Technical Officer (GOARN)

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  • Post Date : February 2, 2024
  • Apply Before : February 17, 2024
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  • Job ID 95252
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description

Position: Technical Officer (GOARN)  (2400207)  
Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): One Year

Job Posting : Feb 2, 2024, 4:36:07 PM
Closing Date : Feb 17, 2024, 4:44:00 AM
Primary Location : India-New Delhi
Organization : SE/WHE WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Schedule : Full-time  

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The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) 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. WHE brings together and enhances WHO’s operational, technical and normative capacities in outbreaks, emergencies and risk analysis to address all health hazards across the risk management cycle. WHE operates within the humanitarian and emergency management architecture in support of people at risk of, or affected by outbreaks and emergencies, consistent with ways that strengthen local, national, regional and global capabilities. Within WHE, Emergency Operations is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and response planning with partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards and strong logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority, particularly the development and operations of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). WHE supports global frameworks including inter alia, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to health, emergencies and disasters; the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005); the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) framework. WHE supports the regional strategy Asia-Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies (APSED), to advance IHR core capacities for Health Security as well as regional strategies for disaster risk reductions and management.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Area Manager, Emergency Operations (EMO) and overall guidance of the Lead (Regional Emergencies) and Regional Emergency Director (RED), and within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned the following responsibilities and shall support SEAR Member States through:

  • Provide senior-level technical expertise and advice on all aspects of the development and operations ofGOARN, including regional strategy development, annual work plans development, management of activities, and monitoring and evaluation of results and assist in resource mobilization for the regional development and operations of Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).
  • Organize regional and support inter-regional meetings of GOARN to review regional infectious disease risk,particularly emerging diseases, and response capacities and capabilities and to document and analy seresponse operations;
  • Provide technical support to activities to strengthen coordination of technical networks and disciplines,(including laboratory support) in alert and risk assessment, and foster collaboration between GOARN, GlobalHealth Cluster, Emergency Medical Teams initiative and other global and regional operational partnerships, to support the development and coordination of regional rapid response capacity, and response research;
  • Support day-to-day outbreak alert and response operations, including incident management system in major outbreaks/health emergencies, and ensure the integration of GOARN in regional and country offices readiness and response activities, and that GOARN partners provide high-level support to countries in theRegion;
  • Provide advice on planning and implementation of training activities, and other capacity-building including simulations and exercises, to strengthen regional coordination to support alert and response capacities of countries in SEARO and worldwide;
  • Participate in acute outbreak investigations and emergency response to provide assistance to memberStates and country offices as needed/requested and assist and coordinate partners in country operations;
  • Provide regular updates and reports to senior management on key developments, contribute to the development and review of information products, including senior management briefings, technical reportsand other documentation and communication materials related to the above work;
  • Support and further the Operational Research agenda in the region collaborating with relevant units and partners.
  • Actively support and participate in regional operational partnerships programme and activities and
  • Perform other related duties, as requested, including provision of support to other areas of work and teams or programme areas within the WHE, including replacing and backstopping colleagues as required.11. Submit end of assignment report (mandatory).



    Essential: • First university degree in public health and/or allied sciences from an accredited/recognized institute• Advanced university degree (at least Master’s level) in public health and/or epidemiology from anaccredited/recognized institution.
    Desirable: • First university degree in public health and/or allied sciences from an accredited/recognized institute• Advanced university degree (at least Master’s level) in public health and/or epidemiology from anaccredited/recognized institution.


    Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience in public health in the field of infectious diseases, outbreaks and other public health emergencies, with at least five years’ of international experience/exposure in coordinating large scale public health projects in developing countries, with knowledge of inter-agency mechanisms in the area of international preparedness for and response to health emergencies.
    Desirable: At least five years’ experience in working with WHO and/or other UN Agencies and international NGOs.


    Knowledge of the specific and/or technical area of public health, epidemiology, infectious disease and emerging diseases. Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills in international and multi-cultural settings combined with proven ability to successfully coordinate, manage and lead projects, and build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies. Sound strategic and tactical thinking with ability to formulate clear comprehensive policies, strategies and plans. Excellent interpersonal with proven ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, with tact, diplomacy and courtesy. Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct; Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to Member States. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.

    WHO Competencies

    Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    Producing results
    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.


    • 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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
    • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
    • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
    • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
    • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
      • The WHO is committed to achieving gender parity and geographical diversity in its staff. Women, persons with disabilities, and nationals of unrepresented and underrepresented Member States (

      ) are strongly encouraged to apply.
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    • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
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