Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right.All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work. The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritising impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people, through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.
WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions:
The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.
The Division of Administration and Finance (DAF) is responsible for providing overall support to the WHO European region, to provide effective, efficient and flexible managerial and administrative services to all programmes, offices and activities; enable the implementation of high-quality, results-base management framework, ensure coherences, consistency and harmony in development, implementation, monitoring and reporting on strategic and operational plans; ensure that regulations are observed and are compliant with internal and external audit requirements; ensure that a culture of transparency and accountability underpins managerial processes; and provide reliable analysis and recommendations to the senior management for strategic and operational resource management. The division is composed of six units:
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Unit`s main objective is to enable the WHO European Regional Office to deliver quality outcomes by offering and managing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions and services throughout the European Region and in the UN City Copenhagen. Furthermore, the Information Technology and Communications unit provides oversight and support to all offices and programmes in the region on ICT matters and ensures that all staff in the European Region have timely and reliable access to information systems for the effective implementation of WHO's work with Member States.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
To contribute to the analysis, design, development and implementation of business solutions, using best practices and standard project management methodology, and to provide end-user support and training in the area of information systems and applications. Under the direct supervision of the Information Technology Officer the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Use of Language Skills