Team Leader (WHO Health Emergencies)

World Health Organization, Jakarta, Indonesia

Skill Required:, HR and AdminIT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th February, 2020

Job Description


The Main focus areas for this position are: 

  • Health System Emergency and disaster preparedness, planning, risk assessment, reduction and management; 
  • Strengthening community's resilience and engagement in Health emergency;
  • Supporting relevant inter-sectoral and interagency collaboration and coordination, national and international partnerships; 
  • Overall coordination, planning, information collection, evaluation for effective WHO Health leadership, operational and strategic management support in health emergencies under WHO Workplans of Category 12.


  • Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative, and in collaboration with the respective departments at WHO/SEARO and WHO/HQ, the incumbent shall perform the following duties specific to Indonesia:
  • Provide technical and operational guidance to enhance country's capacities at national and subnational levels in all hazards emergency preparedness, risk reduction, emergency response and recovery and will lead areas related to Global Health Security Agenda (IHR, Food safety, etc.) and the WHO country team working under Category 12.
  • Facilitate the development of the WHO emergency preparedness and operational plans, outlining the activities and resources (staffing, equipment, funding) required for WHO to perform its role as the lead technical agency in health emergencies, and more specifically as the leader of the Health Cluster in humanitarian emergencies and outbreaks.
  • Assist in National Health System Emergency and disaster preparedness, planning, risk assessment and reduction, risk and emergency management with emphasis on all hazards approach, by facilitating adequate planning and training of national human resources and Enhancing the capacities of the rapid response and medical, and trauma teams during emergencies and disasters (mass gatherings included)
  • Facilitate adaptation, dissemination and implementation of national emergency guidelines, tools, strategies and workplans in the context of decentralized health and administrative systems.
  • Collaborate with relevant ministries and other stakeholders to undertake gap analyses in all emergency related areas of work and support Health System strengthening efforts in these gap areas to ensure that country priorities are fulfilled; always ensure the participation of the WHO country office in the joint risk assessment process of any suspected or actual emergency event.
  • Provide timely assistance for the overall coordination, preparedness and planning, information collection, evaluation for effective WHO country office leadership, operational and strategic management in the emergency or disaster events.
  • Assess and reassess the health emergency situation, determine strategies, set objectives appropriate to the level of the required response; prioritizing filling health service delivery gaps, develop an operational planning cycle to reach health sector performance standards ensuring fulfillment of WHO's critical functions.
  • Manage the operational and technical components with WR, WHO/Headquarters and the Regional Office, by establishing clear lines of communications, ensure proper documentation of any incident, including the provision of situation reports and action plans and estimation of needed resources.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the emergency operations, take corrective actions as necessary ensuring synergies and smooth functioning between the operational and technical components of all actors.
  • Ensure technical quality and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions and Contribute to evaluating the impact of WHO's collaboration with Indonesia (aggregated and area specific) and to developing evaluation tools;
  • Monitor the implementation of WHO's HSE programme, projects and grants, ensuring that implementation, expenditure and reporting are consistent with plans and projects. Analyze risks for implementation and bring them to the attention of the responsible officers.
  • Support relevant inter-sectoral and interagency collaboration and coordination, national and international partnerships by building external relations, representing WHO and its positions in negotiations in relevant inter-agency and international fora involved with country response to Health emergencies.
  • Assist WR in external relationships, representation, communication and advocacy work of the WCO aimed at improving national preparedness and emergency response programmes' transparency and accountability;
  • Advise WR on managing sensitive issues arising from emergency events and on the release of related information, communications, advocacy products and statements to internal and external partners as well as to the public and work closely with the WHO communication officers to develop relevant policy briefs, public messages and public guidance as needed.
  • Document good country practices and initiatives and their application at the national and sub-national levels and Provide information to/briefing of senior and elected officials as required.
  • Perform any other related activities, assigned by the WHO Representative.


A medical degree and an advanced post-graduate University degree in Epidemiology or public health with strong epidemiology from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Specific training in humanitarian response and/or disaster management.


  •  At least 10 years' of relevant experience, including considerable experience in an international context, in emergency management and operations, with proven experience in incident management systems and responding to disease outbreaks;
  • The above should include substantial experience (3-5 years) in leadership positions, capacity building and their implementation; Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships and/or experience in developing countries and substantial experience in efficient human and financial resource management.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in natural disasters/ health emergency management and related strategy development with WHO/UN agencies or reputable international organizations.

Essential:• Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health.• Ability to identify and manage difficult and complex situations, to lead and direct 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.• Authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in international emergency management system.• Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks.• Technical expertise and Overall attitude at work are also required mandatory competencies.
Other Skills (e.g. IT): Proficient in MS Office Software applications, data analysis and technical presentations

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Producing results
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Beginners knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia.


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