Technical Officer (EWARN) - Turkey

Gaziantep | Ankara

OBJECTIVES 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 is 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. Description of duties: To support the strengthening of the disease surveillance system for acute flaccid paralysis, polioviruses, measles and other vaccine preventable as well as selected non-communicable diseases, the incumbent will:- Develop and/or adapt Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for disease surveillance, case investigation, reporting and response;- Support the initiation of and guide outbreak investigation following Standard Operation Procedures;- Work with relevant institutions and partners to develop/adapt training materials and to implement trainings on identified surveillance, investigation, reporting and response;- Support the strengthening of laboratories for timely diagnosis of epidemic prone diseases; - Develop and apply monitoring and evaluation methods and materials;- Cooperate with partners to plan, train and evaluate activities at sub-national level; - Collaborate with technical staff to secure sources of information and recommend work plans for medium- and long-term;-Contribute content to the Epidemiological Bulletin and prepare and present updates on epidemiological status for different coordination meetings with all relevant partners and local actors/authorities;- Prepare regular reports and updates on project implementation, including monitoring and resource management;- Proactively participate in the development of project proposals to mobilize resources. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: Master's degree in public health and/or health related fields.Desirable: Advanced university degree in in emergency response or disaster management in the context of public health, or in communicable/infectious diseases. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: - Knowledge of WHO, the UN System or NGO work in the field of response relief and/or of practices and procedures as related to the work.Other skills: - Sound skills in utilizing Enterprise Resource Planning Oracle systems or similar packages.- Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.Competencies required: See WHO Global Competencies model at Communicating in a credible and effective way: Proven ability to communicate effectively, writing in a clear and concisemanner and presenting factual information.2) Producing results: Proven ability of self-management and producing in a timely manner quality outputs, while often workingunder pressure.3) Fostering integration and teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills.4) Ensuring the effective use of resources: Proven organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities andmultitask.5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus. Experience: Essential: At least four years' experience in public health programmes in the areas of surveillance, disease control, and immunization, including 2 years experience at the international level.Desirable: Experience or knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in Health Action in Crises or experience in UN organizations/agencies. Working experience in developing countries and/or emergency response. Languages: Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of another WHO official language (Russian, French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish or German).Desirable: Knowledge of Arabic. Additional Information: (*) Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.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 these will be reviewed individually.WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: - to learn more about WHO's operations Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Post Adjustment: 32.6 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. 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. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Gaziantep | Ankara
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-09-18

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