21 July 2022

Job Opportunity at WHO - Emergency & Outbreak Preparedness Officer

  Nasseb Abdallah       21 July 2022

Job Opportunity  at WHO - Emergency & Outbreak Preparedness Officer

Emergency & Outbreak Preparedness Officer


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


Provide substantive support to and there by facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of country strategies and work-plans pertaining to the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & International Health Regulations national programmes, ensuring compliance with WHO’s organization-wide CPI strategies. Track the status of technical and financial support to country core capacities, the development of national action plans and the costing to prepare for, detect and mount a rapid and effective response to public health emergencies. Provide guidance and training to counterparts of national authorities to develop critical core capacities, with an emphasis on cultural, linguistic or other particularities pertaining to the local area of responsibility. Support the implementation of policies, norms, standards and guidelines to support the development of critical core capacities for global health security. Liaise on multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting approaches and activities with key partners at the country level, to ensure the successful implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacities in line with IHR (2005) requirements, as well as the identification of financing for country plans. As and when required, support the assessment of the performance of national transport, tourism and mass gatherings capacity, the dissemination of practical guidelines, facilitate the effective implementation of national surveillance systems in accordance with IHR (2005) requirements.Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor



Essential: First-level university degree in a health related field or a Medical degree from an accredited/ recognized institute.
Desirable: Advanced level university degree (Masters level or above) in a health related field. Specialized training in epidemiology. Specialized training in emergency/humanitarian response. Post-graduate degree in public health or a public health-related discipline from an accredited/recognized institute


Essential: Atleast 5 years of relevant experience in planning, developing and implementing health security, emergency, surveillance, disease control, and/or public health programmes. Relevant experience with the inter-agency mechanisms used to coordinate international preparedness for and response to health emergencies, including those most relevant to coordination of health policy and action in health emergencies. Relevant experience with or in the implementation of International Health Regulations (2005).
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Experience in developing countries.


Knowledge of International Health Regulations (2005), the epidemiology of infectious diseases and other global health security threats, and of issues and practices for disease prevention and control. Proven ability to manage projects, build partnerships with multiple partners in the context of health emergencies. Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure. . Good knowledge of the local culture, customs and language/s.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Emergency & Outbreak Preparedness Officer Job Vacancy at WHO


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at TZS 145,847,000 (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
  • 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.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • 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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The deadline for submitting the application is  Aug 4, 2022.

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