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Non-permanent St Technical Officer

la Organizatia Mondiala a Sanatatii in Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/12/TA111
Title: Technical Officer (EHA)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract: Twelve(12) months
Application Deadline: 5 November 2012
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/DDC Prevention & Control of Communicable Diseases (AF/DDC)

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To improve the performance of WHO in enabling all stakeholders to better address health disaster risk management including the health dimensions of crises, for the benefit of affected communities and to ensure effective WHO capacity in order to provide sufficient support for effective health action before, during and after crises.

Description of duties:
1.In Collaboration with the DPR/IST focal point facilitate the implementation of sub-regional health disaster risk management activities in line with the regional strategy on DRM;
2.Support countries in the Eastern Africa to implement health disaster risk management activities in line with the regional strategy on DRM;
3.Support and take part in rapid health assessments; collect and manage health information and use this as a basis to assist national and international health actors; identify public health concerns and threats and identify capacity gaps;
4.Contribute to developing joint response strategy in collaboration with local health authorities and partners) and identify resources needed for WHO's intervention;
5.Assist the WHO Representative of the country affected by the crisis in the implementation of the internal WHO emergency response plan for the office;
6.Coordinate or assist the Ministry of Health in co-ordinating stakeholders' responses/interventions;
7.Participate in inter-agency mechanisms, including UNDAC, UN ISDR, Health Cluster, Inter cluster meetings, UNSECOORD etc;
8.In Collaboration with the DPR/IST facilitate a regional health response to the crisis where pertinent;
9.Prepare situation reports (with adequate frequency) and assist WHO Representatives in the dissemination of public health information, and support media and communication activities as needed;
10.Initiate project proposals to finance WHO's disaster risk-management activities;
11.Initiate project proposals to finance WHO's response and be involved in the preparation of a health sector response strategy through OCHA-led appeal mechanisms;
12.Brief and assist incoming technical experts in their missions;
13.Prepare regular reports on response activities;
14.Support lessons learnt events following rapid response to specific crises.
15.The incumbent needs to be ready to undertake any other tasks when requested by the WHO Regional Adviser and IST Coordinator.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education:
Essential: Degree in Medicine and post graduate degree in public health/epidemiology from a recognized university.
Desirable: Training in health disaster risk management would be an asset.

Skills:
Skills in designing and running training programmes;
Experience in emergency relief operations;.
Good communication skills;
Ability to work in a team multinational and multidisciplinary environment;
Knowledge in emergency management, preparedness and relief operations.
Working experience in difficult and insecure circumstances;
Willingness to travel regularly within the region of assignment and availability for other missions as and when required;
Well developed problem solving skills;
Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Ability to convene and work with all relevant national and international stakeholders;
Strategic vision and judgement;
Ability to prioritize, organize manage and adapt management style according to requirements of the position;
Ability to build, motivate and manage teams;
Emotional intelligence, gender sensitivity and ability to appreciate cultural diversity in the work place.

Experience:
Essential: At least seven years of experience in a health sector related to emergency management at national and/or international level; ability to convince stakeholders and facilitate policy process between UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors.
Desirable: Previous experience with WHO or other UN organizations, as well as involvement in health emergency programmes.

Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English or French with good working knowledge of the other.
Ability to speak the official language of the designated country would be a distinct advantage

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 67,483 at single rate
US$ 72,467 with primary dependants
Source: WHO.


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