Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Background and Justification
Purpose of the Position
The Technical Officer manages time-bound projects aiming at coordinating readiness and technical inputs at country level and enabling close alignment of all readiness support activities. S/he fosters critical linkages within CPI department and WHE programme and provides expert technical support on public health programming, strategic and contingency planning, capacity building and other readiness activities.
The incumbent will be deployed to emergency operations when required.
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Category
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The 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.
The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & the International Health Regulations (2005) Department (CPI) include the monitoring and evaluation of countries’ preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities and the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005) involving an all-hazards approach at all three levels of the Organization. The CPI Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.
The Disaster Risk Management, Vulnerability Assessments and Readiness team provides, in close collaboration with Regional and Country Offices, direct country support for the development and implementation of health emergency readiness and disaster risk management plans in high-vulnerability low-resources countries. The team’s work allows such countries to rapidly acquire the minimum capacity to increase their emergency readiness while the more comprehensive national preparedness plan is being developed and/or implemented. The team takes an all hazards approach and includes vulnerability assessment, WHO readiness, exercises and the development and follow-up of emergency readiness plans to rapidly fill crucial gaps in disaster risk management and in surveillance and response core capacity required under the International Health Regulations (2005).
Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)
The Technical Officer reports to the Team Leader, Disaster Risk Management, Vulnerability Assessments & Readiness, with second level supervision by the Director, CPI.
The incumbent contributes to strengthening institutional readiness and effective public health response to emergencies, through provision of expert technical support to WHO Regional and Country Offices and health partners on public health programming, strategic and contingency planning, business continuity planning, capacity building and other readiness activities as well as to initiating, recommending and advising on relevant policies. S/he provides strong country and regional technical support and coordinates with Regional and Country WHE programme counterparts in the development and application of global, regional and country level positions, technical materials and methods. S/he exercises judgement on the relevance of WHO’s guidelines and may propose their adaptation or modification or recommend new guidelines to meet particular requirements or changing circumstances. Assignments involve ongoing contacts with staff at all levels within WHE, CPI and throughout WHO including Regional Advisers, funding partners, other policy and technical staff in partner agencies (both within and outside the UN system) and staff of Ministries of Health and related Ministries involved in emergency risk management and response, to foster coordination, consolidate needs, to plan, coordinate and manage the implementation of readiness plans and activities.
The incumbent is expected to welcome opportunities to support multi-disciplinary, cross cutting approaches to work and facilitates participation in such approaches. Work is regularly reviewed in discussion with the supervisor, in briefings and de-briefings.
The present position under WHE (which is a single Programme across the Organization) may be relocated to another duty station, including at Regional or Country level, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.
*Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected)
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:
Functional Knowledge and Skills
Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position
Use of Language Skills
Other Skills (e.g. IT): Computer literacy.