Epidemiologist (ARO)

Copenhagen | Copenhagen

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The main objective of the Alert and Response Operations (ARO) Programme is to improve health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining and strengthening regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in response to public health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks. To achieve this, the ARO Programme will lead, coordinate and assist in technical and operational activities related to the systemic detection, verification and assessment of events that may constitute a public health risk of international concern. This will be done by utilizing and disseminating global tools and mechanisms, such as the WHO Event Management System (EMS).The purpose of this position is to: (1) provide technical expertise and inputs required for timely and appropriate management of all public health emergencies in the WHO European Region, and especially those that might constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under International Health Regulations IHR(2005); (2) especially, provide expertise in epidemiological surveillance, including early warning and alert and response functions for ARO, DCE and Member States. Description of duties: Under the overall supervision of the Director, Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security, & Environment (DCE), and the direct supervision of Programme Manager, Alert and Response Operations (DCE/ARO), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:Epidemiological surveillance, including early warning alert and response (EWAR) systems: - Provide technical assistance on early detection of events through national surveillance systems such as changes in trends in weekly aggregate data, and benchmarking for signals/alert thresholds for epidemic-prone conditions;- Provide technical support to Member States for establishing or strengthening early warning surveillance systems for detection and response to epidemic prone diseases and for conducting real-time analysis of EWARN surveillance data for health intelligence, epidemic forecasting and detection;- Contribute to outbreak investigations in affected Member States, especially in the area of epidemiology.- Facilitate training and capacity building in outbreak preparedness and investigation, including assisting Member States in development and updating of outbreak response plans and guidelines;- Conduct scenario planning for outbreaks of epidemic- and pandemic-prone diseases and contribute to simulation exercises, using these disease-based outbreak scenarios; - Participate in design and implementation of research activities supportive to communicable disease control and outbreak response.When in charge of the ARO 24/7 Duty Officer:- Conduct event based surveillance (EBS) activities by gathering and assessing information on public health events and emergencies caused by any hazard;- Verify signals and contribute to joint risk assessments with IHR States Parties and relevant WHO Technical Units, and help organize international support to the public health response in the affected Member State(s) when requested and required;- Coordinate activities involving other WHO units and partners, including IHR NFPs, technical units in EURO, other WHO Regional Offices, WHO HQ and with the European Commission and relevant EU institutions and agencies, concerning management of acute public health emergencies caused by any hazard;- Prepare and post public health information on the WHO Event Management System (EMS) to facilitate health decision making and distribute relevant public health event information to all 196 IHR States Parties by creating and clearing postings for the global IHR Event Information Site (EIS);- Provide situational awareness of epidemic threats through the preparation and delivery of briefing materials and situational analyses to a broad range of staff within and outside ARO, DCE and WHO, as well as through conducting and participating in the daily ARO coordination briefings ("Morning Meeting") and convening multidisciplinary structured risk assessments, as appropriate.Other Duties: - Contribute to maintenance and continuous development of public health event management tools and processes used in WHO regionally and globally, and provide training in the use of these tools for WHO staff in the Regional and Country Offices;- Provide support to Member States in maintenance and strengthening of the IHR core capacities;- Act as a surge capacity in response to emergencies, crisis and disease outbreaks at national, regional and global levels, as needed;- Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping for others within and outside the team. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: University degree in epidemiology.Desirable: A postgraduate degree in epidemiology and/or public health.WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: - Theoretical and practical expertise in epidemiology and communicable disease surveillance, including early warning and alert systems;- Ability to analyze current surveillance systems and possess the capability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for their improvement;- Ability to contribute to capacity building activities for Member States both individually and as a member of a team, including outside partners. Other skills: Excellent knowledge of a wide variety of computer applications relevant to epidemiological analyses such as STATA, Epi Info and data management software. Proven record of scientific epidemiological publications.Competencies required: See WHO Global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/competencies/en/1) Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond (managerial)2) Fostering integration and teamwork (core) 3) Communicating in a credible and effective way (core)4) Producing results (core) Experience: Essential: At least five years of combined national and international experience, with at least two years of international experience, in working in public health epidemiology, with experience in participating in outbreak and emergency response field missions.Desirable: Experience in WHO with an understanding of its mandate, goals and procedures an advantage, or experience in the UN System. Languages: Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language (Russian, French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish or German).Desirable: Knowledge of Russian. 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.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:http://www.who.int - to learn more about WHO's operations http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Post Adjustment: 51.3 % 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: www.who.int/employment. 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: Copenhagen | Copenhagen
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-10-27

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