Regional Adviser

WHO - World Health Organization, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st December, 2018

Job Description


In view of ongoing acute and protracted emergencies in the region Department for Health Systems Development (HSD) has initiated establishment of an innovative and dynamic unit called “Health Systems in Emergencies Lab” (HSEL) as the 5th team in the department.The overall aim of Health Systems in Emergencies Lab (HSEL) is to support Fragile, Conflict Affected and relatively more Vulnerable (FCV) countries for health systems building and strengthening, including improving health emergency preparedness, response and recovery capacities in order to facilitate their advancement on the path towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). In all EMR Member States, the team will facilitate full integration of International Health Regulations (IHR) and preparedness capacities in national health systems.


  • Lead the National Health Sector Assessments that identifies health system capacities for preparedness, response and recovery from different kinds of shocks.
  • Integrate health emergency preparedness and response capacity building in the broader health system strengthening work with EMR Ministries of Health, WHO country offices, development partners and other stakeholders.
  • Develop a framework and monitoring system that guides integration of IHR core capacities and preparedness in Health System Strengthening (HSS) interventions
  • Guide EMR Ministries of Health on early recovery approaches that are integrated in humanitarian response plans and these approaches are guided by health system development vision and plans.
  • Lead the design, delivery and financing of Basic/Essential Package of Health Services in emergency affected setting.
  • Build holistic health system approach among development partners including emergency preparedness, response and recovery dimensions
  • Coordinate in partnership with stakeholders, development partners and other partner organizations to collectively mobilize resources.
  • Showcase the experiences and lessons learnt in adopting Humanitarian, Development, and Peace Nexus in FCV countries, and promote knowledge generation about disruptive health systems.
  • Oversee the development of a detailed task-based work plan and budget for implementation of priority activities identified by FCV countries.
  • Identify and develop clear recommendations and guidance on most relevant actions to be taken in affected as well as non-affected areas/countries in order to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.
  • Determine staffing needs; ensure the mobilization of the required human resources. Provide leadership, motivation, guidance, and performance management of staff and experts. Take concrete measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all WHO responders.
  • Provide technical expertise/guidance to the EMR countries on how to effectively coordinate non-governmental organizations that are actively engaged in conflicts and emergencies as well as in organizing communities to better respond to and cope with the health challenges in emergency situations.
  • In coordination with other technical units and departments in EMRO, and local stakeholders, presents good practices and promotes innovative ideas, strategies and plans that strengthen health system response at emergencies.



  • Essential: Masters' degree in medicine, public health, epidemiology, health systems/services administration or management
  • Desirable: Specialized training in emergency risk management


  • Essential: A minimum of 10 years' experience, at the national and international level, in managing outbreaks and health emergencies. Related experience in managing human and financial resource.
  • Desirable: Extensive experience in strengthening health services in emergency situation and promoting resilient health systems, coordination and partnership. Experience in building disaster management capacity.


  • Knowledge of disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction, response and recovery programmes Knowledge of the International Health Regulations High level of technical and managerial competence for planning, direction, assessment, review and evaluation of health system. Proven skills in negotiation; dealing with sensitive issues involving stakeholders with different perspectives. Ability of solicit inputs to draw consensus and move forward.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Promoting innovation and organizational learning
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO Language.


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