Technical Officer – World Health Organization (WHO)

logo-world-health-oranization-whoThe WHO Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response department (ERM) works closely with Member States, international partners, and local institutions to help communities prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters and crises. We are committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crises; building efficient partnerships for emergency management and ensuring these are properly coordinated; advocating for political support and consistent resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery; developing evidence based guidance for all phases of emergency work in the health sector; strengthening capacity and resilience of health systems and countries to mitigate and manage disasters; ensuring international capacity is available to support countries for emergency response through training and establishment of surge capacity.

The Policy, Practice and Evaluation (PPE) Unit is responsible for translating relevant policies and best practices into appropriate standards and guidelines and facilitating their application at global, regional and country levels, including evaluation of their application and impact.
The Unit is also responsible for coordinating the development of WHO positions on relevant policy issues in the areas of both emergency risk management and humanitarian response, including the preparations for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS).

The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Technical Officer (Inter-Agency focal point) and under the overall guidance of the Coordinator Policy, Practice and Evaluation (PPE).

Description of duties:
– Analyse all background information and summaries from the regional and thematic consultations.
– Prepare background documentation to promote health as a key issue at the summit.
– Assist in the preparations for the global WHS thematic consultation as well as for the Global WHS consultation in Geneva.
– Assist in the writing and promotion of a WHO thematic paper on health, promoting health as a key theme for the Summit.
– Obtain early information on key milestones for the Summit from the WHS Secretariat and coordinate WHO’s submissions for the event.
– Assist in the preparation of background papers and draft communications to/briefing for the Coordinator or Director of the department and other senior staff, to Member States and other constituencies.
– Coordinate with relevant actors such as the regional WHS task forces, Global Health Cluster, NGOs and UN agencies.
– Follow the work of the various task teams and working groups related to the WHS and solicit input from the various units in the department.
– Other activities as required.

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Application deadline: 8 September 2015

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