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NPO – Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR – (1806014)

Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: One year
Job Posting: Nov 29, 2018, 11:13:15 AM
Closing Date: Dec 19, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Serbia-Pristina
Organization: EU_KOS WHO Office, Pristina
Schedule: Full-time

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The WHO Country Office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.The mission of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. Within WHE, Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR (CPI) unit is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of countries’ preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities and the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005). CPI has an all-hazards approach and involves all three levels of the Organization. CPI prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.
Under the leadership of Head of WHO Country Office and the overall guidance of Programme Area Manager CPI, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

1. Support 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;

• provision of assistance in risk assessments, and critical core capacities for all-hazard health emergencies;

• supporting the monitoring, evaluation and objective assessment of country core capacities, ensuring the implementation of the International Health Regulations.

2. Under close technical guidance and supervision of the respective WHE unit, to provide technical assistance at country level on priority issues such as: emergency preparedness, surveillance and response; strengthening health systems, operational readiness and essential public health functions.

3. 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.

4. Assist and 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.

5. Link with institutions, associations and non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies, for exchange of information, coordination of activities and implementation of sector wide approaches.

6. Assist in preparations of missions to the country and support consultants in country.

7. 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 Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) or other WHO action plans.

8. Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping. Support other WHE programme areas, as needed.

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.
Essential: Minimum three 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).
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
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Producing results
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Local language.

Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at EUR 29,759 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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