National Professional Officer at The World Health Organization (WHO)



To contribute to strengthening the alignment between health security stakeholders, enhancing transparency among partners, increasing accountability to maximize results, and to strengthening WHO's role as the convener of strategic collaborations.

To provide leadership, technical orientation and support to Member States of the WHO African Region based on the resolutions and recommendations of the Governing Bodies as well as the Transformation Agenda of the Regional Office regarding prevention, prediction, early detection, early warning, rapid and effective response, and recovery activities to public health effects of emergencies and disasters including disease outbreaks, using an all-hazard approach.

WHO Programme Budget Category 5 'Preparedness, Surveillance and Response' focuses on strengthening institutional, international and country capacities in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities for all types of hazards, risks and emergencies which pose a threat to human health. The capacities needed for health security and in public health emergencies include those identified in the International Health Regulations (2005) (emerging or re-emerging human and zoonotic diseases with the potential to cause outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics, food-safety incidents, chemical and radio-nuclear incidents, and antimicrobial drug resistance), as well as hazard-specific capacities related to other natural hazards. The category also encompasses ensuring rapid, effective and predictable response operations in acute and protracted emergencies arising from any hazard with health consequences.

Description of duties:
Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative (WR) and the strategic orientation of the Director Health Security and Emergencies (HSE) Cluster, the Regional Strategic Partnerships Portal Focal Point of the HSE Cluster and in consultation with Strategic Partnerships Portal Centre at Headquarters, the incumbent will serve as the WHO Country Office (WCO) Focal Point for the Country Strategic Partnerships Portal (CSPP) and support Data Management activities as appropriate. He/she will collect, triangulate, compile relevant information (financial, in-kind and in-service contributions to health security activities in the country from donors and technical assistance) ensuring their reliability and accuracy before updating the CSPP that will serve as the health security information hub in the country for all stakeholders. He/She will ensure increased leadership visibility of the WCO, transparency and accountability through convening CSPP partners meeting, preparation and publication of advocacy materials including briefing notes and press releases related to the media in collaboration with the WCO Health Promotion and Communications Officers.

He/she will be informed of AFRO's Transformation Agenda orientations and priorities related to health security and emergencies in general. The plan of work will be prepared under the direct supervision of the WR and in consultation with the Health Security and Emergencies Cluster Director or his designee. Reviews of the incumbent's performance will be based on the WHO PMDS, and will be guided by the broad programme goals, specific objectives and measurable indicators. New initiatives and long term plans required for the achievement of the programme's objectives will be discussed. Expected results will be reviewed to determine the achievement of objectives as set up in the work plan.

Within delegated authority, and under the supervision of WHO Representative, the National Professional Officer - Strategic Partnerships Portal & Data Management will be responsible for the following specific duties:
Assist WHO country office representative in managing and maintaining the Country Strategic Partnerships Portal (CSPP),
Work closely with the Regional Strategic Partnerships Portal focal point and the Strategic Partnerships Portal Centre at Regional Office and Headquarters by providing regular updates on local donor information,
Gather information on a regular basis in order to map out the financial contributions to health security activities from donors to the country, including technical assistance, and in-kind and in-service contributions, to update the WHO Strategic Partnerships Portal.
Provide regular updates to the WHO Representative, the WHO Regional Office and the Headquarters focal point in order to update the Portal;
Ensure the reliability and accuracy of such information, and note its sensitivity, by filling in the appropriate fields of the Strategic Partnerships Portal data entry page;
Support the development of advocacy materials about the Country Strategic Partnerships Portal to provide to local donors and multi-stakeholder technical partners in the country;
Identify key issues and propose actions to be considered for the improvement of Country Strategic Partnerships Portal;
Assist the WHO Representative in preparing briefing notes and other relevant updates.
Participate in the weekly global Strategic Partnerships Portal conference call and share updates on donors' activities in the country;
Support the WHO Country office to collate and compile health data relevant to health security and emergencies preparedness and response
Perform other duties as required.
Essential: University degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Statistics, Biostatistics, Health Informatics or Applied Mathematics. Training in quantitative analysis and analytical content analysis.

Desirable: Training in Epidemiology or Public Health
Competencies: Generic (Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required - See WHO competency model - list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones)
1) Producing results
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way 3) Fostering integration and teamwork
4) Knowing and managing yourself

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Excellent and meticulous data management skills, including analysis and synthesis of data. Ability to work with large sets of data and multiple indicators. Ability to consolidate information from multiple sources and prepare strategic information and reports for decision makers
Advanced command and proficient knowledge of MS Office and related applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc.) including programming.
Understanding of public health programs is required,
Strong oral and written communication skills
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
Ability to work in a team and dedication to collaboration.
A high sense of responsibility, and the ability to be efficient, reliable, result-oriented and intuitive. Excellent organizational skills.
Advanced knowledge of statistical software (SPSS, R or STATA) and content analysis packages (MaxQDa, NVivo or Atlas.ti) would be an added advantage.

Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point and data processing.

Essential: At least 5 years of experience in data management, information management or related fields. Experience with collation and analysis of large datasets from multiple sources. Experience in complex data analysis.
Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of French.



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