Technical Officer (Influenza and other respiratory viruses)

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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.


The salary for this job should be between 168,077 USD and 210,639 USD.

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The mission of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) 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. WHE brings together and enhances WHO's operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle in a predictable, capable, dependable, adaptable and accountable manner. WHE is designed to operate within the broader humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at ris of, or affected by, outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local and national capabilities. The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & International Health Regulations (CPI) programme area include the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies as well as planning and implementation of country capacity-building for critical capacities, and serving as the Secretariat of the IHR (2005). CPI works based on an all-hazards approach and involves all three levels of the Organization and prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low-capacity countries. In WPRO, CPI is also responsible for establishing risk mitigation strategies and capacities for priority high threat infectious hazards. This includes developing and supporting prevention and control strategies, tools and capacities for high threat infectious hazards, establishing and maintaining expert networks to detect, understand and manage new or emerging high threat infectious hazards as well as providing secretariat support for the management of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework.


Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities: 1.Develop and promote, in collaboration with regional, field staff and national health officials, comprehensive, sustainable influenza surveillance systems including contributing to GISRS and GISRS-related activities2.Utilizing APHSAF, and with particular emphasis on timely response and reporting of outbreaks and pandemic influenza viruses, contribute to the planning of activities in countries together with HQ, country offices, partners and key stakeholders, to strengthen laboratory, surveillance and public health capacity capacity for influenza, zoonotic influenza and other respiratory viruses.3.Advocate and coordinate with regional and national counterparts and integrate contributions from across agencies in developing and adapting guidelines and tools in planning, implementing, monitoring, training and evaluating influenza surveillance and control programmes. The work will be carried out with WHO Collaborating Centres, National Influenza Centres, and relevant WHO teams in HQ, Regional and Country Offices.4.Take a One Health approach to assess, design, plan and implement plans, policies and strategies that support Member States to enhance surveillance and response for the management and control of influenza, zoonotic influenza and other respiratory viruses, including through the use of genomic surveillance. 5.Manage and promote coordination of timely responses to outbreaks, seasonal or pandemic influenza, zoonotic influenza or other respiratory viruses, including building integrated surveillance systems for respiratory diseases, working with various counterparts at regional and country levels, national health officials and other organizations.6.Provide leadership, technical advice and guidance to Member States and other organizations including UN agencies, bilateral developmental agencies, and nongovernmental agencies to ensure the coordination in prevention, preparedness, readiness, response and resilience to seasonal and pandemic influenza viruses, including zoonotic influenza viruses or other respiratory viruses, and support the timely dissemination of essential guidance and information.7.Contribute to the development and implementation of pandemic influenza preparedness plans and activities including building regional vaccine access and production capacity, serving as focal point in WHE WPR for vaccine composition matters, and influenza virus sharing issues.8.Working with internal and external stakeholders identify, develop and implement research activities supportive to the development of influenza vaccine policy, pandemic preparedness planning and strengthening and improving technical capacity in the region.9.Represent the programme area of work at various meetings and support resource mobilization efforts by advocating for pandemic influenza prevention, preparedness, readiness, response and resilience. 10.Contribute to the development of workplans, conduct periodic comprehensive programme reviews, and provide input to donor reports.11.Strengthen and build capacity in the training, assessment and development of pandemic response strategies including through the use of simulation exercises (such as IHR Exercise Crystal), intra- and after action reviews, Joint External Evaluations and state party annual reports12.Coordinate the establishment of systems of support to countries, including the timely monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements in the respective area of work.13.Participate in the incident management structure (IMS) during any disease outbreaks, pandemic or other public health emergency; 14.Perform the duties of WHO Western Pacific Regional Office IHR Duty Officer on a rotational basis, as part of a roster of WHE staff.15.Upon request, provide technical support, backstopping and gap-filling for emergency activities at any level of the Organization or scale of emergency; and16.Perform other related duties, as requested by the supervisor, including provision of support to other areas of work and teams or programme areas within the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, as required.



Essential: An advanced university degree in microbiology, virology, molecular epidemiology, public health or related fields. Desirable: A PhD or equivalent in the above mentioned fields.


Essential: A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience in communicable diseases control, including international experience, of which a minimum of five years professional experience at regional or global levels, including interaction with national authorities. Experience of working in virology laboratories or surveillance units for influenza, zoonotic influenza and/or other respiratory viruses. Desirable: Experience in building influenza capacity for pandemic prevention, preparedness, readiness, response and resilience. Demonstrated experience in addressing virus sharing issues related to Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). Experience of leading projects or programmes focusing on influenza, zoonotic influenza or other respiratory viruses. Experience of working with WHO or other UN agencies.


•Advanced knowledge of outbreaks and influenza surveillance, sound understanding of the principal stakeholders, and familiarity with UN system.•Demonstrated knowledge of pandemic preparedness planning issues in national and international contexts•Broad knowledge of principles, practices, methodology and techniques in public health and epidemiology.•Skills in health situation analysis, policy development, and project management.•Excellent scientific writing, analytical skills and effective writing of technical documents.•Organizational and analytical skills for filtering and managing epidemiological data.•Ability to analyze technical information and synthesize inputs from multiple sources.•Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.•Ability to produce results under pressure and work on multiple activities simultaneously.•Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.•Capacity to work on cross-sectoral projects.•Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

WHO Competencies

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Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable:


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 92,731 (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 3987 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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