Health emergencies continue to have significant and sometimes catastrophic impacts on countries' health, economies and development. Both recent and ongoing public health events have demonstrated that the many communities remain at the high risk, and that strong levels of national preparedness across all relevant sectors are crucial to ensuring the effective management of health emergencies, when they occur. They also illustrate the need for scaling up the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) that requires countries to build and maintain the capacities to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, anchored on strong and resilient health systems. The Emergency Preparedness Division contributes to the implementation of the WHO Global Programme of Work (GPW 13) and is guided by WHO strategic priorities to “keep the world safe, improve health and serve the vulnerable”. The WHO strategic priorities drive the progress in health towards Universal Health Coverage, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and speaks particularly to SDG 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The Health Security Preparedness (HSP) department supports Member States in enhancing national preparedness across the IHR core capacities to manage all-hazard risks and emergencies, and to build multisectoral approaches for health security. It ensures that WHO supports Member States to build sustainable preparedness capacities and scale up the implementation of the IHR (2005), and support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other related global and regional frameworks. The department also establishes strategic links to and supports the advancement of global initiatives such as GPMB, GHSA, EU ACP, Health and Security Alliance, Foreign Affairs for Global Health initiative and the UN System Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. HSP works with partners and the broader global heath security community to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in all countries are protected from the impact of health emergencies.
Under the supervision of the MHS Unit Head the technical officer will support the following activities:
1) Conduct the planning and implementation of Resource Mapping (REMAP) at the national and sub-national levels, mapping health security investments and activities of technical and financial partners and identifying needs and gaps in key strategic technical areas.
2) Provide analysis of the health security investment landscape of low and middle income countries (LMICs); as the REMAP focal point to liaise, coordinate and collaborate with Regional and Country offices, adapting to the different context and needs at the regional and country levels.
3) Develop relevant training materials and tools to train national focal points and regional and country offices on the REMAP tool and process; support the development of country resource mapping dashboards, tracking systems, and methodologies.
4) Coordinate with partners and donors on resource mapping data collection and analysis; develop and implement the web-based version of the REMAP tool, working in countries to adapt the REMAP process for online visualization and analysis; manage an archive of the results of country REMAP exercises within the WHO SPH Portal.
5) Create linkages and crosswalks with SDGs, UHC, Health System, and other high-level agendas as appropriate, collaborating and coordinating with different units and departments on cross-cutting activities for preparedness.
6) Contribute to harmonization and alignment of donor resources including developing a tracking system for donors and partners; provide guidance to Member States and partners on the application of the REMAP tool and process for all-hazards health security and disease-specific plans.
7) Apply or amend suitable statistical methods in Resource Mapping for analyzing and displaying country and donor information. Provide analysis of how health security resources are being implemented; organize global, regional and country workshops and training for the REMAP tools.
8) Prepare donor reports and internal reports related to MHS and country planning; document lessons learnt and progress, evaluate outcomes, publish experiences based on resource mapping activities, data and analysis at country level.
9) Provide support for enhancing sustainable financing for preparedness, including development of a compendium of country best practices, lessons learned and available options for financing health security.
10) Coordinate with partners including GHSA, World Bank, Global Financing Facility (GFF), OECD and others on a landscape scan of financing options for preparedness. Support the Partners forum for enhancing sustainable domestic financing.
11) Support to planning, costing, and financing of health security preparedness as needed. Support the development of financing options, and common goods for health security preparedness which contribute to the implementation and integration of national action plans. Work with the relevant teams in the department and beyond to ensure coherence with the national planning, the integration of other plans, costing, and financing (domestic and international) of country preparedness.
12) Document and disseminate lessons learned, and update tools as needed. Support, in collaboration with other members of the MHS Unit, support the establishment and implementation of the Global Strategic Preparedness Network (GSPN), including the identification through REMAP exercises of country needs for technical assistance based on coordination with national technical area specialists, regional and country offices.
13) Perform all other related duties as assigned.
First Level University Degree in public health, communications, or related field.
Advanced University degree (Masters level) in health, public health or related field.
A minimum of 5 years' professional work experience in public health, partnerships, communications, or a related field.
Professional experience conducting resource mapping in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for health security preparedness capacity building, including tracking and monitoring health security investments, building strategic partnerships, promoting multisectoral collaboration, and identifying country financial and technical needs and gaps.
Experience and understanding of Article 44 of the International Health Regulations (2005) and global health security.
Experience in the UN system, WHO, an international or governmental organization and strategic partnerships is highly desirable.
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and independently manage multiple projects concurrently.
- Experience working in capacity-building in low and middle income (LMIC) countries, building partnerships, network building and resource mapping including experience tracking and analyzing domestic and external investments for health emergency preparedness to identify gaps and needs.
- Ability to identify partners, communications opportunities and problems, and to articulate these to the MHS Unit Head.
- Excellent communication skills in view of negotiating with partners.
- Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
- Proven ability to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner.
- Capacity to deliver outputs to a high standard, and to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations, Knowledge of or experience of working with the UN in general, and WHO in particular.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Expert knowledge of English.
Intermediate knowledge of French.
Intermediate knowledge of WHO language.
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 62,120 (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 4519 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.