Technical Officer - Western Pacific Surveillance and Response (WPSAR)

Manila | Manila

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response unit (ESR) has the task of assisting the Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region to meet their obligations under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. The IHR require countries to develop the capacity to detect and report to WHO public events of international concern. In the recent years, the threat of an influenza pandemic has highlighted the need for strong public health infrastructure and the need for careful planning on how to respond to public health emergencies. ESR, in conjunction with, the WHO South East Asia Region, has developed the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED) as a framework to guide Member States to strengthen these capacities. The Strategy covers the areas of surveillance and response, laboratory, zoonoses, infection control, and risk communications. In addition to supporting Member States' response to the threat of emerging and re-emerging diseases, ESR also provides technical assistance in the response to outbreaks of known diseases. Description of duties: In collaboration with the Team Leader, ESR, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific:1. to coordinate and manage an electronic publication on surveillance of and response to public health emergencies including emerging infectious diseases and other epidemic-prone diseases;2. to strengthen support on capacity building in scientific writing through trainings and coordination;3. to provide technical editing for the electronic publication;4. to provide technical assistance to countries on the development and evaluation of national surveillance and response systems;5. to support the development of technical documents on surveillance and response, if needed;6. to serve as content manager for the WPSAR website;7. to participate in outbreak responses, as required; and8. to undertake other duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:University degree in a health-related field is essential. Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP) and/or relevant postgraduate course an advantage.WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. Skills: -Has a broad knowledge of the principles of the International Health Regulations and public health emergency management.-Has significant knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of measures to improve emerging disease surveillance and response.-Has very good interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with the Team, and positively relate to, people at all levels and from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and orientations.-Understands the principles of results-based management and can develop plans, organize resources and take actions to ensure objectives are achieved within realistic timelines.-Can quickly acquire a thorough working knowledge of essential WHO procedures, policies and rules and regulations that support WHO's presence in countries.-Able to work independently to take initiative.-Able to establish and maintain harmonious relations with national and international colleagues.COMPETENCIES:1.Producing results2.Communicating in a credible and effective way3.Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond4.Fostering integration and teamwork5.Setting an example Experience: Minimum of five years' working experience in epidemiology and health related research is essential. Experience working in WHO in surveillance and response activities preferred. Languages: Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Additional Information: 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 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 (subject to conditions), education grant (subject to conditions) for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. 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.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 (including an English translation for documents in other languages). 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.This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Post Adjustment: 44.3 % 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. 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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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Manila | Manila
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-06-14

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