World Health Organization
Programme Area Manager
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Nov 29 2021


About the Organization

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution states its main objective as "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health".

Job Description/ Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Emergency Director (RED) and within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent shall support SEAR Member States through:

  • Lead and direct all aspects of EMO work in emergency operations, in close collaboration with Country Offices, through an organization-wide network for the development, implementation and oversight of policies, strategies, programmes of work, and annual work plans in emergency operations and their implementation and monitoring of results;

  • Lead the formulation, revision and updating of all technical aspects of guidelines for emergency response including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and their application across all levels of the department and WHO as appropriate;

  • Ensure effective operational and technical support to member states in emergency operations in response to epidemic events, outbreaks and other public health emergencies with focus on confirming and grading decisions on emergencies in line with the WHO protocols and guidelines, in full coordination with IASC and a broad range of key partners and stakeholders through inter-agency and inter-cluster collaboration based on a culture of collaborative multi-disciplinary cross-cutting approaches;

  • Optimize the use of effective incident management, in line with IHR to further operational support for WHO response to epidemic events, outbreaks and other public health emergencies;

  • Provide strategic advice and expertise on Emergency Operations to the SEAR member states on relations and partnerships with the UN and its Agencies, Member States, NGOs and other key partners and stakeholders toward enabling and promoting collaborative working agreements and collaborative arrangements to establish a common understanding of health priorities in ongoing emergencies and to ensure the provision of comprehensive technical support;

  • Coordinate technical expertise from all areas in WHE, as well as other departments and programmes across the three levels of WHO as appropriate to strengthen the implementation of all-hazards emergencies work through the provision of existing networks of experts and technical expertise mechanisms;

  • Provide effective leadership, motivation, guidance, management and performance evaluation of EMO staff including proactively promoting effective team work and achievement of results and resolving problems, within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, and WHE accepted procedures; and managing EMO regional budget within the framework of WHO Staff and Financial Rules and Regulations; and

  • Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including deployment for emergency operations and backstopping for others within WHE as required.

Education Qualification/ Required Skills and Experience

  • Essential: An advanced degree in medicine or nursing complemented by specialized training in public health or related field.


  • Specialization in epidemiology, emergency and/or humanitarian response;

  • Training or studies in leadership or management.



  • At least 10 years of proven experience, including considerable experience obtained in an international context, in public health in the field of emergency operations in response to epidemic events, outbreaks and other public health emergencies combined with leadership and managerial experience, with at least five years' experience in coordinating large scale public health projects in developing countries.

  • Knowledge of inter-agency mechanisms in the area of international preparedness for and response to health emergencies.


  • Experience in WHO and/or the UN System in the areas of outbreak response and/or humanitarian interventions;

  • Field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.


  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills in international and multi-cultural settings combined with proven ability to successfully coordinate, manage and lead projects, and build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies.

  • Sound strategic and tactical thinking with ability to formulate clear comprehensive policies, strategies and plans.

  • Superior organizational skills with ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.

  • Excellent interpersonal with proven ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, with tact, diplomacyand courtesy.

  • Authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in international emergency risk management and humanitarian response, with abroad-based understanding of its growing complexity including knowledge of the workings of relevant international policy-setting bodies.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

How to apply

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