Specialist (Emergency Medical Services & Clinical Mngmt.)
World Health Organization (WHO)
EU/WHE WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Close on 19 Aug 2020
Location: Ukraine
Grade: P4, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description


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


In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) and of the WHO Incident Management System (IMS) at the country level, the incumbent will provide technical support to the incident management team (IMST), Ministry of Health (MOH) and other partners in strengthening case management, and emergency medicine response activities, throughout the full cycle of the incident. The incumbent will work to strengthen the health system in order to improve the emergency preparedness and response.

The incumbent will also provide advice on a regular basis with regard to strengthening national and sub-national capacities in developing and implementing policies, strategies, tools and capacities in relation to trauma and emergency response.

Please describe the key duties:

--> Act as focal point in the Ukraine country office for support to the emergency medical services reform in Ukraine, contributing to maintaining an overview of the health-related situation and the emergency medical services in the country.

--> Analyze and synthesize information on treatment, health facilities, and health professional, and ensure that updates are provided on a regular and timely basis to all levels of the response.

--> Develop systems and procedures for emergency triage at healthcare facilities.

--> Advocate for and provide expert technical assistance and training to hospitals and health professionals, including building the capacity of professionals at all levels in surgery, trauma management, disaster planning, infectious disease case management, and mass causality in emergency situation through supervision, formal and in-service training to establish a continuum of care and monitor impact.

 --> Support WHE lead and incident management with needs' assessments and liaison with other technical units in establishing needs of the affected population in regard to case management and emergency medicine, including referral pathways.

--> Assess technical quality, safety and competence of selected health facilities using the hospital safety index and be responsible for the overall relevance and technical quality of deliverables.

--> Develop country specific plans for emergency response, documenting gaps therein for the definition of the response and research agenda on the subject matter. Where required, provide technical advice on the establishment/strengthening of trauma care units and isolation facilities, based on standard guidelines and principles for emergency medicine and for infection prevention and control as deemed necessary.

--> Ensure close coordination between clinical management, health systems, and laboratory response.

With specific focus in the area of Protection against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (PSEA) for all UN agencies in Ukraine, the incumbent will:

--> Provide technical support and strategic guidance to the Resident Coordinator (RC) on PSEA, in order to ensure full participation by UN Country Team (UNCT) member entities in all aspects of PSEA.

--> Coordinate the development of a joint inter-agency, community-based complaints mechanism to enable the affected population to report SEA.

--> Coordinate and conduct as needed PSEA awareness raising initiatives and training for UNCT personnel and implementing partners; Work closely with UNCT member agencies to ensure coordinated referral mechanisms for victim services Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in the Medicine with specialization in emergency medicine, trauma care, surgery, toxicology, or infectious diseases.
Desirable: Qualification in specialised medicine or nursing, Advanced university degree in Public Health. Additional professional training/specialization in health systems, hospital management, training & education, and/or other related area. Completion of the WHO Emergency Medical Team coordination cell training course would be an advantage.


Essential: At least seven years' practical experience, at the national and/or international levels, in the development, advocacy, planning, implementation of trauma and emergency medicine response, case management and/or clinical care activities during disaster or humanitarian emergency and/or infectious diseases outbreaks.
Desirable: Previous experience with WHO, other UN agencies, Emergency Medical Teams, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or nongovernmental organizations with expertise in disaster and health emergencies response.


--> Ability to manage and coordinate activities in emergency situations;

--> Proven excellent skills in assessing implementing, monitoring and evaluating of emergency situations;

--> Proven ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and advocate their implementation;

--> Sound organizational and analytical skills;

--> Ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders;

--> Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills;

--> Ability to work under pressure;

--> Tact, discretion and diplomacy;

--> Ability and willingness to work in a team with other health professionals and motivate people of different nationalities and cultures;

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.


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 73,516 (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 2126 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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