20 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/14/FT5
Title: National Professional Officer (EHA Coordinator) Position 326197
Grade: NO-D
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for 1 year
Date: 8 January 2014
Application Deadline: 30 January 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Kabul, Afghanistan
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_AFG WHO Representative's Office, Afghanistan (EM_AFG)
EHA (Emergency and Humanitarian Action)
Reduce the health consequences of emergencies, disasters and crises.

Reduce morbidity and mortality due to communicable disease outbreaks in emergencies.

Establish coordination mechanism for emergency response with MoPH and health program implementers during emergencies.

Purpose of the post:

To enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) for effective response to the health impacts of emergencies and crisis in Afghanistan.
To effectively represent WHO in all EHA related affairs at the national (with the government) level including UN system in Afghanistan.

To establish coordination mechanism for the emergency response.

Organizational Context:

Considering the current security conditions and tense humanitarian environment the incumbent should
Be able to adapt guidelines regarding content and style for Afghanistan situation.

Represent WHO Country office in meetings and reports on technical issues related to EHA.

Be able to make independent decision about strategic and technical matters related to coordination and collaboration with MOPH and other stakeholders for effective emergency humanitarian response.

Description of duties:
1. Advocate for the national Emergency Preparedness and response (EPR) program with high level MOPH officials Govt of AFG. And international stakeholders.
2. Provide technical support to the national disaster management authority and build the national capacity for EPR to establish efficient effective and coordinated response to emergencies, including National Emergency Response Plan and National Pandemic influenza Plan.
3. Provide technical support to MOPH on emergency preparedness and response and train and assist MOPH and relevant collaborative NGO staff in risk mapping emergency preparedness rapid assessment of emergencies coordination of emergency response. Revitalization of health services after emergency, and recovery.
4. To develop and regularly update the health sector pandemic influenza plan and conduct simulation exercises together with MOPH counterparts.
5. Coordinate the WHO Emergency Humanitarian Assistance (EHA) program for Afghanistan through country risk assessment procuring and distributing emergency supplies and coordinating with MOPH preparedness for emergencies and efficient and effective response.
6. Coordinate the fund raising efforts for EHA through preparation of proposals, meetings with donors and advocacy events in coordination with the health sector.
7. Facilitate the work of EHA technical consultants.
8. Represent WHO whenever necessary in technical/advocacy meetings as well as coordination meetings.
9. Implement and monitor efficiently WHO. programmers together with the health partners.
Essential: University degree in medicine as well as postgraduate Master's degree in disaster management and/ or epidemiology surveillance.


1) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
2) Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
3) Communicating in a credible and effective way.
4) Fostering integration and teamwork.
5) Ensuring effective use of resources.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

Theoretical and practical knowledge of public health, communicable disease control, and emergency preparedness and response, planning and policy development, risk assessment, rapid needs assessment, analysing data, and concise reporting.
Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of emergency response projects and activities, including budget programming and control.
Essential: At least 7 years of working experience in Emergency Humanitarian Sector (Emergency Preparedness Response and Recovery in the health sector).

Desirable: Familiar with the country Emergency Profile
Familiar with the MoPH plans related to Emergency Response.
Excellent knowledge of English and the local languages, Dari and Pashto.
Additional Information:
Only nationals of the country will be considered for this position.

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).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$56,779 at single rate

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

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 Notice Cancelled

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.