Deadline: 29 April 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Technical Officer in Manila, Philippines. The duration of this post is 2 years.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Technical Officer will perform the following functions:
- Carry out all aspects of early detection, verification and assessment of acute public health events, including the use of multiple sources of information, to inform decision-making.
- Conduct real time analysis of regional indicator-based and event-based surveillance data to facilitate timely information sharing among Member States for better preparedness and response for multiple hazards.
- Support regional production and dissemination of information products and reports including weekly bulletins, situation reports, and outbreak investigation reports, among others.
- Maintain and analyze stored surveillance data such as health indicators, risk factors and disease surveillance information handled by WHE of the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO).
- Support Field Epidemiology Training (FET)/Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP) in the Region; and guide the work of fellows of the WPRO Field Epidemiology Fellowship Programme (FEFP).
- Provide technical support in the field during acute public health events.
- Develop appropriate training plans for building the core surveillance, alert and response national capacities in accordance with APSED III and the requirements for IHR (2005); supervise the work of fellows of the WPRO FEFP.
Applicant must have
- University Degree in medicine, public health, epidemiology or related field that includes a substantial quantitative methods competence from a recognized institution.
- Postgraduate Degree or training in epidemiology, public health or related discipline from a recognized University and specialized training in FETP or equivalent is highly desirable.
- Minimum 5 year’s relevant work experience including international exposure in communicable disease epidemiology, public health, and/or emergency response including at least 2 year’s working in disease outbreak investigation or emergency response field programmes.
- Relevant work experience in event-based surveillance, risk assessment and/or emergency management and WHO, other UN agencies, or in an international (multilateral) organization.
- Field experience in epidemiology, surveillance and/or control of outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases or other acute public health events.
- Experience in supervision, and providing education and training of surveillance fellows/trainees in an international organization.
- Knowledge of WHO processes of verification, alert and response operations.
- Good knowledge of surveillance, epidemiology, risk assessment, emergency response and disease control with particular attention to application of an all-hazard approach in the context of IHR (2005).
- Ability to analyse epidemiological data and detect trends, unusual occurrences, outbreaks and other possible adverse public health events.
- Sound knowledge and skills in database management, with the ability to develop and plan innovative and appropriate solutions for information management.
- Ability to conduct and participate in epidemiological investigations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of surveillance issues and emerging diseases in the international context.
- Good communication skills both written and oral, and ability to write in a clear, concise and effective manner for different audiences.
- Excellent organizational and programme management skills.
- Ability to multitask and produce results under pressure within short deadlines.
- Ability to deal diplomatically with national counterparts.
- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
- Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.