Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Emergency Health Coordinator in ------


More specifically the incumbent will support the WR to:

  • Strengthen or establish the WHO emergency office by
    • Planning an emergency management capacity and support structure (admin, HRM, logistics, transport, communication, media management)
    • Determining a clear management and organization structure for the WHO emergency office (organigram, link to regular programs, responsibilities defined, lines of communication with national counterparts and other organizations, between WR, RO & HQ, synergy within HQ)
    • Determining the WHO emergency strategy and priorities, and communicating all relevant information internally and externally (including media management)
    • Planning staff capacity, in numbers and qualifications to meet the requirements as indicated under 2-7
  • Establishment and/or reinforcement of emergency health coordination by:
    • Ensuring public health management for optimal coherence and impact, making use of the health policy, the health information system and good practice guidelines.
    • Supporting the national health authorities and specific task-forces to coordinate the health sector
    • Coordinating the health system response of the international community (UN and NGOs), sharing information, planning and monitoring progress.
    • Involving WHO in health co-ordination, on central and decentralized levels.
    • Providing guidance to international donors for resource mobilization and allocation, and for the appropriateness of proposals.
    • Participating in intersectoral co-ordination to ensure that all public health priorities are covered.
  • Conducting rapid health assessments by:
    • Indentifying and understanding the health situation and conditions that create risks to health
    • Carrying out immediate and follow-up health assessment by a multi-disciplinary team and in co-operation with national authorities, other UN and NGOs.
    • Assessing and defining the health status of the population affected by the crisis, the major public health needs, resources and capacities of all main actors, including the affected population. Taking into account underlying causes, security and the human rights situation
    • Making findings available to the affected community, the national health authorities and the wider humanitarian community, e.g. through coordination
  • Define emergency health policy and define programme priorities by
    • Addressing the capacity, quality, distribution and equitable access of health facilities, linking relief efforts with national capacities.
    • Providing guidance for planning of the required human resources, their training and safety, addressing the financing of the health system and it formulates an essential drug policy adjusted to the emergency.
    • Planning Health and nutrition programs that address the most important causes of mortality and morbidity (minimum package of public health services, curative and preventive)
    • Identifying priorities that will reflect an understanding of hazards and are based on objectives for appropriateness, coherence, effectiveness and impact
    • Building priorities on existing capacity and are determined in co-operation with national authorities, other UN and NGOs
    • Identifying priorities that address identified vulnerable groups, including children, elderly, disabled, IDPs, excluded groups, based on gender, etc
    • Including priorities that advocate for secure humanitarian access, neutrality and protection of health services and structures
  • Establishing and maintaining health & nutritional surveillance, producing health intelligence and managing information for health advocacy by:
    • Ensuring that a health information system is set up that collects data on population, diseases, injuries, health services and health risks in the environment.
    • Ensuring that the health information system has adequate coverage of the affected area and the population
    • Ensuring that the health information system produces warning indicators, data on health status, available resources and on underlying factors that cause ill health.
    • Making use of standard case definitions, reporting formats and frequency of reporting and builds as much as possible on existing surveillance systems to ensure its sustainability
    • Making information available to the wider humanitarian community and neighbouring countries, for advanced planning and decision making (e.g. through coordination and the WHO website).
  • Providing technical and normative support to national authorities, UN agencies, NGOs for public health interventions by:
    • Relating to the health policy and priority interventions, technical public health support that is provided to WHO’s partners in a timely and adequate manner, to promote adherence to international standards.
    • Basing technical support on assess needs, best available evidence for response, international standards and good practice guidelines, and addressing levels of quality and modes of implementation that are realistic in relation to the circumstances
    • Using technical support in disaster response as an opportunity to strengthen and develop the health system (e.g. by links to WHO’s regular program or training of national staff, other UN and NGOs, in management and implementation).