Technical Officer

World Health Organization

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Preparedness and Response programme, at the WCO, the One Health and Zoonotic Technical Officer will be responsible for the overall integration of the One Health approach and principles in animal, environment and health emergency preparedness and response. The incumbent will also support the overall coordination, collaboration, and engagement with the Quadripartite partners (FAO, OIE/WHOAH, and UNEP) and the respective government agencies in PNG to support the country adopt one health approach accordingly. 

Objectives Of The Programme:
  • 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 affected populations.
Description Of Duties:
  • Under the direct supervision of the WHO Team Coordinator and Epidemiologist, and as part of the overall WHO Health Emergency Team, the One Health & Zoonotic Technical Officer will be responsible for the advocacy, promotion and development of relevant One Health strategies and tools in close consultation with the animal health sector.
  • The incumbent will be working closely with the National the National Department of Health Surveillance & Emergency Response Program and the animal health sector.
  • Increase visibility on One Health approach to health security.
  • Strengthen PNG capacity in preparedness, management and control of infectious hazards including zoonoses, through providing strategic guidance on the incorporation of the One Health approach and principles in country health security strategy/policy/plan.
  • Support PNG to develop and/or review preparedness and response action plan(s) for highly pathogenic zoonotic diseases in line with the One Health Approach/ Agenda and policies.
  • Monitor and evaluate of the implementation of the One-Health action plan and provide appropriate recommendations and technical advice, accordingly.
  • Coordinate and establish effective mechanism for collaboration and communication with related partners e.g. (WHO, FAO, OIE/WHOAH, UNEP, etc.), to implement One-Health agenda, in preparedness and response to zoonotic diseases outbreaks.
  • Support the establishment of relevant health security coordination platform/mechanism as required by the country.
  • Contribute to field and laboratory investigations of zoonotic diseases and promote prevention and control strategies in animals, to prevent animal-human transmission.
  • Perform any other assignments as delegated by the supervisor.
Specific Requirements:
  • Essential: University degree in veterinary medicine, animal health, human medicine, public health, agriculture, or related relevant field.
  • Desirable: Advanced degree in One-Health, veterinary science or medicine, public health, animal health or specialist veterinary or health field is an advantage.
  • Essential: Minimum of 2 years' experience in animal health, environment, veterinary science or medicine, agriculture, public health or related relevant field.
  • Desirable: Experience in implementation of surveillance and outbreak investigation and response, with special focus on zoonotic diseases and/or application of One Health principle, would be an added advantage.
Technical Skills & Knowledge:
  • Basic knowledge of emergency preparedness and response, including but not limited to health emergency information, risk assessment or One Health Agenda.
  • Exposure to working across sectors, public relations, negotiation, or consultative skills.
  • Essential: Proficiency in written and spoken English