Technical Officer, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

WHO-World Health Organization, Manila, Philippines

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th May, 2018

Job Description


The mission of WHE is to help countries coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

WHE brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all-health-hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. WHE 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.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support in strengthening Member States' capacities including preparedness for managing health security, information management and risk assessments, infectious hazard management and emergencies in the country:
  • Provide technical support in implementing, monitoring and evaluation of IHR (2005) core capacities through the implementation of APSED III;
  • Strengthen disaster risk management for health including disaster preparedness and response;
  • Provide guidance on the development and implementation of national action plans;
  • Provide support in the management of infectious hazards, enhanced surveillance and response for the control of influenza including pandemic preparedness;
  • Contribute and participate in regional/global event-based surveillance analysis and joint risk assessment including timely information sharing.
  • Improve the WHO's readiness by providing WHO Country Office, Philippines, with guidance on technical oversight and standards on organizational readiness activities, in coordination with the Technical Officer (Readiness) at the Regional Office.
  • With guidance by the RED, manage outbreaks and emergencies through the principles of an Incident Management System (IMS) and ensure application of established technical guidance and standards of IMS functions; support the HWO Philippines in government relations to ensure an effective response.
  • Foster strong country-level emergency-related partnerships: build and coordinate partner networks and coordinate response partners during graded and protracted events.
  • Lead workplan development, financial and human resources (HR) planning processes related to WHE staff in the country office.
  • Support resource mobilization activities, working closely with the resource mobilization of HWO Philippines, RED, and WHO resource mobilization teams.
  • Foster close collaborative work with other technical programmes.
  • Upon request, provide technical and managerial support, backstopping and gap-filling for emergency activities at any level of the Organization or scale of emergency.
  • Perform other related duties, as requested by supervisor, including provision of support to other areas of work and teams or programme areas, as required.



  • Essential: Master's level university degree in health-related field, medicine or public health from an accredited/recognized institution.
  • Desirable: Specialized training in epidemiology, communicable diseases, health, outbreak and/or emergency management.


  • Essential: Minimum of seven years of related experience, at national and international level, in multisectoral coordination, strengthening country capacities and responding to emergencies and disasters, including infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters or complex emergencies. Experience in coordinating operational activities in preparedness and response with a range of actors.
  • Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO and/or other international agencies. Field experience in public health programmes or outbreak and emergency surveillance and response programmes in developing countries.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to work with 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 IMS.
  • Ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks.
  • Strong operational competencies in managing and coordinating humanitarian programme cycle, including efficient human and financial resource management.
  • Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Driving the Organization to a Successful Future
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.


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