National Professional Officer (IHR/CD)
World Health Organization (WHO)
EM_PSE WHO Representative's Office, Palestine
Close on 20 Aug 2020
Location: Jerusalem (Israel)
Grade: NO-C, Mid-level Professional
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Job Description

National Professional Officer (IHR/CD)  PN: 418776


The objectives of WHO's Health emergency (WHE) programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health before, during and after crisis. To ensure WHO's strategic role in coordinating IHR/AMR and CD programmes and national action plan implementation in oPt with health and other relevant sectors;To lead, coordinate, advise and evaluate activities and concepts in the context of AMR and IHR for strategic planning with health, veterinary, agriculture and environment sectors at the federal & provincial levels towards the full realization and compliance with IHR;To advise, coordinate, evaluate and facilitate implementation of multi-sectoral IHR, CD preparedness/response and AMR activities at all levels, identify and exploit opportunities for linkages and synergies with other health development partners towards achievement of strengthened and high performing health systems to enable compliance with IHR and addressing AMR and CD in oPt.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Coordinate and closely collaborate with WHO and government departments for implementation of all programs relevant to IHR, prevention of communicable diseases and AMR to ensure WHO's lead role and value-for-money investments in the health, veterinary, agriculture and environment sectors of the oPt.
2. Proactively engage in strategic planning, identify gaps and opportunities for investment related toIHR, CD and AMR action plans at all levels.
3. Act as a focal point with regard to IHR, AMR and One Health related meetings, joint missions including monitoring visits with national counterparts.
4. Provide technical advice to the Ministry of Health on implementation of preparedness and response  activities for outbreaks of CD.
5. Build IHR and AMR core capacities to ensure proper implementation of the national plan, health system strengthening strategy and One Health Approach for health security.
6. Strengthen and establish integrated disease surveillance and response in health and veterinary sectors.
7. Establish/ maintain liaison with all the stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels for effective implementation, monitoring progress and evaluation of IHR National Action Plan.



Essential: University degree in Medicine
Desirable: Post-graduate degree in Public Health


Essential: At least 5 years' experience in development and implementation of AMR and IHR national frameworks, action plans and programmatic management
Desirable: WHO experience in relevant field


1. Broad knowledge and analytical skills in effective management practices, programme planning and evaluation.
2. Familiarity with the functioning of government and its institutions.
3. Knowledge and experience of conducting IHR evaluation process and development of strategic framework and national action plans on programme planning tools/formats. 
4. Demonstrated skills in producing reports, programme reviews, briefs and scientific papers.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources

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Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Arabic.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at ILS 229,537 (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.
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line.   For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.  Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.  

  • 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • 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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