National Professional Officer- WHO Nepal


National Professional Officer- WHO Nepal (Emergency Preparedness & Operations)

Grade: NO-C
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract duration: Two years
Posting Date Jun 25, 2018, 4:17:10 PM
Closing Date Jul 10, 2018, 3:29:00 AM
Primary Location Nepal-Kathmandu
Organization SE_NEP WR Office, Nepal
Schedule Full-time

Objectives of the Program

The objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Government of Nepal in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO’s technical cooperation programmes at the country level. The Country Office collaborates with the Government of Nepal and relevant stakeholders in support of their efforts of achieving national health goals; of ensuring the attainment of universal health coverage and of contributing to global and regional public health action by providing need-based technical assistance in national level policy formulation, setting norms and standards, improving knowledge dissemination and management, monitoring country health situation and building sustainable institutional capacity, to play a greater leadership role in different national level policy and technical forums.

WHO provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response following emergencies and in revitalizing the capacity of the health sector to rebuild and recover from emergencies in appropriate and sustainable ways. In the inter-emergency period the objectives are to increase the capacity and self-reliance of Nepal to reduce risk, prevent and prepare for disasters, to mitigate adverse health consequences, and to create synergy between emergency risk managementand sustainable development through appropriate capacity building and co-ordination mechanism and partnerships. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) supports the MoH to direct and co-ordinate the rapid provision of life-saving emergency health interventions at scale in the aftermath of multi-hazard disasters and subsequently assists in the rapid recovery of the health system in collaboration with national and international partners. Thereupon it provides technical support to the MoH and partners to enhance health sector emergency risk management through risk reduction or mitigation; preparedness and response readiness to build a health system that is resilient to multi-hazard disasters including public health emergencies.

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Description of Duties 

Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative and the direct supervision of the Technical Officer – WHE and close coordination with other members of the WHE team and in collaboration with other teams within WCO Nepal and key external stakeholders, the NPO-EPO will perform the following:

Risk Mitigation & Preparedness at national and sub-national levels:

  1. Support Health Sector Emergency Risk Mitigation, Preparedness & Response Readiness interventions, addressing key hazards, vulnerabilities and risks identified through appropriate assessments including SEAR Benchmarks and WHO Hospital Safety Index;
  2. Provide technical assistance for the planning, development, piloting and scaling up of capacity building strategies and tools for health sector risk management and response readiness, through relevant coping capacity gaps and needs assessments;
  3. Support design and execution of effective advocacy, communication and programing strategies to facilitate mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction in all Health Systems Development initiatives.

Response & Recovery:

  1. Support the formulation, revision and updating of technical guidelines for health sector emergency response and recovery at national and sub-national levels;
  2. Support emergency operations in partnership with key stakeholders with a common understanding of health priorities including in need assessment, response coordination and surge capacity management at national and sub-national levels;
  3. Work towards maintaining the technical leadership role of WHO in all health aspects of natural hazard emergencies and in public health emergencies including through implementation of the WHO Emergency Response and Incident Command frameworks at national and sub-national levels as per country context.

Information Management & Coordination:

  1. Ensure the ready availability of relevant and up-to-date information for health sector emergency risk management to enable comprehensive analysis of risk profiles in terms of hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities at the national and subnational levels;
  2. Facilitate development of emergency surge capacity in routine health information management systems and promote optimal synergy between legacy/routine and emergency information management systems to avoid duplication and overriding of legacy/routine systems;
  3. Develop new and strengthen existing – internal and external coordination mechanisms for effective implementation of the WHE Programme interventions in line with the national priorities on emergency risk management in the health sector;
  4. Assist the Technical Officer – WHE for optimal liaison, coordination and collaboration with all key health and allied sector ERM stakeholders in line with the WHE and national health sector ERM priorities.
  5. Assist the Technical Officer – WHE in developing, testing and support scaling up of proven and cost-effective – monitoring & evaluation, learning & knowhow management, and documentation & knowledge diffusion mechanisms to improve the performance of and adapt current health sector ERM strategies and interventions and design new ones as needed.
  6. Assist the Technical Officer – WHE and other mandated managerial colleagues to facilitate office-wide awareness, capacity and engagement to ensure the resilience, preparedness and response readiness of the WCO as a whole to internal and external emergencies and disasters in line with WHO Contingency & Business Continuity Planning guidelines and the WHO Emergency Risk Management & Response Frameworks.

Perform any additional duties and discharge any additional responsibilities assigned by the Technical Officer – WHE or the WR as needed.

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Required Qualifications

Essential: University degree in Health or related fields; Administration or Management; Social Sciences or related fields from a recognized institution.
Desirable: University degree in Medicine and advanced degree in Public Health or related fields from a recognized/accredited institution will be an advantage.

Essential: At least 5 years of relevant experience in managing health sector projects/programmes, including 2 years of experience in managing interventions
related to public health emergencies.
Desirable: Experience working in Emergency Preparedness & Response Readiness; Response & Recovery operations in international organizations preferably in
the UN System would be an asset.


  • Strong programme management, organization and coordination skills
  • Ability to generate options, decide, prioritize and execute under pressure.
  • Excellent analytical skills, strategic thinking and good judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Ability to effectively work with government, development partners/donors and collaborating agencies
  • High level of technical expertise and excellent overall attitude at work
  • Adapting to change effectively.– Promoting partnerships.
  • Other Skills (eg. IT): Excellent knowledge of current IT application (MS Office or similar).

WHO Competencies

  1. Teamwork
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  3. Communication
  4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  5. Producing results

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


  • Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at NPR 3,234,111 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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