OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO’s Health
Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States
to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed,
to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks
and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
The Health Emergency
Information and Risk Assessment Programme Area is responsible for identifying
new public health events, assessing risks to public health, conducting
epidemiological surveillance and field investigations, monitoring public health
interventions, and communicating public health information to technical partners.
Working with designated
epidemiologists assigned to the area of work, the incumbent conducts epidemic
intelligence activities, provides technical support in the areas of
epidemiology, detection, verification and risk assessment of health in emergencies.
The incumbent will be expected to deliver the following outputs: i) rapid risk
assessments (RRA) of acute public health events; ii) updated Event Management
System; iii) timeline of events maintained up-to-date and analysed; iv) support
the development of the re-modelled rSIS, and v) scientific articles and reports
on best practices and lessons learned on event detection and response.
The incumbent may be deployed
to emergencies when required.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Within the framework of the delegated
authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which
are performed according to needs:
Contribute to all aspects of early
detection of acute public health events, including but not limited to
event-based surveillance; indicator-based surveillance; verification and risk
assessment, monitoring, and information-sharing on events that may constitute a
public health emergency of international concern;
Develop and/or maintain a database
of historical events reported in the region to ease access, retrieval and
analysis of data and information required for evidence-driven risk assessment;
Support the development of rSIS by
contributing to the definition of technical requirements and testing of
surveillance, outbreak and other modules.
Develop and/or update the standard
operating procedures and tools for epidemic intelligence related activities;
perform analyses to assist in the formulation of briefing documents and
materials; situation analyses; and convening multi-disciplinary risk
assessments, as appropriate.
Participate in activities including
but not limited to supporting the further development and maintenance of the
WHO Event Management system (EMS) and Event Information System (EIS) and other
event-based surveillance systems; supporting the development and future
implementation of the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) platform;
monitoring and evaluation of performance and results of epidemic intelligence
Develop or contribute to the
development of critical information products including but not limited to RRA
outputs; reports on best practices and lessons learned on the implementation of
event based surveillance and indicator based surveillance in the region; and
Contribute to development of
training materials and capacity building in the areas of early detection and
response to acute public health events.
Partake in emergency
epidemiological field missions as required.
Perform other related
responsibilities as assigned, including backstopping for others as required.
Essential: Degree in epidemiology, public health, international health
Desirable: Degree or diploma in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, midwifery,
nursing, medical biology or a related discipline.
Advanced degree in
epidemiology, public health, international health, complemented by degree or
diploma in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, midwifery, nursing, medical
biology or a related discipline.
In-service training in field
epidemiology such as Field Epidemiology (and Laboratory).
Essential: At least 2 years’ experience with successful track record in
epidemiology, surveillance and/or control of acute public health events; epidemic
intelligence at the national and/or international levels plus demonstrated
field experience in the context of large epidemics or public health at the national
and international levels.
Desirable: Field experience in epidemiology, surveillance and/or control of acute
public health events experience in resource limited countries; experience of
working with event-based surveillance and risk assessment; experience in
responding to complex humanitarian crises
Knowledge of WHO processes of
verification, alert and response operations.
in surveillance, field epidemiology, emerging diseases and outbreak response in
an international context. Ability to interact in a multi-disciplinarily and
cross-cutting environment involving technical, cultural and political elements.
Sound analytical and organizational skills. Willingness to deploy at short
notice in support of international emergency health interventions. Excellent
presentation and communication skills, with emphasis on writing skills. Proven
ability to work and produce results under pressure in critical situations.
Tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
*1. Moving forward in a
*2. Fostering integration and
*3. Respecting and promoting
4. Producing results
5. Communicating in a clear
and credible way
Use of Language Skills
Essential: English or French expert level required.
Desirable: A working knowledge of one of the above as an additional language to the above.
WHO salaries for staff in the
Professional category are calculated in US dollars. Other benefits include 30
days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and
an education grant for dependent children.
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position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained
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Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional
certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual
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