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Health Expertise and Operations Officer at World Health Organization (WHO)

Health Expertise and Operations Officer is needed at World Health Organization (WHO), April 18 2022



Organization: World health Organization
Position: Health Expertise and Operations Officer

Job Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Contract

Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Salary: USD 75,602

Application Deadline: May, 19/2022 




Job description



The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


Depending on the level and complexity of the incident, the incumbent might be performing all or some of the following duties:

  • Manage the team, guide, and ensure implementation of the response plan. Set standards and norms, develop and disseminate technical guidance and validate training, resource mobilization and communication materials.
  • Under the guidance of the Incident Manager, manage the coverage of all health operations in support to the MOH, work with partners and facilitate the implementation of WHO’s most effective prevention, control and response measures.

Communicable diseases:

1. Ensure the planning and implementation of communicable diseases programs addressing the risk of outbreak and/or health emergency, co-develop action plans for interventions in high-risk groups and recommend measures for special attention.

2. Monitor the early prevention, detection, verification, assessment and investigation of any risks of outbreaks and the dissemination of data related to the occurrence of outbreaks

3. Manage the rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early response.

4. Support the information systems on communicable diseases and the monitoring of progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) facilitating integration with the national health information systems.

5. Conduct periodic reporting and treatment of communicable diseases activities.

6. Ensure that the messages are technically sound and socio-culturally appropriate to induce, engage and empower stakeholders in the prevention, mitigation and control of risks in health service delivery

1. Support national authorities and partners in equipping the health facilities with the necessary infrastructure, equipment, drugs, public health laboratories and blood safety, and medical supplies to address the existing and foreseen risks and to prevent the dissemination of infectious diseases within the facilities.

2. Monitor that health facilities provide quality preventive and curative health care to the affected population and continue to deliver routine essential health services in addition to responding to the cause of the crisis. Make appropriate recommendations where necessary.

3. Support capacity-building and training of local staff on best preventive, diagnostic, control and curative knowledge, practices and standards.

Prevention and control measures

1. Make recommendations and give guidance on relevant courses of action to be taken in affected as well as non-affected areas/countries in order to prevent and/or control cause of excess morbidity and mortality.

2. Provide technical assistance on vaccination, enhanced surveillance, vector control, infection control (including personal protection), enhanced sanitation and hygiene, increased provision of water and/or nutrients, prepositioning of drugs and medical supplies, etc.Sciences and research2.Conduct research in etiology, physiopathology, transmission, reliable and rapid diagnostic, effective prevention and treatment of any of the causes of excess morbidity and mortality of the affected population and recommend remedial actions.

Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in medicine, public health, epidemiology, tropical medicine, health systems/services administration or related field. First university degree in medicine or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable: Specialized training in emergency management; specific training in humanitarian response


Essential: At least seven years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in health operations, with proven experience in managing outbreaks and health emergencies. Related experience in managing human and financial resources.


  • Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency management.
  • Related experience in the development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO and/or UN agencies.
  • Experience working in relevant nongovernmental, health cluster partners or humanitarian organizations.


  • Demonstrated skills in and knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations.
  • Proven skills to manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques of public health, communicable diseases and health service delivery.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


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 3459 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.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.


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