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This is a P-5 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 10 years of experience, depending on education.


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Health emergencies continue to have significant and sometimes catastrophic impacts on countries' health, economies and development. Both recent and ongoing public health events have demonstrated that the many communities remain at the highrisk, and that strong levels of national preparedness across all relevant sectors are crucial to ensuring the effective management of health emergencies,when they occur. They also illustrate the need for scaling up the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) that requires countries to build and maintain the capacities to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, anchored on strong and resilient health systems. The Emergency Preparedness Division contributes to the implementation of the WHO Global Programme of Work(GPW 13) and is guided by WHO strategic priorities to “keep the world safe,improve health and serve the vulnerable”. The WHO strategic priorities drive the progress in health towards Universal Health Coverage,and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and speaks particularly to SDG 3,to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The Health Security Preparedness (HSP) department supports Member States inenhancing national preparedness across the IHR core capacities to manage all-hazard risks and emergencies, and to build multisectoral approaches for health security. It ensures that WHO supports Member States to build sustainable preparedness capacities and scale up the implementation of the IHR(2005), and support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other related global and regional frameworks. The department alsoestablishes strategic links to and supports the advancement of global initiatives such as GPMB, GHSA, EU ACP, Health and Security Alliance, Foreign Affairs for Global Health initiative and the UN System Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. HSP works with partners and the broader global heath security community to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in all countries are protected from the impact of health emergencies.


Under the direction of and reporting to the MHS Unit Head, the Senior Technical Officer will be responsible for developing methodology through a broad consultation process to prepare the strategic development and establishment of the GSPN and providing key advice for the MHS Unit Head on the development of GSPN guidelines and templates for standardizing the global, and regional coordination of GSPN's technical assistance for health emergency preparedness including to:Design, implement, and evaluate policy and strategies that position GSPN as a primary support for the implementation of country support for Health Security Preparedness and the IHR, in close coordination with various technical departments across the Organization, with Member States and partnersDevelop and guide the design and development of frameworks and tools needed to implement the GSPN policies, strategies and guidanceDevelopment and coordinate a high-level Consultative Group to steer the GSPN project and support the Unit Head in coordinating the GSPN Steering Committee Develop the GSPN monitoring and evaluation frameworks, tools and mechanisms,particularly an assessment and accountability process on the effectiveness of the technical support provided to Member States through GSPNConduct critical analysis and mapping of global stakeholders for inclusion in the Global Strategic Preparedness Network and institute aninclusive and iterative process that takes into account gender and diversity. Develop the GSPN structure and craft necessary terms of reference,SOPs, memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and protocols for structure and operationsDevelop training materials, standards, and a code of conduct for members of the GSPN network, as well as processes for pre-deployment,deployment, and post-deployment of experts through GSPNDevelop guide and tools on multisectoral communities of practice through the GSPN that will serve as an ongoing learning environment dedicated to supporting countries in improving performance in key technical areas Conduct High-level engagement with partners, donors and Member States to advocate for the GSPN and actively promote successes of the networkEnsure complementarity and synergies with related networks including the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) and Global Health Emergency Workforce (GHEW) and WHO collaborating centers.Work seamlessly with Regional and Country Offices for three-level WHO coordination for GSPNSupport the GSPN Steering and Working Group for raising awareness with key high level groups and partners, to name a few, such as GHSA, G20, G7, and the Health and Security Alliance, keypublic health institutions such as IANPHI, PHE and RKI, as well as other multisectoral preparedness stakeholders and non-traditional health networks including from the private sector as appropriateDevelop and implement strategies for coordination with existing health emergency preparedness networks to leverage existing resources Liaise with and support the implementation of health emergency preparedness initiative such as the UHPR, Urban Preparedness framework particularly the Global Prepared Cities Platform as neededEnsure that GSPN is structured to promote South-South collaboration and peer-to-peer learning and mentoringBuild new and innovative technical partnerships with other UN Agencies, Donors, research institutions, academia, and other stakeholders inhealth emergencies to position the technical area of work related to IHR MEF and implementation into respective policiesDevelop and manage the operations of the GSPN website within the WHO Strategic Partnership for Health Security and Emergency Preparedness (SPH)Portal Support the implementation of the Multisectoral Preparedness Coordination (MPC) Framework and cross-sectoral engagement with non-traditional health stakeholders such as parliamentarians, foreign affairs, sub-national/local authorities (i.e. urban preparedness stakeholders), civil-military health collaboration, the private sector and non-state actors for health emergency preparednessConduct any other duties as assigned by the Unit Head and Director as appropriates.



Essential: Advanced level university degree from an accredited educational institution in public health, life sciences, or related field relevant to the functions of the position. Desirable:


Essential: At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience, some of which is at the international level, working in positions demonstrating specific expertise in providing technical advice and intergovernmental policy dialogue in health emergencies or a related areaA minimum of 5 years of continuous experience working in senior leadership and management functions, including coordination of interdisciplinary teams, and project management.Proven track record of substantive policy development and management and designing and facilitating complex development interventions particularly in network building.Experience in working for development programmes in developing countries. Demonstrated experience at the national and international level in the area of health emergencies. Desirable: Familiarity with the United Nations system and practices. Experience working for a UN agency.


Strong sound technical knowledge of and skills in the field of emergency preparedness and response.Expertise in building the network particularly in the area of health security and pandemic preparedness.Demonstrate skills on strategic planning and execution of strategy; building partnership with internal/external partners; high quality and impactful oral and written communication; negotiation with high-level governmental and nongovernmental partners; and, effective working relations with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. integrity, tact, discretion, initiative,resilience, and service mindedness; committed to gender equality, diversity and inclusionstrong analytic capacity and good understanding of public health and international development issues solid understanding of international political context and WHO's strategic place;and, strong skills in diplomacy and politic alacumen. Ability to find solutions and getresults.Knowledge of the WHO mandate and goals.

WHO Competencies

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO language.


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 90,664 (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 5395 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.


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