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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.


The salary for this job should be between 151,647 USD and 195,517 USD.

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The international rate of 90,970 USD, with an additional 66.7% at this the location, applies.

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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 objectives of the Health Security Preparedness Department (HSP) include the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities involving an all-hazards approach at all three levels of the Organization. The HSP Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries. The Country Capacity for IHR unit (CCI), is WHO headquarters' main hub for support to national assessments, and planning of critical countries capacities. The CCI team provides essential support to WHO's regional and country offices in their effort to assess, monitor and evaluate status of implementation of the IHR including at the animal human interface.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities: Analyse the outcomes of the tools and processes resulting from the various tools and processes of HSP, with the perspective of making them available for inclusion in or contribution to the development of the NAPHS. This includes but is not limited to reviewing the outputs of the JEE, SPAR, IHR-PVS National Bridging Workshops (NBWs), Strategic Toolkit for Assessing Risks (STAR), Simulation Exercises (SIMEX), After Action Reviews (AAR). This work will be conducted with other teams in HSP and wider, in charge of these tools and processes. Identify gaps, overlaps, synergies and opportunities of association of these different tools and processes, while recognizing their respective aims and specificities, and respecting the rational for their development and implementation. Explore the existence and investigate the relevance of other indicators from thematic programs out of HSP of possible interest for health security preparedness, and analyse the possibility to organize them in a format compatible for their consideration in the NAPHS Explore options for strategic use of the results of above during Universal Health Preparedness Reviews (UHPR). Provide technical support for CAP technical areas of work, such as SPAR, JEE, NAPHS as needed, including the development, production and management of their online platforms and the management of the CAP corporative e-mail account. Perform other related responsibilities, including replacing and/or backstopping.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in public health or related field. Desirable: Higher degree or studies in public health or related area, international relations or business communication.


Essential: At least seven years of experience at international levels in emergencies, project management and coordination of including but not limited to experience in managing large projects in resource limited countries. Desirable: Work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Understanding of WHO process for administration and project management. Proven primary responsibility for managing cross-cutting initiatives involving different departments or organizational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or similar.


Demonstrated ability to interact in complex situations involving technical, cultural and political elements. Sound analytical and organizational skills. Excellent presentation and communications skills, with emphasis on writing skills. Proven ability to work under pressure in critical situations. Ability to promote cooperation. Tact, diplomacy and courtesy.

WHO Competencies

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

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 75,602 (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 4631 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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