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Epidemiologist

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & the International Health Regulations (2005) Department (CPI) include the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities and the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005) involving an all-hazards approach at all three levels of the Organization. The CPI Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.

The Core Capacity Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (CME) Unit is WHO headquarters' main hub for support to national assessments, planning, costing of critical countries capacities. The CME Unit provides essential support to WHO's regional and country offices in their effort to assess, monitor and evaluate status of implementation of the IHR including at the animal human interface. The CME Unit also hosts the strategic partnership portal (SPP) which facilitates the coordination of donors for capacity building and country, the planning and operational readiness teams, which provide support on developing the national action plans and operational readiness for emergencies. These closely support WHO Regional and Country Offices.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
 
The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & the International Health Regulations (2005) Department (CPI) include the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities and the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005) involving an all-hazards approach at all three levels of the Organization. The CPI Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.
 
The Core Capacity Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (CME) Unit is WHO headquarters' main hub for support to national assessments, planning, costing of critical countries capacities. The CME Unit provides essential support to WHO's regional and country offices in their effort to assess, monitor and evaluate status of implementation of the IHR including at the animal human interface. The CME Unit also hosts the strategic partnership portal (SPP) which facilitates the coordination of donors for capacity building and country, the planning and operational readiness teams, which provide support on developing the national action plans and operational readiness for emergencies. These closely support WHO Regional and Country Offices.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:
 
1.Develop strategic and policy guidance, standards for data management and analysis and a comprehensive database of IHR monitoring and evaluation framework comprising data of JEE, annual reporting tool, after action review and exercises and where appropriate link this with existing databases.
 
2.Provide guidance, tools and templates for the analysis of JEEs data and other components of the IHRMEF.
 
3.Analyse JEE reports and generate and publish analytical reports, and profiles of priority actions and provide training and technical support to regions and countries for data analysis, interpretation and use in partnership with relevant institutions, including academia.Develop metrics for tracking annual progress on priority actions, work closely with country planning team and produce interim reports by country, region, and capacity which can be shared on the Strategic Partnership Portal. These reports should inform strategic resource allocation to address priority gaps.
 
4.Conduct analysis of qualitative components of the IHRMEF, after action review and simulation exercises and where possible show the interlinkages with findings of qualitative analysis (annual reporting and joint external evaluation).
 
5.Serve as point-of-contact for issues related to analysis of IHR-related evaluation, including ministries of health, governments, UN agencies, and other stakeholders. Respond as appropriate, to requests for information sharing including development of information products for the WHO website and the Strategic Partnership Portal, as relevant.
 
6.Develop and disseminate country profiles and models of countries, success stories, articles, peer-review and presentations etc.
 
7.Provide support to the development of advocacy materials and carry out advocacy using evidence -based data.
 
8.Promote multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities to facilitate full participation within and outside WHO/WHE/CPI and key partners.
 
9.Perform other related responsibilities requested by Team leader JEE Secretariat or Unit Chief, including replacing and/or backstopping.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
EducationEssential: A first level university degreein statistics, epidemiology, economics or related field with an advanced university degree in medicine or a health related field.Desirable:
ExperienceEssential: At least 7 years' experience in carrying out critical analysis of data for decision-making and in the development and dissemination of information products of which at least three years at the international level.Desirable: Experience in public health project development and implementation at the national and international level. Experience in WHO, the UN System, international organizations.
Skills
- Demonstrated knowledge of the WHO and all aspects of IHR (2005) assessment and implementation.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills with provenability to write in a clear and concise manner.
- Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
- Proven familiarity of the principles and practices of communicable diseasesurveillance, prevention and control, as well as monitoring and evaluation practices.
- Proven analytical and organization skills complemented by capacity to process, analyse and interpret epidemiological surveillance data, usingqualitative and quantitative techniques.
WHO CompetenciesTeamworkRespecting and promoting individual and cultural differencesCommunicationProducing resultsMoving forward in a changing environment
Use of Language SkillsEssential: Expert knowledge of English.Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other WHO language.
REMUNERATIONWHO 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 71,332 (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 4458 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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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: http://www.whed.net/. 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.

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