EMERGENCY HEALTH OFFICER (POST NO. 360522) (EMRO/14/TA107)

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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/TA107
 
Title: Emergency Health Officer (Post No. 360522)
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Temporary appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Temporary position for 6 months
 
Date: 26 August 2014
 
Application Deadline: 10 September 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Sana'a, Yemen
 
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_YEM WHO Representative's Office, Yemen (EM_YEM)
Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA) Director of Programme Management (DPM)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity (Overview of the programme):

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 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 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.

Purpose of the Post:

To lead the planning, formulation and implementation of activities and work plans for WHO's overall emergency response operations, implementing the response operations, coordinating the operational and technical/programmatic components, establishing clear lines of communications, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and taking corrective actions as necessary and drawing lessons to be learnt, and ensuring a concerted approach of WHO in all areas and at all levels in the emergency response operations, as well as promoting and fostering effective collaboration with and providing authoritative technical advice to other agencies, and consolidating strategies to gear up WHO response capacity, including identifying needs and funding gaps.

Organizational Context:
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The incumbent coordinates WHO overall emergency response activities. He/she is responsible for all aspects (operational, technical and programmatic) of the response operations, including conceptualizing and elaborating WHO's emergency response strategy and work plans, and providing authoritative technical advice to national and international partners on strategies to address the health of emergency response operations. This requires extensive contacts with a broad range of staff and partners, in particular leading and motivating staff and experts, building dynamic and efficient teams to bolster WHO's emergency response operations. It also involves extensive and ongoing contacts with officials and representatives from UN agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions to provide authoritative advice and technical expertise to advocate and successfully influence national strategies for the implementation of emergency response operations. Work environment represents medium size operations in a hardship duty station with moderate funding and number of staff and contracts. The incumbent will manage a small team of emergency staff.
Description of duties:
Summary of Assigned Duties:

- Lead the planning, formulation and implementation of activities and work plans for WHO's overall emergency and crisis preparedness, response and recovery operations.
- Provide technical support in planning, formulation and implementation of strategies and work plans for WHO's overall emergency response operations .
- Direct and guide the implementation of the response operations, ensuring close coordination and smooth functioning between the operational and technical/programmatic components, including establishing clear lines of communications, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and taking corrective actions as necessary and drawing lessons to be learnt.
- Establish and implement coordination mechanisms to ensure the concerted approach of WHO in all areas and at all levels in the emergency response operations, as well as facilitate and promote the mobilization and coordination of resources with a broad range of UN Agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions, identifying needs, resources and gaps, and facilitating deployment arrangements, including leading and motivating staff and experts, and building dynamic and efficient teams to bolster WHO's emergency response operations.
- Promote and foster effective collaboration with and provide authoritative technical advice to other agencies through the Health Cluster approach, with emphasis on the coordination and consolidation of Health Cluster activities.
- Conceptualize and elaborate on Consolidate strategies to gear up WHO response capacity, including identifying needs and funding gaps.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
University degree in Medicine, or health related, and Master's degree in public health or health related area.

Desirable:
Degree or studies in management or public administration.
Skills:
Competencies:
WHO global competencies model at:
http://who.int/employment/competencies/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf

1) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
2) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
3) Creating an empowering and motivating environment
4) Ensuring the effective use of resources
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

1) Demonstrated knowledge of rapid 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.
2) 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.
3) Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure.
4) Proven ability to communicate effectively.
5) Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Excellent presentation skills.
Experience:
Essential:
At least 7 years' experience in emergency and humanitarian response, at international level, with emphasis on emergency management and related strategy development at leadership position, 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 Health Action in Crises or experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.
Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of another WHO official language 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 rosters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,611 at single rate
USD 72,605 with primary dependants

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

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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.

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