country offices, technical units, and external partners, as appropriate, to facilitate the provision of technical and logistical assistance to Member States.
7. Ensure that tasks' time-frames are adhered to or revised as necessary in coordination with concerned parties.
8. Collaborate with other technical ESI team teams in developing and evaluating national surveillance systems.
Essential: University degree in and health related field.

Desirable: Master's degree in public health or epidemiology.
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way;
2. Producing results;
3. Fostering integration and teamwork;
4. Moving forward in a changing environment;
5. Knowing and managing yourself.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Excellent knowledge of the principles of epidemiology and IHR. Familiarity with health problems in the region.
- Excellent knowledge of public health, communicable diseases surveillance and response issues, and challenges in the region.
- Capacity to work and produce results in complex environment, short deadlines and under pressure and ability to cope with change.
- Ability to participate effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment.
- Proven ability to plan, prioritize and deliver results on time.
- Strong interpersonal, writing and research skills.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office.
Essential: At least five years of experience in epidemiological surveillance and response to communicable diseases.

Desirable: Working experience in UN organizations.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is an asset.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
56091.00 USD at single rate
60091.00 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.4 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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

Vacancy Filled

This vacancy is shown for viewing only. It is not currently open for applications
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.