Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.Manage operational planning and implementation of WHO's incident management system at the district level, coordinate the technical, normative, and operational inputs, in cooperation with district team members, ensuring fulfilment of WHO's critical functions.
Inform, and monitor strategic decision making, planning and implementation through the health sector/cluster response in support of national and local health authorities' identified priorities. Support the systematic and regular identification and monitoring of health risks and needs and the planning and implementation of the most effective prevention, control and response measures.
This includes the dissemination of risk communication messages, the strengthening of early warning and surveillance systems, the delivery of quality health services and the undertaking of operational and scientific research to improve interventions as needed in response to affected populations, at the district level. Co-develop and co-implement a relevant monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes. Guide the WHO's field support team on a continued self-assessment and reflection on planning, budgeting, operational service delivery.Make recommendations on WHO response staffing needs; liaise with WHO country office to ensure timely mobilization of the required human resources.
Provide the Security Officer, on daily basis, with an updated list of staff, consultants, partners and dependents present at the respective field locations. Provide the WHO country office with briefings, situation reports and event management information; to enable the overall continuous monitoring and planning process would feed into WHO's communication and advocacy products, situation reports, etc. Bring issues and concerns to the attention of the Incident Manager with a recommended course-of-action.
Contribute to building the national capacity through need identification, development, operationalization and implementation of a capacity-building and training plan.Conduct regular and frequent coordination meetings with all district health and other sectors' partners, convene internal meetings to monitor and evaluate programme implementation, district work plans, facilitation of resource mobilization, prioritization, accountability of all stakeholders and effective decision-making.
Engage with other relevant local authorities and civil society to facilitate and ensure the smooth implementation of the agreed strategy.Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor(such as resource mobilization and advocacy).