National Professional Officer (Health Emergencies) – WHO


Job Description

Organization:World Health Organization
Job Title:National Professional Officer (Health Emergencies) – (2005341)
Contractual Arrangement:Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days):6 months (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)
salary starting atUSD 73,778
Job Posting:24/12/2020 4:01:38 PM
Closing Date:09/01/2021 1:59:00 AM
Primary Location:Sudan-Khartoum
Organization:EM_SUD WHO Representative’s Office, Sudan

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


During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme. Depending on the level and complexity of the incident, the incumbent might be performing all or some of the following duties:

–> Lead the team, guide, direct and oversee implementation of the response plan. Ensure that the best knowledge, scientific evidence and information related to the public health risks and impacts of the event is available to the team to set standards and norms, develop and disseminate technical guidance and validate training, resource mobilization and communication materials.

–> In coordination with the Incident Manager, oversee the coverage of all health operations in support to the MOH, coordinate partners and WHO implementation of the most effective prevention, control and response measures. Communicable diseases

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

2. Coordinate 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. Establish, strengthen or operationalize rapid response teams responsible for the rapid investigation of alerts, field risk assessments and early response.

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

5. Lead the design and implementation of a variety of community outreach activities empowering communities to actively participate in the prevention, reporting and treatment of communicable diseases.

6. Ensure that the communication messages are technically sound and socioculturally appropriate to induce, engage and empower stakeholders in the prevention, mitigation and control of risks. Oversee that scientific and technical advice is transformed into usable formats and languages. Deliver messages using the most effective and far-reaching means, in order to cover the greatest numbers of targeted stakeholders. Health service delivery Advise the national authorities and partners on 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.

1. Oversee that health facilities provide quality preventive and curative health care to the affected population and continue to deliver routine essential health service in addition to responding to the cause of the crisis.

2. Provide technical expertise to the local authorities and other partners in capacity-building and training of local staff on best preventive, diagnostic, control and curative knowledge, practices and standards. Prevention and control measures.

3. Identify and develop clear recommendations and guidance on most relevant actions 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.

4. Coordinate the implementation of prevention and control mechanisms such as 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 research.

5. Identify gaps in knowledge on the 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. Advise on key research, knowledge and product development to address these gaps.

6. Bolster collaboration and knowledge sharing between different internal and external partners; ensure concerted flow of communication at all levels of the organization.

7. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in medicine, public health, epidemiology, health systems/services administration or management or related field.


Essential: A minimum of 7 years’ related experience, at the national and international level, managing health operations, with proven experience in managing outbreaks and health emergencies. Related experience in managing human and financial resource.
Desirable: Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency management and related development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO or UN agencies or health cluster partners or recognized humanitarian organizations; experience working in relevant nongovernmental organizations.


  • Demonstrated 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
  • Driving the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 73,778 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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