Health Emergency/Humanitarian Officer - Nairobi, Kenya, Dakar, Senegal & Cape Town, South Africa

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education. More about P-4 contracts and their salaries.


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.


To support WHO Country Offices and Member States on emergency management during public health crisis. The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all aspects of health emergency procedures related to public health issues in emergencies, risk and needs assessments and/or strategies and actions plans. S/he will liaise with other technical departments and sectors on specific thematic issues relevant to the field of emergency response. S/he will actively engage with and support specific country offices and report on progress and project implementation. S/he will have a key role in facilitating information exchange and coordination between the three levels of the Organization (WHO headquarters, Regional Offices and Country Offices).


1. Monitor countries on alert for public health emergencies and reported crises in close collaboration with the EPR Information Management Unit.

2. Support affected countries in the classification of emergencies and the follow-up of recommendations resulting from this process.

3. Provide follow-up and technical support to countries affected by acute public health emergencies and humanitarian crises through direct interactions organized through teleconferences.

4. Ensure the organization of key trainings for countries in need in the areas of public health emergency management including humanitarian response and project management.

5. Analyze the response provided to countries in order to identify gaps and propose operational or strategic solutions to the hierarchy.

6. Support the organization of monitoring field operations through operational reviews and monitoring of "Grading" crisis classifications, and joint operational reviews when necessary

7. Contribute to communication and information products (Hub Weekly Report, Hub Newsletters, etc.) as needed.

8. Ensure collaboration with the Hub Partnership Coordination team and key regional partners involved in public health emergency management.

9. Provide emergency management/humanitarian response on the ground as an incident manager or other relevant position during deployments to countries affected by acute emergencies. As such, the incumbent is called upon to ensure set up of an incident management system according to the WHO Emergency Framework for Action "ERF" and to represent WHO in inter-agency negotiations.

10. Perform any other related specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: An advanced university degree in Medecine or related field.

Desirable: Specialization or specific training on health emergencies.


Essential: At least 7 (seven) years of experience in public health emergency management and operations including Humanitarian emergencies and outbreaks in leadership, capacity building or emergency plan implementation positions at the national or international level.

Desirable: Previous humanitarian field work experience with WHO/UN, health cluster partners, a recognized humanitarian organization or with an international non-governmental organization with expertise in disaster and outbreak response.


Proven experience and expertise in the management of the health response to humanitarian emergencies and outbreaks; extensive technical knowledge, and operational skills, including early recovery/transition, combined with knowledge of UN, interagency humanitarian systems and process. Excellent communication skills to negotiate/enlist cooperation from a broad range of actors from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Strong organizational skills complemented with ability to work in a proactive and independent manner, multi-task and produce results under pressure. Diplomacy, tact and discretion. Good knowledge of WHO operations and the specificities of operations in the context of an epidemic and humanitarian emergencies is an asset..

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills:

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment).

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Language requirement are interchangeable.


WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 75.602 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.


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