Back National Professional Officer (Public Health) - (1901120)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 18 March 2019

Grade: NO-A

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: Multiple contractual modalities, Fixed Term for 1 year and Temporary for 6 months, any renewal is subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post


Job Posting

: Mar 3, 2019, 12:47:32 PM

Closing Date

: Mar 18, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Multiple locations


: EM_SOM WHO Representative's Office, Somalia


: Full-time

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


The incumbent will perform some or all of thefollowing duties: 1.Coordinates data collection and datamanagement activities, achieving results such as:-->Collection and compilationof data on various target populations, including analysis and interpretation ofdata to better understand epidemic risks as well as emerging health threats . -->Management ofinformation systems and timely dissemination of WHO updated information (e.g.reports and website) on a regular and prompt basis.-->Design andmaintain databases of indicators relating to public health activities in WHO. -->Keep up todate on the latest information on newly emerging epidemic-prone diseases,public health threats and other significant issues. -->Establishmentof baseline data on geographical distribution of health facilities, functions,type of services and manpower and periodic database update.2.Implements programme activities in thecommunity in coordination and collaboration with the MoH, achievingresults such as:-->Close follow up with the Ministry of health and other partners onthe proper and timely implementation of the programme activities, including theadministrative procedures.--> Visitingthe communities and sites where target population are residing and reporting onthe findings. --> Attending field healthcoordination meetings. --> Preparation of regularsit-reps on health condition of target populations.3.Takes initiative during emergencies toensure fast action, achieving results such as:--> Providetechnical assistance in preparedness, response and recovery to emergencies and otherpublic health crisis with focus on vulnerablepopulations. --> Providefacilitation to the team in the implementation of the activities planned forCrisis and public health response to health threats.



Essential: First level university degree in medicine, public health and/or health-relatedfields from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Advanced (Master) degree in public health.


Essential: At least one year ofrelevant experience at the national level in public health in emergencies responseor health sector coordination.
Desirable: -->Relevantwork experience in WHO, other UN agencies, health cluster partners, recognizedhumanitarian organizations or relevant nongovernmental or humanitarianorganizations.


Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or experience in UNOrganizations, international institutions or NGOs is considered an asset.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Somali and/or Arabic.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 28,239 (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.

This vacancy is archived.

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