The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) 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.The Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems division (WSE) is responsible to build a system of collaborative intelligence enabling better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics. The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is a new office of WHO, located in Berlin. It works with partners to enable the generation of public health relevant information to provide timely actionable insights and improve decision making to prepare for, avert and respond to public health threats. It also aims to reduce fragmentation and inefficiency by creating an ecosystem that promotes collaboration across multiple professional disciplines, sectors, and initiatives; and empower decision makers, public health professionals, and civil society to make informed public health decisions.
Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties which are performed according to the needs of the unit and department:
• Provides leadership and managerial support within the Department in the areas of community engagement and capacity building, ensuring that activities are carried out efficiently and effectively.
• Develops and proposes strategies for scalable and sustainable implementation through collaboration with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in further developing networks and communities for public health intelligence to strengthen and improve the capacity and workflow of target stakeholders.
• Assumes accountability for the delivery of objectives through efficient management of a team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization.
• Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for community-strengthening and capacity building in the respective area of work.
• Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the subject area of work of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables.
• Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
• Supports the development and implementation of strategies and planning processes for the growth, success, sustainability and governance of the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) initiative and other large global initiatives as required.
• Prepares regular reports and presentations for senior leadership and other stakeholders highlighting progress and achievements as well as identifying challenges, risks and areas of improvement.
• Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, or research institutions to position the technical area of work and implementation into Global and/or National policies.
• Stays up-to-date on changes in relevant landscapes, strategic opportunities and best practices.
• Negotiates with and fosters new partnerships with internal and external partners to enable the development of strategic and integrated solutions for public health intelligence strengthening and information sharing.
• Represents specific thematic areas of the Department more broadly internally and externally when- and where required, serving as a technical reference point among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders at the technical level in the respective area of expertise and advocating for public health intelligence and the EIOS initiative.
• Stays up to date on trends relevant to public health intelligence, identifying opportunities for innovation and improvement of workflows, networking and improved information sharing through relationship strengthening.
• Performs other related duties as assigned, including replacing and back stopping for others as required.
Essential: Advanced level university degree (Masters or higher) in Public Health Leadership, Public Health Promotion, International Development, Communication Studies, Public Relations, or other related fields relevant to the functions of the position.
Desirable: Advanced university degree in Business Administration or Public Health Administration.
Essential: A minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in the development, integration and delivery of scalable multi-country networks/communities of practice related to national -and international- level public health surveillance and/or intelligence efforts. At least 5 years must be recent and in an international context. Experience coordinating and managing the development of community engagement strategies, and processes and innovative solutions to build, strengthen and maintain stakeholder engagement, communities of practice and workforce capacity. Experience in working and managing relationships with diverse collaborators and third-party providers. Demonstrated experience successfully managing multi-disciplinary teams and financial resources. Demonstrated and extensive experience in complex international contexts involving technical, cultural and political elements. Experience with inter-agency collaboration or in WHO, UN, UN Agencies or other international organisations to define and develop strategies and solutions for public health needs.
Desirable: Demonstrated experience with public health surveillance and/ or intelligence at the subnational through to global levels. Demonstrated experience with Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) solutions and approaches. Demonstrated experience in project management.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Knowing and managing yourself
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of another 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 92,731 (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 3524 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.