National Professional Officer (Pandemic influenza preparedness and laboratory network), NPOB (WHO)

Localidad : Kyiv, Ucrania
Fecha límite de postulación :15-Sep-19 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
Categoría adicional :Gestión
Tipo de contrato :TA Local
Nivel de puesto :NO-B
Idiomas requeridos :
Duración del contrato inicial :12 months


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  • providing leadership on global health matters;
  • shaping the health research agenda;
  • setting norms and standards; 
  • articulating evidence-based policy options; 
  • providing technical support to countries;
  • monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.The WHO Country Office supports the Member States to shape their health policy in line with WHO's principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the BCA with the Member States and their corresponding country work plan. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support as necessary. The WHO Country Office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representation, fund-raising and resource steering function, as needed.

Deberes y responsabilidades

To provide technical support to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in the area of infectious hazard management, specifically in the areas of influenza prevention and control, pandemic influenza preparedness, surveillance and response to other high threat pathogens and laboratory system strengthening under the Better Labs for Better Health initiative.

Specifically, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide technical support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in developing its' systems to prevent and control influenza, whether seasonal, zoonotic or pandemic, and other high threat pathogens through: a) Providing technical advice on improving the quality of systems for the surveillance of influenza and other high threat pathogens (epidemiological and laboratory surveillance);b) Support activities related to strengthening seasonal influenza vaccination programmes c) Support the continued implementation of guidelines and training programs for outbreak investigation and response and the clinical management of severe respiratory infections; d) Support revision and testing of the national pandemic influenza preparedness plan and associated guidelines;
  • Support implementation of the national laboratory policy, strategy and action plans developed under the “Better Labs for Better Health” initiative: a) Support the coordination of activities by the national Coordination Council on Laboratory including facilitation of working group sessions, meetings and trainings; b) Support the national programme for laboratory quality mentors; c) Provide input to further developments of the laboratory system as the system evolves;
  • Provide input to advocacy products related to the described duties;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Teamwork;
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences;
  • Communication;
  • Producing results;
  • Knowing and managing yourself.

Habilidades y experiencia requeridas


  • Essential: University degree in medicine, biological sciences or related area. Additional academic specialisation in communicable diseases, biological sciences or equivalent professional qualification;
  • Desirable: Post graduate degree in public health, epidemiology or laboratory science.


  • Essential: At least two years of relevant work experience in communicable diseases surveillance and/or laboratory programmes/projects;
  • Desirable: Experience with working for WHO or other international organizations. Experience implementing laboratory quality management systems.


  • Knowledge of epidemiology. Knowledge of laboratory quality.

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Ukrainian;
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Russian.


  • Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 19,888 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

Additional Information:

  • 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review;
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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply;
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity;
  • WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice;
  • 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.

Instructions for application:

  • For full and detailed vacancy notice please access:;
  • Closing date for applications:  Sep 15, 2019, 12:59:00 AM;
  • Vacancy Notice No: 1903976.

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