Team Leader

WHO - World Health Organization, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd January, 2018

Job Description

The overall goal of WHO's Health Emergencies (WHE) Programme is to minimize the health consequences of emergencies due to any biological, natural, technological or societal hazard. Collective and sound health emergency and disaster risk management is essential to health security, to sustainable development and to building the resilience of communities, countries and health systems.

The objectives of WHO's HE Programme are: to help Member States build their capacity 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 minimize the impact on the health of affected populations. WHO's Health Emergencies Programme directs all of the Organization's work in health emergency risk management, with an all-hazards approach comprising risk reduction, preparedness, readiness, response and early recovery activities, and with a particular emphasis on the identification and mitigation of infectious hazards and risks.

The Programme is responsible for establishing and managing WHO's operational capacity in acute and protracted emergencies, setting overall strategy and ensuring appropriate operational planning, managing field operations, developing and ensuring adherence to technical standards, and ensuring risk and performance monitoring. The Programme engages in relevant partnerships and inter-agency processes, recognizing that its impact should be optimized by coordinating, leveraging and facilitating the implementation roles of other local, national andinternational entities and partners' best positioned to deliver the relevant clinical or other public health services. .

WHO's HE Programme integrates and operates under the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence in the serving populations affected by outbreaks.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide technical guidance to WHO Health Emergency Programme in the strategic development, planning, formulation and implementation of WHO's emergency preparedness and response at the national level.
  • Manage and coordinate the response operations, ensuring close coordination and smooth functioning between the operational and technical/programmatic components.
  • Initiate and maintain contacts with health partners and stakeholders from UN agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions to advise for, advocate and successfully influence national strategies for health emergency response operations.
  • In collaboration with health partners, identify needs, resources and gaps, establishing deployment procedures and resource mobilization mechanisms for health.
  • Develop and maintain effective collaboration with other agencies through the Health Cluster approach, with emphasis on the coordination and consolidation of Health Cluster activities.
  • Support the development of Humanitarian Response Plan /Overview and Common Humanitarian Fund, Central Emergency Relief Fund , and other bilateral and multilateral resource mobilization in line with government health sector humanitarian priorities.
  • Establish a transparent and accountable mechanism for grant allocation, pool funds, and financial monitoring.
  • Ensure the timely implementation of operational response programs and provide good quality donor reports.
  • Any other work related duties assigned by the country representative.

Managing of staff:

  • Lead and provide motivation to WHE staff and experts, and building dynamic and efficient team to bolster WHO's emergency response operations.
  • Identify the needs for capacity building of national and international staff.
  • Define the capacity building program for unit staff to ensure adequate surge capacity within the unit;

Monitoring and evaluation of implementation and performance of WHO response programs:

  • Establish monitoring and evaluation mechanism ensuring effective and efficient execution of project activities and taking corrective actions as necessary and drawing lessons to be learnt.
  • Manage data collection and its timely availability to facilitate planning of different preparedness and response activities.
  • Develop and update technical reports and communications material on health situation and WHO activities.



Essential: Master's degree in public health or health related area.

Desirable: Degree or studies in management or public administration.


Essential: At least 7 years' experience in emergency and humanitarian response, at national and international levels, with emphasis on emergency management and related strategy development at leadership position, capacity building and their implementation. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships and/or experience in developing countries

Desirable: Experience or sound knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in Health Action in Crises or experience in UN organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to supervise and manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
  • Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively.5. Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French or another WHO language.


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