Humanitarian Health Action

Policy and Strategy for WHO/EHA action in Disasters


Programme management structure

For the work of WHO to be effective and reliable, robust mechanisms for programme implementa-tion supported by streamlined administrative and financial procedures are needed, coupled with strong logistics and security services, all functioning in a flexible and responsive manner to the evolving needs and circumstances *) . This will require providing clear lines of authority and relevant terms of reference for staff as well as careful candidate selection. Core staff may need be posted in the field for a considerable period.

Working under the supervision of the WHO Representative, the EHA Programme Manager will administer and monitor the policy and strategy basis of the programme and represent the organisa-tion in Government and UN/international forums on all issues related to relief operations. The Pro-gramme Manager will lead a Programme Support team to provide direct and specific administra-tive and operational support to the Field Office, with close collaboration from the administrative staff of the country office.

The EHA Field Office Manager, also under the supervision if the WR and in close coordination with the EHA Programme Manager, will supervise the implementation of the programme in the field and represent the organisation with Government and in UN/international forums in the field. A core team of Medical, Technical and National Programme Officers, supplemented by Short Term Consultants and local experts recruited under specific work plans, will provide essential techni-cal, programming and management skills. They will work in teams to ensure coherence and syn-ergy between technical areas and to facilitate a health systems approach to overall programme planning. They will work closely with local health authorities, NGO and other service providers to promote a population-based approach to planning and to monitor health trends, identify redundan-cies, gaps and overlaps. Teams leaders will play an active role in local UN coordination arrange-ments. A framework for health sector recovery, prepared jointly by WHO, Government, donors, the World Bank and the international community will inform and direct WHO actions.

A Field Office Administration team will ensure that the personnel, finance, transport, supplies, procurement, security, welfare, IT, communications and other key operational areas are linked to-gether effectively, deployed efficiently where needed, and responsive to problem solving needs.

*) Including ensuring safe and healthy working and living conditions for WHO field staff.

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