Technical Officer

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : Within WHO Programme Budget Category 5 "Preparedness, Surveillance and Response" and under the Programme area "Alert and Response Capacities" the objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response are to support national International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity assessment, development and maintenance as well as to ensure further development and maintenance of an effective international system that is able to continuously assess the global context of public health risks (global risk assessment) and is prepared to respond rapidly to unexpected, internationally-spreading events and to contain specific public health threats.The objectives of the Preparedness, Surveillance and Response unit (PSR) are to maintain and develop a global system of all hazards early detection, risk assessment and monitoring, to maintain and further develop Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), to provide operational support (Logistics and Operation Centre) for response and to contribute to the development of a strategic framework for preparedness for all risks, including in the context of mass gatherings, and to ensure that WHO legal requirements under the IHR (2005) are fulfilled (IHR Emergency Committee, IHR Review Committee and IHR roster of experts). Description of duties: The Technical Officer will work under the guidance of the Team Leader, GOARN:1- Provide technical and programmatic assistance to planning and implementing standard operating procedures for GOARN operations and activities with partners and technical networks:a) collect, manage and analyze data related to GOARN capacities, coordination and for international deployment of teams and experts in the field. b) liaise with GOARN partners on planning and coordination of international deployments, including management of contracts, monitoring performance and reporting. c) support activities and produce progress reports on key recommendations and action points for Steering Committee and Working Groups, and to engage GOARN partners and stakeholders.2- Work with members of the team and technical focal points in WHO and GOARN to monitor developments in relevant scientific and operational knowledge, including disease-specific and operational research, and evaluation of response activities:a) identify information on public health and outbreak response priorities, activities and opportunities for cooperation to relevant policy, planning and response teams. b) ensure relevant information/data is available to support planning, strengthen the impact of GOARN international outbreak response assistance, and reporting.3- Provide technical, programmatic and operational assistance in organizing international GOARN support to countries for field investigations and outbreak response.4- Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping for others within and outside the team. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: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.EssentialFirst university degree in biomedicine, public health, or related field.For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220. Skills: Knowledge of multidisciplinary public health concerns related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, and acute public health events of international concern. Knowledge of standard databases and data management, with proven track-record in data management, and analytical ability. Ability to work well with international partners and multi-disciplinary teams, handle multi-tasking and work under stress and to tight deadlines. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and proven ability to synthesise and summarize findings, and produce clear and concise reports and planning documents. Familiarity with WHO IT software and tools, data management and analysis software.WHO Competencies1. Communicating in a credible and effective way2. Producing results3. Moving forward in a changing environment4. Knowing and managing yourself5. Setting an example6. Technical expertise7. Overall attitude at work Experience: EssentialAt least 1 year of practical experience in international public health emergencies, including experience in multidisciplinary scientific/technical activities for emerging infectious diseases, operational support to response, data management and communications, and coordination with partners and stakeholders.DesirablePractical field experience of outbreak response or emergency response at country level. Languages: Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset. Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only. 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. 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. Post Adjustment: 89.2 % 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. A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening 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: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-1, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2015-11-09

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