Humanitarian Health Action

Health Cluster Coordination training 12 - 16 December 2010 in Egypt

Deadline for applications is 24 November 2010

The next Health Cluster Coordination (HCC) Training will take place in Egypt (exact location to be confirmed) from 12 to 16 December, 2010. The training is organized by the WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO), in collaboration with WHO/Health Action in Crises (Geneva) on behalf of the Global Health Cluster. The course will be held in English.

The aim of the HCC Training is to prepare participants for deployment as Health Cluster Coordinator and health cluster team members in acute and chronic emergency situations. The standard curriculum, developed by the Global Health Cluster, includes in-depth learning about the role of HCC and the use of the GHC tools. While the course is global, participants from the Middle East are encouraged to apply. Tuition is free, but all other costs (travel, accommodation, meals) are at the expense of the participant. Some funding is available for priority participants and for participants from the region. Please state if you require sponsorship when applying. WHO applicants from the EMRO region should inform their regional adviser.

If you meet the profile of the Health Cluster coordinator or team member and would like to participate in the Egypt training, kindly submit a completed copy of the attached document along with your CV by 24 November 2010 to:

Profile for Health Cluster Coordination

Education: Degree in medicine and/or Public Health.

Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years international field experience, of which at least 3 in working in health programs in chronic and acute, sudden-onset emergencies.


  • Ability to prioritize, organize, manage and adapt management style according to need;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors;
  • Producing results;
  • Fostering integration and teamwork;
Functional Skills
  • In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN Specialized Agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs;
  • Sound knowledge and experience about national disaster prevention and preparedness programs; Languages:
  • Essential: Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English, French or Spanish (as appropriate);
  • Desirable: Working knowledge of a second international/UN and/or local language.

The GHC has developed standard global criteria for identifying HCC candidates. The selection and assessment processes are conducted by the course organizers and GHC representatives following standard procedures. Once identified, selected candidates are invited to attend a HCC training course.