National Professional Officer 

National Professional Officer - (1802025)  

Grade: NO-B

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: 2 years (Subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)

Job Posting

: May 9, 2018, 1:00:55 PM

Closing Date

: May 23, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location

: Egypt-Cairo


: EM_EGY WHO Representative's Office, Egypt


: Full-time  

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The Infectious Hazard Management programme is responsible for providing technical and strategic support to the Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt for-

(i) building health system capacity for detection, verification and containment of infectious disease outbreaks or any other public health events of international concern including avian and pandemic influenza as well as other emerging public health threats;

(ii) strengthening epidemiological and laboratory surveillance for epidemic and pandemic prone communicable diseases;

(iii) improving public health preparedness for any emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases with epidemic and pandemic potentials;

Overall, the programme works closely with the IHM/EMRO to ensure availability of technical support and strategic guidance for detection, verification, risk assessment, communication and adequate real-time response to public health emergencies in Egypt that might constitute a potential public health concern in the country.


1. Monitor proper implementation of the biennial work plan for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Partnership Contribution Funds.

2. Establish/strengthen sentinel sites for Sever Acute Respiratory illness surveillance.

3. Collaborate with the Ministry of health and Population in assessing the feasibility and needs for influenza sample collection, shipment and transfer of samples for laboratory testing to a reference influenza laboratory in the Region.

4. Prepare standard procedures for data collection, analysis and reporting,

5. Collaborate with the National Influenza Center to improve their capacity to collect, analyze, and report routine influenza surveillance data according to regional surveillance standards, through training and technical advice

6. Establish influenza surveillance and laboratory networks to support evidence-based public health risk assessment and response strategies.

7. Measure and assess disease burden related to influenza and other acute respiratory diseasesusing routinely collected surveillance data or from any other appropriate sources of information in order to better understand influenza epidemiology.

8. Participate in the development of project proposals and mobilization of sustainable resources for the effective operations of the related projects/programmes.

9. Organize technical meetings/workshops with national health counterparts for strengthening infection prevention and control programme in health-care settings for acute respiratory diseases of epidemic and pandemic potentials.



Essential: University degree in Medicine.
Desirable: Master's degree in Public Health.


Essential: At least 2 years of relevant experience, at the national level, in communicable disease control programs especially in epidemiology and surveillance of communicable diseases.
Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system or an international organization.


1. Theoretical and practical knowledge of public health, communicable disease control, analysing data, concise reporting, and surveillance of communicable diseases.

2. Proven skills for the development, implementation and analysis of surveillance projects and activities, including budget programming and control.

3. Ability to write reports, oral presentations and technical and advocacy documents.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

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


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at EGP 466,970 (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.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • 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.


NPO (Non-Communicable Diseases & Health Promotion)