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Grade: P3

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year ( further extensions subject to performance and availability of funds)

Job Posting

: Feb 9, 2024, 10:40:22 AM

Closing Date

: Mar 6, 2024, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Multiple locations

Organization

: EU/CDE Communicable Diseases, Environment and Health

Schedule

: Full-time

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Purpose of the Post:

The incumbent will manage WHO’s access to, and analysis of, country-specific data. He/she will collaborate with relevant authorities to enhance the analysis and provision of data-driven evidence to facilitate public-health policy advice and decision making. The incumbent will enhance national capacity in overall disease prevention and control by collaborating on the development and implementation of national, public health programmes and strategies on surveillance and response which may include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This may also serve to strengthen early detection, verification and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of national or international concern.

Objectives of the Programme and of the Division:

The Division of Communicable Diseases, Environment and Health (CDE) assists country efforts to reduce the burden of communicable diseases and addresses the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and promotes policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health promotion measures, behavioural insights; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; containing and controlling antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks and supporting violence and injury prevention. A determination to ensure universal access to people-centred quality health services across the continuum of care is matched by enriching the evidence base for policy design and interventions using social, cultural and behavioural approaches, to drive implementation of innovation at national, regional and local levels”.

 The WHO country office works with the National Authorities to achieve the highest standard of health as a fundamental human right, based on equity and on SDGs principle of leaving no one behind. WHO actions are engrained in the WHO 13th General Programme of Work with its 3 prong objectives of promoting healthier populations, keeping the world safe through addressing health emergencies, and protecting the vulnerable through Universal Health Coverage. WHO’s mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing Global Health leadership; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends. The WHO Country Office is an integral part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Its main role is to facilitate and coordinate all WHO activities at country level and to implement the European Programme of Work 2020–2025 –“United Action for Better Health in Europe” which sets out a vision of how the WHO Regional Office for Europe can better support countries in meeting citizens’ expectations about health.

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WHO at country level delivers this through practical, actionable, and country focused solutions to health challenges, keeping in perspective that achieving health and well-being is a whole-of-society endeavour; This is done through facilitating the implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement with the country and its corresponding workplan. The WHO Country Office maintains good working relations and ensures information exchange between the country and WHO, policy and strategic guidance on Health issues to all national and international partners in the country, provision of direct technical expertise when needed and aims at more community engagement and participation, and to promote health equity.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

The incumbent will manage WHO’s access to, and analysis of, country-specific data. He/she will collaborate with relevant authorities to enhance the analysis and provision of data-driven evidence to facilitate public-health policy advice and decision making. The incumbent will enhance national capacity in overall disease prevention and control by collaborating on the development and implementation of national, public health programmes and strategies on surveillance and response which may include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This may also serve to strengthen early detection, verification and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of national or international concern.

Key duties:

The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office:

– Work in coordination with all technical focal points at regional and headquarters levels, under the guidance of the head of the WHO country office.

– Provide advice to national public health authorities and manage the epidemiological work of the country office that underpins policy formulation. Support to relevant teams on building core capacities for surveillance, early detection, verification and rapid response to epidemics and other public health events of international concern, as required in the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005.

– Ensure that the WHO Country Office has access to all relevant existing country-specific health-related data. This includes national and subnational datasets, such as demographics of populations affected by specific diseases (relevant age, gender, etc.) and time trends. Analyze such data sets to provide additional insights on the country’s health context and epidemiological situation.

– Serve as focal person for all internal and external requests related to country-specific data. As needed, ensure government agreement for the use and dissemination of such data.

– Assist the government and relevant institutions on the enhancement of national capacities in epidemic and disease-trends’ forecasting and detection systems, including epidemiology and laboratory surveillance for monitoring and evaluating the core surveillance and real-time analysis of outbreak intelligence data.

– Coordinate the development of training courses for public health professionals on epidemiological surveillance, outbreak investigation, and/or the improvement of related data management.

– Manage the WHO Office’s support to the government in conducting field investigations of public health events. when required by the specific country or health situation.

– Collaborate with Health Emergency teams to promote WHO’s position and successfully influence national health authorities to develop infection prevention and control programmes in health care facilities, including (where and when required) focusing on preparedness and response to epidemics and pandemics.

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– Participate, as needed, in risk assessments for unusual health events.

– Collaborate with relevant authorities on the development and maintenance of a national system for comprehensive data collection and trend analysis of public health events.

– Manage the analysis, interpretation, and knowledge building of surveillance data (including virological data) through WHO and peer-reviewed publications and media.

– Encourage collaboration and develop advocacy initiatives and project proposals for joint action and resource mobilization to augment national, operational responses to public health events.

– Act as the main liaison between government and WHO (all levels) on country-specific data gathering and dissemination of WHO-generated data and data analysis.

Competencies:

1) Teamwork

2) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3) Communication

4) Producing Results

5) Ensuring effective use of resources

WHO global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf?ua=1

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated knowledge and professional skills in the development and implementation of public health surveillance systems.

Seasoned expertise in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological and event-based surveillance data.

Strong ability to process, analyze and interpret epidemiological and event-based surveillance data.

Expertise in providing technical support/guidance for a rapid, public-health response to public-health events.

Experience in data analysis and interpretation related to epidemics/pandemics.

Knowledge of the communicable and non-communicable disease profile of the country.

Demonstrated training skills (developing and conducting training).

Ability to lead and coordinate multidisciplinary teams, projects, and programmes.

Demonstrated skills to develop public-health guidelines.

Proficiency in specialized surveillance/data-management software, computers and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Cloud Management Enterprise System such as Workday.

Ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as helping others to do the same.

Educational Qualifications:

Essential: A university degree in epidemiology, public health, medical or other studies in a field directly related to the position. Post-graduate training in epidemiology (EPIET) or similar programme

Experience:

Essential: A minimum of five years of work experience relevant to the position (in epidemiology including developing and/or implementing programmes, policies, and guidelines as well as monitoring and evaluation of diseases and public health issues), with some of it obtained in an international context.

 Desirable: Experience in public-health responses in complex emergency and humanitarian crisis situations. Relevant experience in a developing country context is desirable. Experience in WHO or within the UN system with an understanding of its mandate, goals, and procedures.

REMUNERATION

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 64,121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), in addition to variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

– This selection may be subject to special selection procedures.
– Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
– A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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: http://www.whed.net/
– Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
– According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
– Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.- Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
– The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
– The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of underrepresented Member States ( https://www.who.int/careers/diversity-equity-and-inclusion ) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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-Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to reasonableaccommodation@who.int An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
– WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
– Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with WHO and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
– WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line. For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible

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