Programme Area Manager

Organisation:  World Health Organization

Apply By:  28 Jun . 2018

Location:  New Delhi(Delhi)

Programme Area Manager
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Objectives of the Programme

The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme is to build the capacity of Member States in SEA Region 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.

Country Health Emergency Preparedness &International Health Regulations (CPI) objectives include the monitoring and evaluation of countries' preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies; the planning and Member States capacity building for critical capacities based upon the existing system and the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations(2005). CPI has an all-hazards approach and involves all three levels of the Organization. CPI prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity Member States.

Description of Duties

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Emergency Director (RED)/ SEARO, the incumbent will provide expert technical advice and support to the Member States of SEA Region through:

  • Lead and manage the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & International Health Regulations Unit ensuring coordination and oversight of unit's work programme promoting an environment of professional inquisitiveness, anticipating new challenges, seeking solutions and evaluating their effectiveness, demonstrating to stakeholders and collaborators a commitment to excellence.
  • Manage the regional work in the development, implementation and oversight of relevant strategies, programmes of work, and annual work plans in country health emergency preparedness & International Health Regulations. With HQ, Regional and Country Offices, ensure the monitoring and evaluation of WHO's organization-wide work plan.
  • Represent WHO at official meetings and in media context as needed.
  • Provide coordination, motivation, guidance, management and performance evaluation of staff in Health Emergency Preparedness& International Health Regulations Units technical teams: Core Capacity Assessment, Monitoring & Evaluation (CME); Preparedness, Readiness &Core Capacity Building (PCB); and IHR Secretariat & Global Functions (IHR).

Required Qualifications


Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in a health field or Medical degree complemented by a post-graduate degree in public health or public health-related discipline.

Desirable: Specialized training in epidemiology. Specialized training in emergency/humanitarian response. Training in leadership or management.


Essential: At least 10 years of professional experience, including considerable experience obtained in an international context, in planning, developing and implementing health security, emergency, surveillance, disease control and/or public health programmes, and including at least 5 years of management experience in recognized leadership positions with direct responsibility for managing both human and financial resources. Relevant experience with theatre-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.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO and/or other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.


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