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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/TASR50
Title: Emergency Operations Manager (TUR)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  to 30 June 2014 (see (1) Additional Information below)
Date: 25 October 2013
Application Deadline: 7 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Ankara, Turkey
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
Country Emergency Preparedness
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by: (1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by a crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; (2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response. All the above are building on the performance standards and core commitments of the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) and the four critical functions in emergency response: leadership; information, technical expertise and core services.

Purpose of the position;
To support the formulation and implementation of strategies and work plans for WHO's emergency response operations to the Syria crisis in Turkey at country level. Coordinate and report on the operational and technical components with UN partners and government entities, primarily with the Ministry of Health, establishing clear lines of communication. Implement, monitor, evaluate, drawing lessons to be learnt, and ensuring a concerted approach of WHO in all areas of the emergency response operations, as well as promoting and fostering effective collaboration with and providing technical advice to other agencies and consolidating strategies to gear up WHO response capacity, including identifying needs and funding gaps and resource mobilization to fill gaps.
Description of duties:
  • To coordinate the planning, formulation and implementation of strategies and work plans for WHO's emergency response operations at the country level in Ankara.
  • To support the implementation of the response operations in Gaziantep, ensuring close coordination and smooth functioning between the operational and technical/programmatic components, including establishing clear lines of communications with the Regional Office in Copenhagen, with EMRO, HQ and with the Emergency Support Team (EmST) in Amman and supporting implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting and drawing lessons to be learnt;
  • To expand and sustain national coordination mechanisms to ensure the concerted approach of WHO in all areas of the emergency response operations, as well as facilitate and promote the mobilization of resources with a broad range of UN Agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions and donor representatives, identifying needs, resources and gaps, and facilitating deployment arrangements, logistic and operational support to bolster WHO's emergency response operations;
  • To promote and foster effective collaboration with and provide technical advice to other agencies, with emphasis on the coordination and consolidation of health sector activities at the national level in support of the field operations in Gaziantep;
  • To consolidate strategies to gear up WHO response capacity, including identifying needs and funding gaps.
Essential: Advanced university degree in disaster management, public health, health policy or relevant international political/social sciences.
Desirable: Degree or studies in management or public administration.
Functional skills and knowledge:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
  • Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively. Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.
  • Computer literacy. Excellent presentation skills.
Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/
  1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership (leadership)
  2. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond (managerial)
  3. Creating an empowering and motivating environment (managerial)
  4. Ensuring the effective use of resources (managerial)
  5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences (core)
Essential: At least eight years' experience in emergency and humanitarian response, combined at national and international level, with emphasis on emergency management and related strategy development, capacity building and their implementation. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships and/or experience in developing countries.
Desirable:Experience or sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in emergency risk and crisis management or experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to:
- satisfactory performance,
- continued need for the function, and
- availability of funds.

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Monthly salary: (Net of tax)
USD 5,623 at single rate
USD 6,038 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 44.6 % 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.

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