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This is a P-3 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 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 130,785 USD and 171,253 USD.

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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 many communities remain at high risk, 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 in enhancing 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. 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.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent will have the following roles and responsibilities, in close collaboration with other WHO departments, regions, and relevant stakeholders: - Support in development of tracking mechanisms and framework to support UHPR. - Contribute towards the management and execution of projects in line with ADGO (Assistant Director General Office) and DO (Director Office) priorities. - Draft coordination and management plan for UHPR-TAG (Technical Advisory Group). - Establish and manage workplan for UHPR-TAG. - Contribute towards the management of UHPR-TAG Working Groups and liaison with WHO technical programmes, RO(Regional Office), countries and partners. - Develop a standard template for monitoring progress of national and global implementation of recommendations from UPHR and evaluating outcomes. - Prepare briefing templates to effectively communicate UHPR progress and updates to the process. - Support in preparation of briefing materials on work of TAG Working Groups activity. - Develop methodology and the broad consultation process to prepare the national UHPR report, including preparing for the review, data sources to be used and analysis of data. - Contribute to UHPR missions with documentation of mission, best practices and recommendations. - Update of UHPR orientation package and related tools. - Support of outbreak response capacity building and leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic response investments through operationalization of UHPR. - Support to the ongoing pandemic and monkeypox outbreak through mobilization of every sector of the government and society to take ownership and participate in the response. - Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor.



Essential: University degree in public health, or health science, or business management or related fields. Desirable: Training in emergency/disaster preparedness and response.


Essential: At least five years of relevant experience in health emergency preparedness, planning and operational readiness, including experience in outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies. Desirable: Relevant experience working within a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment. Experience working for a national authority. WHO or UN experience is an advantage.


Demonstrated knowledge of public health in general and disaster risk management for health and IHR (2005) in particular, complemented by skills in the field of epidemiology, health emergency preparedness and response and health system assessment (use of appropriate instrument, data collection, analysis and write-up of results, conclusions and recommendations), planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, in a public health emergency and/or disaster context.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Expert knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other UN languages.


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 62,692 (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 4106 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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