Regional Emergency Director

World Health Organization

Cairo, Egypt

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to populations affected by emergencies from all hazards. The Programme brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the emergency management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. The Programme is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities.
Description Of Duties:
  • Lead the Department in providing technical expertise to Member States and other Stakeholders with guidance and technical data required for the development, implementation, and monitoring of national and/or global policies and programmes.
  • Provide the overall leadership, management accountability, and direction of the Department in delivering its objectives through managing and galvanizing a diverse workforce and financial resources to optimize the department deliverables and mandate.
  • Provide senior level technical advice and expertise to Senior Management in the area of assigned responsibilities in order to position the Department and Organization as a leader in the respective area.
  • Direct and lead overall establishment and development of the Department's evidence-based policies and strategies for roll out and delivery for Regional and Country Office implementation.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department's area of work to ensure development of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements and mechanisms to ensure optimal performance of Department deliverables.
  • Serve as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and other key players in the respective areas.
  • Promote the integration of Regional Country Office perspectives and operational capacities into the Department's programme area of work.
  • Build strong partnerships and fosters consensus building with External Partners, Member States, UN Agencies, Donor, cutting edge research institutions and other stakeholders in the subject area to politically position the technical area of work and implementation into national and/or global policies.
  • Supervise implementation of baseline all-hazards risk assessments and independent assessments of critical preparedness capacities.
  • Provide authoritative guidance on the development and costing of national health emergencies plans.
  • Ensure oversight of outbreaks and graded acute emergencies which will be managed through the Incident Management System and has direct supervision of Incident Manager at country and regional level.
  • Oversee support to WHO country offices to ensure that they are operationally ready to detect and respond effectively to emergencies that pose the greatest health risk.
  • Represent the Organization and Department area of work in a diverse array of regional fora to position WHO as a leader in the regional health community.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications:
  • Essential: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Medicine, Public Health or a related field.
  • Desirable: Specialized training or degree in epidemiology. Specialized training or degree in emergency/humanitarian response. Training in leadership or management.
  • A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in the management of health security, emergency, surveillance, disease control and/or public health programmes.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience at the international level.
  • Experience in providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision makers. 
  • Experience in managing human and financial resources, as well as experience in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies. 
  • Relevant work experience in WHO and/or UN sister agencies;
  • Experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.
  • Work experience or training as a Health Cluster Coordinator or a Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • Field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.
  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies.
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Strong understanding and skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media.
  • Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.
  • Regionally respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in Health Emergencies.
  • Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.
Use of Language Skills
  • Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Knowledge of Arabic and/or French desirable.