Job Title: Public Health Officer
Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/16/ROST30
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: WHO Representative
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assess threats to human life and health, damage to health infrastructure for primary and secondary care, the state of health referral and support systems, including cold chain, laboratory, essential drugs and health information systems, and the vital needs of the affected populations.
- Work collaboratively with national authorities and health partners to coordinate and implement public health response activities as part of the Health Cluster's strategic response; analyze existing coordination mechanisms, designing and recommending improvements.
- Provide analysis of the public health risks, needs and capacities and advise on priority interventions for WHO and partners; challenges and operational course correctors, as applicable.
- Keenly monitor progress towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage; analyze social determinants of health and their impact on the incident management system, including identifying inequities, gaps in the delivery of health services or emergency interventions, recommending appropriate actions and innovative approaches to improve the situation.
- Actively facilitate the implementation of effective, evidence-based policies, public health programmes and interventions through all life cycles, this might include maternal and new born health, health promotion and education, NCDs, the elderly, Social Determinant of Health, Violence and Injury Prevention including Road Safety, Gender and Health Equity and other related areas.
- Secure information from a broad range of health sectors, analyzing such and consolidating health data in trends and trends assessment, with particular attention to surveillance, monitoring and early warning.
- The incumbent will coordinate meetings with all relevant partners and incident management team, producing and circulating minutes, related decisions and tracking the latter, and developing detailed "lessons learnt" reports, recommending improvement to current and future field operations.
- Provide input to communications and information products (Sitreps, health cluster bulletins, outbreak bulletins etc.) as required
- Ensure compliance with IASC principles and the Humanitarian Program Cycle in delivering WHO’s health response.
- Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidates for the World Health Organization (WHO) Public Health Officer job opportunity should hold an Advanced University degree (Master's level or above) in public health and/or Health related fields from an accredited/recognized institute.
- Doctorate degree in Public Health. Post graduate studies or specialized training in emergency response or disaster management in the context of public health.
- Diploma in Tropical Medicine or Diploma in Disaster Management.
- A minimum of seven years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in public health in emergencies response or health sector coordination, with emphasis on managing outbreaks and health emergencies and/ or health consequences of emergencies and crises.
- Prior experience in capacity building, developing and promoting collaborative partnerships.
- Prior work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations is desirable
- Previous experience in capacity building programme planning/development, project management, monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience with resource mobilization in emergency settings
- Broad knowledge of public health programmes with focus on prevention and control of NCDs and their major risk factors, health system, and the Millennium Development goals.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience of operational management of health aspects/consequences of humanitarian crises and outbreaks in field settings.
- Proven skills in capacity building, proposal and report writing, Knowledge of and Experience with needs assessments in emergency settings, strategic information analysis and planning and ability to anticipate new trends in the field of public health and take actions accordingly.
- Managerial skills for the development, implementation and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including the development of programmatic indicators.
- Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset (depending on the country of assignment).
- Producing results
- Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Computer literacy i.e. knowledge of office software applications.
How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store their personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-recruitment website below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.
NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
Deadline: 12th August 2016
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