Friday, February 5, 2016

Junior Professional Officer - WHO Technical officer EDPLN

IMPORTANT: This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom and is addressed exclusively to United Kingdom nationals.
Objective of the WHO Programme / Department:
The Pandemic and Epidemic diseases Department (PED) provides technical support and expertise for the implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) for infectious risks. PED covers influenza and other respiratory diseases, cholera, hepatitis, meningitis, yellow fever, viral haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, RVF and numerous other dangerous pathogens (MERS-COV) as well as related risks such as antimicrobial resistance. The objectives of PED are to 1) make available to others, expert knowledge and guidance based on scientific and public health experience related to the prevention and control of epidemic diseases under IHR: 2) to develop, implement, facilitate or coordinate the mechanisms, interventions and public health research needed by countries and the international community to prevent and respond to public health risks related to epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases; 3) to strengthen, support and promote important public health measures (vaccination, clinical management, and infection control, etc.) that are critical for mitigating the impact of infectious diseases; and 4) to provide programmatic support during outbreaks and other urgent health security emergencies as required in the IHR.
Assignment Summary:
Under the supervision of the Emerging and Epidemic Zoonotic team Leader, the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will work as part of a team of professionals who support the response to emerging diseases that constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the IHR. The incumbent, based in the Department of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (PED), will contribute to the strengthening and expansion of the Emerging and Dangerous Pathogen Laboratory Network (EDPLN). This network is essential for the detection, identification, assessment of emerging dangerous pathogens ( e.g. SARS, MERS-CoV, Ebola) and contributes to the timeliness and effectiveness of the international response against those public health threats.
Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations
Under the supervision of the Emerging and Epidemic Zoonotic team Leader, the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will:
•Support the development of technical documents and Standard Operating Procedures for the network
•Establish a directory of network members with their respective expertise
•Support the expansion of the EDPLN by contacting new partners, linking existing network with regional sub network and formalization of WHO CC process with core members
•Contribute to the organisation of the annual meeting of the EDPLN network
•Facilitate the timely sharing of data and viruses among network members
•Monitor and evaluate deliverables and performance of the EDPLN against Public health objectives.
•Develop communication and advocacy tools to promote EDPLN and its contribution to the implementation of the IHR.
WHO competencies required for the assignment:
•Producing results
•Fostering integration and teamwork
•Communicating in a credible and effective way
•Knowing and managing yourself
Required Skills and Experience
•Minimum: Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) or related subject
•Desirable: Medical doctor with specialization in public health
Work experience:
•Minimum:Two years’experience in public health or related fields
•Desirable: Experience in project management
Skills required for the assignment:
•Minimum: Excellent knowledge of English or French with working knowledge of the other
•Desirable: Good skills in inter-personal communication in different cultural environments
•Excellent writing and editing skills
•ability to undertake international travel

IMPORTANT: This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom and is addressed exclusively to United Kingdom nationals.
More details about the JPO Programme and on how to apply for this vacancy can be found at:

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