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Job Summary
Grade: P4, Mid-level Professional
Employment Type: Temporary
Occupation: Healthcare, Humanitarian and Crisis Response
Location: New Delhi (India)
Closing Date: 10 Jan 2020


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 by emergencies, be able to lead and coordinate multisectoral and international health response to such emergencies, and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.Emergency Operations Unit of WHE is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance, and in this context develops new standards and shapes the global policy of the response to health emergencies. Finally, EMO engages in representation to key interagency bodies.


Under the overall guidance of the Regional Emergency Director, and the direct supervision of the Programme Area Manager for Emergency Operations (EMO), and in close collaboration with other relevant units, the incumbent shall support Member States through:

1.  Support the EMO team in the following areas: leading, guiding, directing and overseeing the implementation of the preparedness and response plan. 
2.  In coordination with the PAM-EMO, assist in overseeing the coverage of all health emergency operations in support to the Member States, coordinating with partners and WHO implementation of the most effective preparedness and response measures.
3.  Support in establishing, strengthening or operationalizing rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early response in collaboration with the other unit within and outside WHE Departments. 
4.  Provide advice to the Member States and partners on equipping the health facilities with the necessary infrastructure, equipment, drugs, and medical supplies to address the existing and foreseen risks and to prevent the dissemination of infectious diseases within and outside the facilities. 
5.  Support in overseeing response activities that health facilities provide quality preventive and curative health care to the affected population and continue to deliver routine essential health service in addition to responding to the cause of the crisis.
6.  Assist in the identification and development of clear recommendations and guidance on most relevant actions to be taken in affected as well as non- affected areas/countries in order to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.
7.  Support in the coordination and operational support for prevention and control mechanisms such as vaccination, enhanced surveillance, vector control, infection control (including personal protection), enhanced sanitation and hygiene, increased provision of water and/or nutrients, prepositioning of drugs and medical supplies, etc.
8.  Support in the identification of gaps in knowledge on the causes of excess morbidity and mortality of the affected population and liaise with relevant technical focal points on key research, knowledge and product development to address these gaps. 
9.  Support collaboration and knowledge sharing between different internal and external partners; and ensure that the best knowledge, scientific evidence and information related to the public health risks and impacts of the event is available to the team to set standards and norms, develop and disseminate technical guidance and validate training and communication materials.
10.  Ensure concerted flow of communication at all levels of the organization.
11.  Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
12.  Submit an assignment report at the end of the assignment (mandatory).



Essential: Advance University degree (Master’s level or above) in, Public Health, International Relations, Social Sciences, Management or related field from an accredited/ recognized university. First university degree in any of the above fields from an accredited/recognized university.

Desirable: Specialized training in; programme criticality assessment, health cluster coordination, or humanitarian response.


Essential: At least 7 years of experience in public health, health systems and/or operations, including in health emergencies, managing human and financial resources, partner coordination, some of which should have obtained in an international context.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in health emergency management and related development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO and/or UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations.


– 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. – Proven skills to manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff. Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques of public health and emergency response framework.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 72,637 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2016 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

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