Public Health Emergency, Accra, Ghana

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Ghana

City: Accra, Ghana

Office: WHO Accra, Ghana

Grade: NO-B

Closing date: Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Public Health Emergency


( 2003734 )

Grade : No grade

Contractual Arrangement : Special Services Agreement (SSA)

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 Months

Job Posting: Sep 15, 2020, 10:02:32 AM


Following the report of an outbreak of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) in China in December 2019, there has been rapid spread resulting in WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. As at 17 June 2010 over 8 million cases have been reported across the world. Consequently, all countries are actively responding to the pandemic to ensure early detection, containment and appropriate response to limit catastrophic consequences. More than ever, support from the WHO Country Office (WCO) in Ghana and partners is needed to assist the Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service (MOH/GHS) to strengthen capacity in-country to early detect, contain and respond to the confirmation of a case of COVID-19. WHO technical support is needed in multiple areas including surveillance and data management necessitating the need for additional staff.

To be able to cope with this demand, Ghana WCO is seeking to recruit hands-on public health staff on a short-term basis to boost the support of the WHO public health emergency team to strengthen the country’s capacity in preparedness, response and control activities. The recruited staff will be attached to the Public Health Emergency team in the WHO country office for Ghana.

Scope of work

Provide hands-on technical support in surveillance, data management and response activities COVID-19 including contact listing and tracing;
Support COVID-19 capacity building and simulation exercises for surveillance, laboratory, early diagnosis, case management, infection prevention and control;
Provide relevant technical input for effective risk communication, public information and education.

Support country efforts in CPVID-19 preparedness and response, working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, various national stakeholders and other partners;
Support monitoring, evaluation and reporting of COVID-19 preparedness and response activities

Tags data management disease surveillance public information risk communication

Carry out any other activities as assigned by the WHO Country Representative

Grade: NOB

Duty Station: Accra


The position requires an epidemiologist/clinician with the following criteria.

Hold a degree in medicine or relevant health field obtained from a recognized University with at least Master’s Degree in public health / community health / epidemiology


Have at least 3 to 5 years‘ experience in the field of public health, disease surveillance, epidemiology and case management in Ghana;
Have a track record of working successfully in similar position as outlined in the scope of work

Have skills in basic data management and analytical software programmes


Moving forward in a changing environment

Producing results

Fostering integration and team work

Duration of Assignment

The estimated duration of the temporary recruitment is at least 6 months with the possibility of extension depending on the evolution of the outbreak and the availability of funds.