WHE Team Lead

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months

Job Posting: Apr 22, 2021, 3:44:18 PM

Closing Date: May 9, 2021, 11:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Azerbaijan-Baku

Organization: EU_AZE WHO Country Office, Azerbaijan

Schedule: Full-time

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


Within the context of the WHO Country Office and health emergencies the incumbent will facilitate the planning, management, adaptation and implementation of strategies and work plans for the emergency operations, in close coordination with the Regional Office. The incumbent will act as the overall WHO emergency response focal point at country level and in this role support the Ministry of Health and other national authorities, WHO and Partners to strengthen preparedness and response capacities through a multi-hazard, multisectoral approach which is aligned to international frameworks including IHR, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) guidance and protocols. The incumbent will be deployed to emergency operations when required.During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.Summary of Assigned Duties:1. Manage WHO's emergency response program at national or subnational level.2. Provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Health (MoH) on the establishment/strengthening of an Emergency Management System /Emergency Operation Centre (IMS/EOC) for multi-sectoral emergency management that includes staffing, defined roles/responsibilities and resources for key functional areas.3. Support national and local health authorities, partner with UN agencies, international, governmental and nongovernmental organizations/institutions, to:--> Assess and map existing and emerging health risks in the country and prepare a national risk profile based on a risk assessment.--> Assess health needs of affected populations in cooperation with technical units at RO and HQ level.--> Assess national capacities for emergency management, including preparedness, and support the development of a national Health Emergency Response Plan.--> Review the National Health Plan/National Health Emergency Response Plan as needed (when these already exist), take additional action, including the development of contingency plans for specific high priority risks.-->Mobilize and coordinate resources, oversee the operational and strategic planning of the health response plans, identify resource needs and funding gaps; encourage donors to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations.4. Coordinate the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies, operational and HR plans for the WHO's emergency information management, Country preparedness and International Health Regulations (2005), risk assessments and Infectious hazard management related activities.5. In cooperation with other levels of the response, validate the related information, communications, advocacy products and statements before release to internal and external partners as well as to the public.6. Collaborate with other agencies and I/NGOs, including through the Health Cluster approach, and directly as operational implementing partners.7. Co-develop a detailed task-based work plan and budget for implementation of priority activities identified in the National Health Emergency Response Plan. Ensure the country has accessible contingency funds for immediate response to emergencies, including, outbreaks at national and other appropriate sites.8. Identify WHO response team staffing needs, coordinate the mobilization of the required human resources. Provide guidance, and performance management of staff and experts, take concrete measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all WHO responders.9. Represent WHO to counterparts in external stakeholders, including donors and partners, with respect to the country operations.10. Monitor WHO's health response and operational readiness activities, and adjust if new needs arise and/or the situation changes requiring a revision of the operational plan.11. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in health-related field, management, emergency, humanitarian, disaster management or related field from an accredited/recognized institute. Desirable: Specialized training in emergency and outbreak management; specific training in humanitarian response. Medical degree.


Essential: At least seven years of related experience in emergency management and operations, with proven experience in emergency response and outbreak response. Substantial experience at both national and international levels in managing humanitarian program cycles, capacity-building and multisectoral coordination. Substantial experience in efficient human and financial resource management, as well as managing and coordinating field-based projects. Desirable: Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/health emergency management and related strategy development with WHO and/or UN agencies, health cluster partners; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.


--> Demonstrated knowledge of the rapid response operations and their implementation in emergencies as related to public health, complemented by demonstrated ability to identify and manage difficult situations, to lead and direct multidisciplinary and multinational staff.

--> Excellent skills in the assessment, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of emergency situations, with the ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation.

-->Authoritative and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles, methods and techniques in international emergency incident management system.

-->Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  • Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Official WHO lang.


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 74,913 (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 1885 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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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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