OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The IHM of WHE SEARO unit is responsible for establishing risk mitigation strategies and strengthening response capacities for highthreat infectious hazards.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Under the direct supervision of PAM IHM and overall guidance of LRE and the RED, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities:1. Provide overall technical expertise and coordinate risk mitigation activities for infectious hazards including epidemic/pandemic prone diseases with the focus on clinical management, diagnosis, bio-safety, IPC, clinical research related to these diseasesincluding multicenter therapeutic trials, medical countermeasures(Therapeutics) , application of compassionate use of therapeutics , MEURI protocols and associated regulatory aspects.2. Provide overall technical expertise in the area of clinical management for infectious hazards including epidemic/pandemic prone diseases including disease characterization, severity assessments, development of clinical protocols and setting relevant research agenda, promoting innovation and adoption of new technologies, tools, solutions related to case management and IPC.3. Provide technical advice to Member States on all issues related to case management, critically review, analyze and useevidence based data for setting up or adapting case management tools, interventions and approaches in SEARO and MS .4. Support WHE and MS in their efforts to develop systems and procedures for emergency preparedness for clinical managementoperations for health emergencies, support emergency response teams/EMTs in instituting appropriate case management/IPC measures including triage at healthcare facilities, provide clinical management/ IPC training to the healthcare workers, hospital management and auxiliaries.5. Collaborate and work closely with sub-units within WHE/SEARO and other departments and WCOs in cross cutting areas.6. Ensure regular contribution of WHO to existing expert’s networks of clinicians, scientist, related professional societies, regulatory authorities, partner agencies and academic institutions on respective technical areas of expertise pertinent to emergency response (clinical management ,clinical diagnosis, regulatory aspects , IPC, clinical research )and support coordination of the appropriate regional and national expert networks related to Clinical management , IPC and research 7. Liaise and coordinate with WHO HQ units responsible for clinical management , IPC, R&D , medical countermeasures includingtherapeutics, Clinical management focal points at other ROs , participate in Technical working groups, steering committees, guidelines development groups, other relevant technical meetings and clinical partners.8. Assist RED, LRE and IHM to develop strategic partnerships with the various counterparts and international partners to implement appropriate interventions, including strategic and tactical planning , project planning, facilitation, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation , documentation and development of technical and web reports and manuscripts for peer reviewed scientific articles relevant to expertise areas mentioned in this ToR. 9. Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping duties as assigned.10. Submit an end of assignment report (mandatory).
Essential: A university degree in Medicine from recognized university and a Post graduate degree in Community Medicine (Public Health Medicine) or General Medicine from a recognized university
Desirable: A degree or advanced training in infectious diseases or intensive care or emergency medicine or any other specialty pertaining to clinical management operations in health emergencies
Essential: At least seven (7) years of experience, including some years of demonstrated international exposures (preferably at health emergency settings) in public health management/clinical operations of infectious/communicable diseases.
Desirable: Experience of working with the UN and in a developing country is an advantage
Theoretical and practical knowledge of medical management of infectious diseases, infection control and networking with clinicians. Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks. Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings. Capacity towork on cross-sectoral projects. Proven ability to review, analyse, and use data to write technical papers on complex issues . Strong analytical skills. Extensive knowledge and skills in applied public health, particularly in the field of infectious diseases
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
USE OF LANGUAGE SKILLS
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
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 77,326 (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 2507 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.
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