Public Health Officer

WHO - World Health Organization, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th September, 2018

Job Description


The objectives of WHO emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during, and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by: (1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by a crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services; (2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee; (3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; (4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response. All the above are building on the performance standards and core commitments of the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) and the four critical functions in emergency response: leadership, information, technical expertise and core services.


Under the overall guidance of the Head of WHO Office (HWO) and direct technical supervision of the Refugee Programme Coordinator, the incumbent supports the promotion and implementation of activities related to emergency response and coordination focusing on the delivery of health services to populations affected.Summary of Assigned Duties:1. Supports the Refugee Health Coordinator in strengthening the health cluster coordination mechanism at country level thorough enhancing partnership with health partners and other sector partners. Acts as liaison between national authorities and the field operations in provinces contributing to the strengthening of WHO's response capacity, including identifying needs and funding gaps.2. Supports the implementation of the response operations in provinces. Assists with the development of work plans, including timeframes and activity cost estimates, project proposals and budgets.3. Supports WHO's collaboration with the MoH Migrant Health Center system, liaises with implementing partners ensuring quality of service delivery in line with WHO and national standards and integration of cross-cutting themes.4. Conducts monitoring and reporting on health status and health interventions required/ongoing, including Migrant Health Centers, NGO clinics, and referral pathways.5. Fosters effective collaboration with and provides technical input/ to provincial and municipal health authorities, national and international NGOs and UN agencies, with emphasis on the coordination and consolidation of health sector activities at the national level in support of the field operations.6. Carries out monitoring, evaluation and reporting of activities and drawing/documenting lessons to be learnt; tracking and monitoring project implementation using project tracking, systems. Facilitates smooth information flow on activities through preparation and sharing, of reports, organizing meetings and participating in trainings of health professionals.7. Other tasks as requested by the supervisors.



  • Essential: University degree in medicine, public health, disaster management, social and political sciences or related field.
  • Desirable: An advanced post graduate degree or studies in medicine, public health management or public administration; training in disease management, emergency response or a related subject.


  • Essential: At least two years of national work experience in the field of management of public health programmes/systems with emphasis on management and capacity building. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships
  • Desirable: Experience in emergency and humanitarian response operations. Experience in / or sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in emergency risk and crisis management or experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs


Demonstrated knowledge of health care systems andtheir implementation in emergencies as related to public health, and servicedelivery complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficultsituations. Demonstrated knowledge ofemergency management and response operations. Excellent skills in themonitoring and analysis of emergency situations and health servicedelivery. Excellent interpersonal skillsand ability to work under pressure.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Turkish.


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