World Health Organization
The mission of WHO’s District Health management system is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. Secondly is to help build the health and management systems at the Sub-national levels.
- The incumbent will report to the District Health Management cluster in the Country office and under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative in the Country office.
- The officer will collaborate with relevant technical officers in the Country to agree on best strategies to advocate WHO’s work, goals and achievements.
- The first line responsibility involves leading and coordinating the technical guidance to the district authorities and establishing resilient health system at the district level. Inform, and monitor strategic decision making, planning and implementation through the health sector response in support of national and local health authorities’identified priorities
- Support the District Task Force and its sub-committees to effectively coordinate Outbreak Preparedness efforts in the district, ensuring collaboration and coordination of partners supporting the preparedness activities in the district with the district task force, and collective results.
- Manage operational planning and implementation of WHO’s incident management system at the district level in the region, coordinate the technical, normative, and operational support in cooperation with district team members, ensuring fulfilment of WHO’s critical functions.
- Make recommendations on WHO response staffing needs; liaise with WHO country officeto ensure timely mobilization of the required human resources.
- Provide leadership, motivation, guidance, and performance management of staff and experts, build dynamic and efficient teams and efficient management of WHO resourcesSupport the systematic and regular identification and monitoring of health risks and needs and the planning and implementation of the most effective prevention, control and response measures.
- This includes the dissemination of risk communication messages, the strengthening of early warning and surveillance systems, the delivery of quality health services and the undertaking of operational and scientific research to improve interventions as needed in response to affectedpopulations, at the district level. Co-develop and co-implement a relevant monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learningprocesses.
- Guide the WHO’s field support team on a continued self-assessmentand reflection on planning, budgeting, operational service delivery. Contribute to building the national capacity through need identification, development,operationalization and implementation of a capacity building and training plan
- Conduct regular and frequent coordination meetings with all district health and othersectors’ partners, convene internal meetings to monitor and evaluate programme implementation, district work plans, facilitation of resource mobilization,prioritization, accountability of all stakeholders and effective decision-making.
- Engage with other relevant local authorities and civil society to facilitate and ensure thesmooth implementation of the agreed strategy.
- Provide the WHO country office with briefings, situation reports and event management information through the WHO Country office Coordinator; to enable the overall continuous monitoring and planning process would feed into WHO’s communication and advocacy products, situation reports, etc. Bring issues and concerns to the attention of the Cluster lead District Health Management with a recommended course-of-action.
- Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functionalsupervisor (such as resource mobilization and advocacy).
- Essential: First university degree (Bachelor’s) public health, management or public administration or related field from an accredited/recognized institute
- Desirable: Medical degree. Specialized training in emergency incident management; training in health systems and specific training in humanitarian response
- Essential: Two(2) years’ relevant work experience, at the national and international levels,in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of emergency incidentmanagement and response programmes. Considerable experience in managing teams, budgets and resources including developing and promotingcollaborative actions with national authorities.
- Desirable: Prior humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO, other UN agencies,health cluster partners or an international non-governmental or recognized humanitarian organizations with expertise in disaster and outbreak response.Demonstrated experience working with sub-national health authorities (province,region, and/or district) at the country level.
- Sound knowledge in planning,management, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes, including budgetingand resource management.Sound knowledge and experience in Healthsystems strengtheningProven skills in working withpartners and strengthening their technical, management and operational capacitywithin the incident management system. Demonstrated skills in strategicplanning, organization and guiding actors and groups towards agreed goals. Ability to take the perspective ofa national partner to support their needs and challenges. Demonstrated abilityto produce results, while respecting WHO’s professional, ethical and legalframework.
Use of Language Skills:
- Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
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