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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT98
Title: Regional Adviser, ESI (Post 173744)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 25 February 2014
Application Deadline: 26 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DCD Division of Communicable Disease Control (EM/DCD)
Epidemiological Surveillance and International Health Regulations (ESI)
The overall objectives of the Epidemiological Surveillance and IHR (ESI) unit are to coordinate activities that will:
a) strengthen the epidemiological and surveillance systems in Member States of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.
b) develop and strengthen core capacities (laboratory, surveillance, coordination, communication, legislation)
for epidemiological surveillance, alert and response systems under IHR 2005.

Purpose of the Post:

To provide technical advice and support to national authorities for:
a) developing, strengthening and maintaining adequate surveillance systems for communicable diseases.
b) implementing and monitoring International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.

Organizational Context:

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Department of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and, the overall guidance of the Director, Programme Management, the incumbent will lead and coordinate the team of epidemiologists, technical staff with expertise in surveillance and IHR. The incumbent will work in collaboration with relevant units in WHO/EMRO, WHO/HQ, and Global IHR secretariat and partner organizations. The incumbent will provide technical advice to Member States on communicable disease surveillance and implementation of IHR 2005 through maintaining a regular communication with epidemiological surveillance and national level focal points of IHR 2005.

Description of duties:
1) Lead, manage and motivate a team of technical experts at the RO level. Provide technical supervision and guidance to technical professionals at the CO level through networking and regular interaction.

2) Plan, coordinate, monitor and evaluate regional programme on strengthening epidemiological surveillance and International Health Regulations.

3) Provide technical advice and support to Member States on developing regional policies and strategies on strengthening and sustaining communicable disease surveillance systems.

4) Provide technical inputs for the recruitment of consultants and experts to enlist necessary professional support for the achievement of programme objectives through: a) networking; b) provision of administrative assistance in recruitment process; c) follow-up with national counterparts to ensure the adoption of technical recommendations made by engaged consultants.

5) Strengthen the current regional epidemiological, surveillance system for communicable diseases using modern information technologies and opportunities.

6) Assess and determine needs of Member State for strengthening and meeting the core capacities required for IHR 2005 implementation.

7) Provide technical assistance to relevant authorities in Member States on the development, implementation and monitoring of IHR 2005 action plan.

8) Organize, implement and report on inter-country meetings, workshops conducted for implementation and monitoring of IHR 2005.

9) Work with DCD teams and national authorities to monitor public health risks from communicable diseases of potential concern within Member States; advise on appropriate public health action to stop and/or minimize spread of the disease.

10) Provide technical assistance to Member States on promoting, strengthening activities related to regional response on public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC).
- University degree in Medicine and Masters degree in epidemiology and/or diseases surveillance.

- Training in public health.
1) Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
2) Building and promoting partnerships across the
organization and beyond.
3) Ensuring the effective use of resources.
4) Producing results.
5) Moving forward in a changing environment.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

 Excellent knowledge of public health principles, communicable disease surveillance, prevention and control.
 Excellent managerial skills and proven skills in capacity building and coordination.
 Good presentation skills.

Other Skills:

Proficiency of MS Office and demonstrable skills in the use of epidemiological and statistical software.

- At least 10 years of experience combined at national and international levels in the field of communicable disease epidemiology, surveillance, response and international health regulations.
Languages: 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 eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for roasters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.

This VN is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,887 at single rate
US$87,069 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.

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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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