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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Programme Officer job in Nairobi

Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO), EM/ARD Assistant Regional Director (EM/ARD)
Emergency & Humanitarian Action (EHA); WHO Representative's Office in Somalia (temporarily stationed in Nairobi, Kenya)

The overall objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team is to:
1. Support Member States by promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis;
2. Identifying priority causes of ill-health and death;
3. Preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans;
4. Providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential emergency health services.
Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative for Somalia, with the technical support from the Regional advisor and EHA/EMRO, the Medical Officer - Surgical and Trauma Management will ensure the organization's presence and operational capacity in the entire country to strengthen coordinated trauma management in order to reduce avoidable toss of life, burden of disease and disability among the displaced and affected host population. The Medical Officer - Surgical and Trauma Management will:
1. Provide technical assistance in hospitals, especially in surgical and emergency obstetric care, including in-service training of medical officers in surgery and trauma management;
2. Supervise and provide guidance to surgeries carried out where necessary in emergency situations;
3. Train medical doctors in surgery and hospital management, especially in emergency and/or mass casualty and trauma management;
4. Strengthen surgical and medical capacities of key rural hospitals by supervision, formal and in-service training of professionals;
5. Strengthen trauma management, mass casualty management, and disaster planning at the hospital level where needed;
6. Advise and take appropriate effective actions to ensure adequate coverage, access and equity in the delivery of emergency health care, especially in emergency obstetric care, through identifying health care requirements/interventions that are not met by the present response capacity, in terms of human, material and financial resources;
7. Assist in ensuring that technically sound guidelines and minimum standards in hospital settings are available and applied by health partners, and/or help adjust these to the context of the country.
Essential: University degree in medicine and master's degree in surgery with specialization in emergency and trauma surgical care.
Desirable: PhD degree in surgery
1. Producing results;
2. Fostering integration and teamwork;
3. Moving forward in a changing environment;
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way;
5. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Sound organizational and analytical skills, completed by good knowledge or understanding of WHO rules and procedures

Ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders related to surgical and trauma care management

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure

Tact, discretion and diplomacy

Ability to manage and coordinate activities in emergency situations

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer literacy

Excellent presentation skills

Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience combined at national and international level in emergency surgery and emergency response relief.
Desirable: Experience in UN organizations, governmental or non-governmental organizations in developing countries, preferably in chronic emergencies.
Excellent knowledge of English with a good knowledge of another WHO official language.
Additional Information:
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.

Annual salary:
(Net of tax)
66482 USD at single rate
71393 USD with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 34.7 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening
Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

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