Unit Head, Berlin, Germany

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Germany

City: Berlin

Office: WHO Berlin, Germany

Grade: P-6

Closing date: Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Unit Head

( 2203352 )

Grade : P6

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 2 years

Job Posting: May 10, 2022, 2:34:12 PM

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 Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems division (WSE) is responsible to build a system of collaborative intelligence enabling better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics. The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is a new office of WHO, located in Berlin. It works with partners to enable the generation of public health relevant information to provide timely actionable insights and improve decision making to prepare for, avert and respond to public health threats. It also aims to reduce fragmentation and inefficiency by creating an ecosystem that promotes collaboration across multiple professional disciplines,sectors, and initiatives; and empower decision makers, public health professionals, and civil society to make informed public health decisions.


Coordinates and provides senior technical leadership in establishing new approaches, evidence-based policies and strategies, surveillance, and capacity building initiatives for implementation across Regional and Country Office programmes in the respective area of work.

Provides senior level health technical expertise and advice to the Director and Senior Management in the area of genomic surveillance and analytics on the development and establishment of new health strategies and policies for implementation into and/or the monitoring and evaluation of national and global policies.

Ensures effective coordination, management, and accountability of the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficient managing a diverse team of technical experts, financial resources and effective work plan coordination to optimize the programme’s deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.

Ensures the coordination and management of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department’s area of work of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Department deliverables.

Serves as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and the peer community on the development of global genomic surveillance and analytic capabilities

Builds technical partnerships with other UN Agencies, Donors, research institutions and other stakeholders in the development of global genomic surveillance and analytic capabilities to position the technical area of work and implementation into respective policies.

Represent the programme area of work in global for a and capacity building activities.

Coordinates global expert networks to develop genomic surveillance tools, methods, and approaches in a collaborative environment.

Provides senior technical expertise for analytics and bio informatics for genomic surveillance for the detection and response to health emergencies.

Leads the creation and implementation of activities and projects that build capacity for genomic surveillance among Member States, External Partners, and UN Agencies to better detect and respond to health emergencies.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in public health, medicine, biostatistics, genomics, molecular biology, or other degree related to the functions of the position.

Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.


Essential: A minimum of 15 years of professional experience in the genomic surveillance and analytics, including experience providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision makers, managing human and financial resources, as well as experience in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable: Experience of developing and implementing genomic surveillance in collaboration with different stakeholders and partners, including Member States. Experience of implementing and developing genomic surveillance systems at the national level in different contexts.


Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies

Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams and financial resources.

Strong understanding and skills in mobilizing resources.

Ability to engage, build consensus and communicate effectively and diplomatically with Member States, partners and media.

Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in the Health Subject area.

Globally-respected level of technical expertise and knowledge in genomic surveillance and analytic capabilities.

Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of a public health/disease control programmes.

Extensive knowledge of implementing and developing genomic surveillance at global, regional, and national levels.

Skills in the analysis of genomic surveillance data.

Ability to build capacity among key stakeholders for the implementation of genomic surveillance.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Moving forward in a changing environment

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of another WHO Language.


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 103,660 (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 3041 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.


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.

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