Emergency Preparedness & Response Officer

  • Full Time
  • Yemen

World Health Organization


Emergency Preparedness & Response Officer – (2304754)

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Up to 12 months initially, to be extended based on the availability of funds, need for the position and performance.
Job Posting: Jun 25, 2023, 5:04:21 AM
Closing Date: Jul 14, 2023, 3:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Yemen-Aden
Organization: EM_YEM WHO Representative’s Office, Yemen
Schedule: Full-time

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The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


  •  Be responsible for the implementation of appropriate preparedness, emergency outbreak interventions and activities in the designated area.
  •  Assess public health risks and vulnerabilities in identified priority districts.
  •  Collaborate in the formulation of strategies and work plans for health sector and WHO’s emergency response operations.
  •  Design data collection methodologies and research related to programme interventions.
  •  Explore and maintain partnerships with NGOs in identified response areas to strengthen response and health care delivery and develop a related annual response plan.
  •  Ensure compliance between project monitoring arrangements with project agreement.
  •  Establish and streamline regular reporting and monitoring mechanism with implementing partners as well as Health Cluster structures at subnational, national and regional levels.
  •  Manage awareness campaigns, communication, and training initiatives as well as other health promotion activities.
  • Mentor health partners on data collection, analysis, case definition, verification, outbreak investigation, notification, reporting and documentation.
  •  Identify the training needs for respective target audiences and recommend comprehensive plans for capacity building. Strengthen the capacities of surveillance teams for the effective and sustained surveillance through training courses on field investigation, detection, data management, and rapid response to epidemics and health outbreaks.
  •  Develop donor reporting tools and facilitate funding management by using surveillance information for better communication and advocacy for programme implementation and fundraising.
  •  Develop new financial follow-up tools related to implementation of WHO supported activities. Identify needs, resources and gaps, and coordinate with a broad range of UN Agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions for mobilization of resources.

Essential: University degree in Medicine or Public Health.
Desirable: Master’s degree in Public Health.

Essential: At least 5 years of experience in public health and health sector coordination. Experience in capacity building.
Desirable: Working experience in UN Organizations or NGOs is considered an asset. Project management/Results-based Management (RBM) is an asset.

Proven skills in capacity building.

Demonstrated knowledge of health sector activities in the context of emergency response relief.

Broad knowledge of emergency programmes, policies and interventions.

Ability to work under pressure. Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals. Excellent presentation skills.

WHO Competencies
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of arabic.

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 52,100 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


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