Technical Officer

World Health Organization

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Vacancy Extended: Technical Officer (Preparedness) – (2305598)

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year with the possibility of extension subject to available funding, continued need for position and satisfactory performance
Job Posting: Jul 17, 2023, 2:19:21 AM
Closing Date: Aug 14, 2023, 3:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Uzbekistan-Tashkent
Organization: EU_UZB WHO Country Office, Uzbekistan
Schedule: Full-time

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of the Division of Health Emergencies (WHE) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks, and lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The WHE Division brings together and enhances WHO’s operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. The Programme is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE), the incumbent provides technical support to health authorities and partners and coordinates WHE activities in the country, supporting the development and implementation of national plans and critical core capacities for all-hazard health emergencies; as well as supporting activities related to the monitoring, evaluation and objective assessment of country core capacities, ensuring the implementation of the International Health Regulations. Under the leadership of WR and the overall guidance of Programme Area Manager IHM, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

  • Support and ensure the implementation of WHO activities in the area of Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR including providing support to the Ministry of Health and other sectors in activities which include:- developing/updating national emergency preparedness and response plans;- providing technical of assistance in risk assessments, and critical core capacities for all-hazard health emergencies;- facilitating and supporting the monitoring, evaluation and objective assessment of country core capacities, ensuring the implementation of the International Health Regulations.
  • Under close technical guidance and supervision of the respective WHE unit, provide technical support at country level on priority issues such as: emergency preparedness, surveillance and response; strengthening health systems, operational readiness and essential public health functions.
  • Act as first-line emergency responder in case of a country emergency in line with the ERF II and support the Incident Management team in the country in case of a graded emergency. Support UN emergency teams, where relevant and in close collaboration with the Regional Office, support the provision of data and information required for any WHE-related documents to be presented to WHO Governing bodies, for the work and deliberation of an IHR Emergency Committee or an IHR Review Committee or a technical consultation.
  • Contribute to promoting partnerships in the country with relevant health stakeholders, to ensure the successful implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacities in line with IHR (2005) requirements, as well as the identification of financing for WHE country plans.
  • Link with institutions, associations and non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies, for exchange of information, coordination of activities and implementation of sector wide approaches. Liaise closely with key stakeholders and partners and seek to expand partnerships.
  • Provide technical assistance in preparations of missions to the country and support in-country consultants by providing technical expertise and policy advice.
  • Assist the Head of WHO Country Office in all managerial, administrative and liaison activities with the Regional Office and support the effective implementation of all WHO activities in the country as elaborated in the BCA, CCS or other WHO action plans.
  • Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping. Support other WHE programme areas, as needed.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education
Essential: University degree in medicine, a health-related field or public health-related discipline.
Desirable: Master or postgraduate training in Public Health or other relevant areas. Specialized training in emergency/disaster preparedness and response.

Experience
Essential: Minimum Five years of national professional experience in planning, developing and implementing programmes/projects in the area of health security, including emergency preparedness
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Relevant experience in the implementation of International Health Regulations (2005).

Skills
Knowledge of International Health Regulations (2005), the epidemiology of infectious diseases and other global health security threats, and of issues and practices for disease prevention and control. Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure. Knowledge of the UN and humanitarian systems for emergency response and preparedness.

WHO Competencies
Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results

Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local language.

REMUNERATION
Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 44,617 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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