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WHO recruiting Global Surveillance and Risk Assessment Technical Officer

Geneva, Switzerland, 14 February 2018


  • Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)

  • Health Emergency Information & Risk Assessment (HIM),

  • Detection, Verification & Risk Assessment (DVA)

Objective of the WHO Programme/Department:

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 main thrust of the Detection, Verification & Risk Assessment (DVA) unit is to monitor and assess the implementation of public health policies and projects in the areas of early detection, public health emergencies, including diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential. Duties involve contacts and close collaboration within The Programme, WHO HQ, Regional and Country Offices and with a broad range of partners, to provide technical expertise and promote information-sharing. Successful results involve ongoing contacts with a broad range of external partners, UN and UN Agencies, national and international institutions to exchange findings and promote information-sharing, experience and lessons learnt.

Assignment Summary:

Under the overall guidance of Manager, Detection, Verification & Risk Assessment (DVA) unit, the Junior Professional Officer will assist in monitoring and implementation of public health policies and programmes in the areas of surveillance and response to public health emergencies, including emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases particularly those with epidemic and pandemic potentials.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations

Under the supervision of the Lead Epidemic Intelligence and Risk Assessment (ERA), the Junior Professional Officer will provide technical support, implement the team technical activities and related to the early detection of acute public health events. His/her tasks will include:

  • Conduct event-based surveillance and media monitoring

  • Synthesise event-based information to prepare briefing materials, epidemiological reports and presentations

  • In collaboration with Regional Offices, verify informal reports and contribute to risk assessment, situational awareness

  • Participate in multi-disciplinary risk assessments of specific diseases (such as influenza, MERS, cholera, dengue, etc.)

  • Maintain, when required, a case-based database for emerging/unknown diseases and provide regular analysis

  • Carry out ad hoc and standardised surveillance data analysis

  • Support elaboration of risk communications via the WHO Event Information Site for National IHR Focal Points

  • Undertake international travel as required by the assignment

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