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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/TA120
Title: Public Health Officer (PD 342807)
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  Temporary position for 18 months
Date: 14 November 2013
Application Deadline: 28 November 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station: 
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SYR WHO Representative's Office, Syrian Arab Republic (EM_SYR)
Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA)/Division of Programme Management (DPM) - This position is stationed in Homs, Syria
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 response team are to support Member States by:
1- Promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by 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 Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency.
3- Ensuring that critical gaps in health response are rapidly identified and filled.
4- Revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:
- To support health partners in the implementation of surveillance strategies and policies to strengthen preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases; producing and analyzing information on health threats, activities and outcomes; and ensuring dissemination to partners and local authorities, including securing information from a broad range of health sectors.
- Identifying gaps in the delivery of health services or emergency interventions, and recommending appropriate actions and innovative approaches to improve the situation.

Organizational Context:
With Guidance from the WHO Representative (WR), Coordinator of EHA and close collaboration with the field team and local authorities, the incumbent provides expertise in the areas of surveillance and strengthening preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases; gathering and disseminating information on health threats, activities and outcome; supporting analysis and consolidation of data for monitoring and early warning. In addition to ongoing contacts with technical staff to secure sources of information and recommending work plans for medium- and long-term work plans, s/he has contacts with counterparts from local health authorities and relevant partners to coordinate activities and provide technical expertise for the implementation of surveillance and preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases within the context of emergency response for relief efforts.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

1. To support health partners in the elaboration and implementation of surveillance strategies and policies to strengthen preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases; supporting the analysis of information on health threats, activities and outcomes; and ensuring dissemination to partners and local authorities.
2. To secure information from a broad range of health sectors, supporting its analysis and recommend actions to support medium- and long-term plans.
3. To identify gaps in the delivery of health services and emergency interventions, recommending appropriate actions and innovative approaches to improve the situation.
4. To convey and lead weekly coordination meetings with all relevant partners and project staff producing and circulating minutes, related decisions and tracking the latter; developing detailed "lessons learnt" reports documenting achievements and obstacles to implementation; recommending coordination mechanisms and improvement to current and future operations in the area of work; and constantly assessing situations and needs, and redirecting efforts.
5. To proactively participate in the development of project proposals to mobilize resources.
Essential: University degree in medicine.

Desirable: Degree or sound understanding of emergency response or disaster management in the context of public health or in communicable/infectious diseases.
1. Producing results;
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment;
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond;
4. Fostering integration and team work;
5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Demonstrated knowledge of health sector activities in developing countries and/or in the context of emergency response relief, or preparedness for epidemic-prone diseases.
- Excellent skills in the assessment, surveillance and monitoring in the context of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and promote their implementation.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively.
- Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.

Other Skills:
- Computer literacy and applications for surveillance and monitoring;
- Excellent presentation skills.
Essential: At least 5 years of experience in public health and health sector coordination in a developing country with emphasis on emergency response relief and/or the management of epidemic-prone diseases, Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) and outbreak field investigation.

- Experience in capacity building, developing and promoting collaborative partnerships;
- Experience or sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in Health Action in Crisis, or;
- Experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic 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.

Note: In view of the current security situation, Syria has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56091.00 at single rate
USD 60091.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: % 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

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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 Notice Cancelled

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