Health Emergency Officer, Cairo, Egypt

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Egypt

City: Cairo, Egypt

Office: WHO EMRO Cairo

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Health Emergency Officer

( 2004795 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years (subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the position)

Job Posting: Dec 21, 2020, 10:30:26 AM

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 Emergency Operations Unit of the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services and that they are able to cover their basic needs. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners of WHO’s response and the response with partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and close collaboration with logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority in order to optimize the response. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance and in this context develops new standards and shapes the global policy of the response to health emergencies. Finally, EMO engages in, representation to key interagency bodies.


Under the direct supervision of the Team Lead, Emergency Management and Support and in close collaboration with technical units in the Regional Office, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

Provide technical support to WHO Country Offices (WCOs) focusing on level 3 countries; thereby assess, implement, monitor and evaluate rapid response operations in countries affected by emergencies or at risk;
Identify public health priorities in both chronic and acute emergencies settings and monitor the erosion of health services (including aspects of coverage and accessibility) in the countries of concern;
Develop and manage the strategic plan for operational partnerships at country level; review the project proposal including due diligence prior to submission for clearance to ERO and advise on the humanitarian planning exercise at the Country level;
Plan the exit strategy early on and propose adequate hand over plans of the emergency program;
Ensure that the emergency interventions allow for a smooth transition to recover, develop, implement and monitor the recovery interventions;
Ensure streamlined workflow and communications with all actors involved;
Collaborate with priority technical units on specific interventions, promote health specific interventions that are evidence based,

Cooperate with the technical department of readiness and preparedness to improve the capacity to respond to emergencies by the WHO as well as countries;
Liaise with relevant units in the Regional Office and WHO Country Offices to ensure the project proposal implementation meets the set objectives;
Periodically review and evaluate CAPs and Flash appeals to ensure alignment with WHO checklist and relevance to country context;
Design relevant curriculum and implement strategic trainings to ensure learning of best public health practice in the context of emergencies;
12-Contribute to developing guidelines of evidence based best practices reviewing "lessons learned" and other technical guidelines.



Essential: University degree in Medicine, Sciences and Master’s degree in management related filed

Desirable: Postgraduate training in disaster management, epidemiology / or public health


Essential: At least 7 years of experience combined at national and international levels in health disaster management and/or health emergency response operations.

Experience in project management and results-based management

Desirable: Experience in, international institutions or international NGOs.

Experience in analyzing health policies, standards, guidelines and priorities for individual countries.

Skilled in epidemiology is considered an asset.


Ability to develop and implement comprehensive strategies of WHO to support countries affected by emergencies as well as to support the WCO in their effort to strengthen the health system at country level;
Tags basic needs disaster management emergency management global health health emergencies health services humanitarian response logistics project management results based management trainings

Excellent skills in writing operational guidelines;
Good knowledge of project cycle management and results based monitoring tools to guarantee successful implementation of humanitarian responses within the UN humanitarian context;
Good knowledge of the global health mandate and mastering of the technical tools;Sound knowledge of field health operations and their implementation in emergency response situations in a public health context; Excellent analytical and organizational skills;Excellent communications skills, written and oral;Ability to work under pressure

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Ensuring the effective use of resources

Producing results

Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: English expert level required

Desirable: Arabic intermediate knowledge


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 73,516 (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 1862 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.


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A written test may be used as a form of screening.

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