National Professional Officer (Surveillance & Health Cluster Coordination)

World Health Organization(WHO), Peshawar, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd July, 2016

Job Description

Summary of Assigned Duties:

  • Coordinate implementation of the Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response System at the Provincial and District level. 
  • Conduct joint monitoring of the implementation of IHR Core capacities at the Provincial and District levels in collaboration with the respective health authorities and under the guidance of colleagues in Federal Office. Organize and facilitate meetings with partners to plan, implement and monitor the progress on implementation of IHR and epidemic response plans.
  • Convey technical advice and guidance from Federal WHO Office to the Provincial Health Authorities on the development of Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness Plans in accordance with the WHO Pandemic and Epidemic Preparedness guidelines. Provide technical guidance to the national health authorities on field investigation on outbreaks of communicable diseases or other public health events. 
  • Ensure that the provincial health authorities develop and implement surveillance guidelines, protocols, tools and SOPs for detection, verification and response to public health events of national and international concern in accordance with WHO standards and guidelines.
  • Draft proposals with costing with a view to securing possible funding from potential donor for the implementation of IHR Core capacity development and Pandemic and Epidemic Disease control plans.
  • Health Cluster Activities:
  • Ensure effective implementation of leadership and coordination mechanisms for health sector emergency preparedness and response: Lead the cluster meetings at national and provincial level; Represent the cluster members in sectoral and inter-sectoral coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multispectral response, and plan the relevant synergistic intervention with the other clusters concerned.
  • Ensure inter-cluster coordination at different level of operations and maintain contact with health sector stakeholders and existing coordination mechanisms, including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society.
  • Ensure functioning of information management, monitoring and reporting mechanisms for humanitarian action (4Ws, contact lists, communication matrix, etc); collate and disseminate information related to the health sector. 
  • Implement capacity building in pre and post emergency for health sector. Identify urgent training needs in relation to technical standards and protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all Health stakeholders. Disseminate key technical materials and the organization of essential workshops or in-service training. 
  • Coordinate Health contingency planning, emergency preparedness efforts, and resource mobilization for health sector response at National and Provincial level for potential new events or set-backs, when required.
  • Convey technical advice and operational support on needs assessment and analysis, prioritization and strategic planning, so that all health needs are covered through joint actions of health stakeholders with different mandates and expertise. 
  • Contribute to the joint health sector analysis of health-sector information and data leading to joint identification of gaps in the health sector response and agreement on priorities to inform the development (or adaptation) of a health crisis response strategy. 
  • Inform the Sector/Cluster Lead Agency Representative of priority gaps that cannot be covered by any health partner and require CLA action as provider of last resort.


  • Essential: University degree in Medicine.
  • Desirable: Master's Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology/Disaster Management or Social Sciences.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

  • Ability to prioritize, organize, manage and adapt management style according to need In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN Specialized Agencies. donor agencies, national and international NGOs
  • Sound knowledge and experience about national disaster preventions and preparedness programs
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of public health, communicable disease control, planning and policy development, analysing data, concise reporting, and surveillance of communicable diseases.
  • Good skills for the development, implementation and analysis of surveillance projects and activities, including budget programming and control.

Other Skills: 

  • Proficiency in MS Office as well as surveillance databases.


  • Essential: At least 5 years of relevant experience in managing and coordinating emergency programmes, with expertise in epidemiology and surveillance of communicable diseases, experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships, experience in health sector coordination.
  • Desirable: Experience in an international organization with proposal writing and reporting, budgeting and procurement.

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