Emergency Management Support Team Lead

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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 Emergency Operations Unit of the Health Emergencies Programme 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 the expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance, as well as representation to key interagency bodies.


The purpose of the position, is to function as the Team Lead, coordinating the technical area of Emergency Management Support within the Emergency Management Response Program in the WHO/AFRO Emergency Preparedness and Response Cluster. The Team Lead will focus on the provision of technical policy and advice to strengthen the programme area of work in critical emergency management functions including surge response and emergency workforce identification and deployment in acute emergencies management. The Team Lead is responsible to coordinate, manage and evaluate program activities within the assigned area of responsibility, in consultation with other Regional Emergency programs, Regional Hubs, and Country office colleagues on program needs within the area of Emergency Management Support; create milestones on new policies and strategies to address regional and country needs; and build technical capacities for WHO/AFRO staff and Ministries of Health in Member States, cutting edge research/professional institutions and other stakeholders.


1. Provides technical leadership, coordination and managerial support within the Emergency Management Support (EMS) unit ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.

2. Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives including coordination of the unit’s workplan development, prudent management of the unit’s financial and human resources, and efficient management of a small team of technical staff.

3. Provides technical leadership and coordination of the surge management team in the identification of surge experts to support health emergencies and ensures effective surge roster management.

4. Provides technical leadership in establishment of surge dashboard to support health emergencies.

5. Oversees establishing and supporting of Public Health Emergency Operation Centers (PHEOC) including capacity building of PHEOCs.

6. Oversee the development/adaptation and implementation of technical guidance and strategies related to the work of the unit through the collaboration with other programs within AFRO and in WHO country Offices.

7. Provides advice in developing further the acute emergencies management events for strengthening and improving technical capacity of member states.

8. Facilitate operational planning and support to member states to conduct periodic operational reviews of public health events and emergencies for lessons learning.

9. Leads and conducts analysis on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and disseminate information for capacity building in the respective area of work.

10. Manages the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables.

11. Represent the programme area of work at various meetings to advocate for emergencies management support.

12. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Specific duties:

  • Coordinate, with technical leads and other teams, the development, negotiation, implementation and monitoring of the departmental technical, operational and HR work plans, provide direction on the controls, underpin compliance with planning frameworks and surge management principles;
  • Upon request, provide technical and managerial support and backstopping for emergency activities at any level of the Organization or scale of emergency;
  • Leverage capacities from across all AFRO Departments in support of the Emergency management support; supporting countries on SURGE for the WHO Incident Management System, Emergency Response Framework and Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Perform a key role in encouraging full collaboration with WHO-wide, UN Agencies, and other key operational partners (e.g. GOARN, EMTs, Global Health Cluster, technical networks) in the implementation of WHO response to emergencies;
  • Continuously oversee, monitor and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of WHO emergency operations for all emergencies, based on agreed standards and indicators, working with Regional and Country Office to make relevant course corrections and update SOPs and guidance, as needed.



Essential: Master University degree in Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology or equivalent, Management, Business Administration, or related to the functions of the position.

Desirable: Bachelor’s Degree in a Medical related field.


Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the field of public health or management of administration, including experience in the area of health policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience managing human resource for emergency response. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

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


  • Concrete skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.
  • Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies
  • Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.
  • Good skills in mobilizing resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently, exercise sound judgment and take initiative
  • Excellent analytical and negotiation skills Team leadership and building partnership skills.
  • Accountability and decision-making

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Driving the Organization - Position in Health Leadership
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills:

Expert knowledge of English or French with a good working knowledge of the other

Language requirement are interchangeable

Knowledge of another WHO language would be an asset


WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 90.664 USD (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable).

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.
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