Job: Country Preparedness & IHR (CPI) Officer at World Health Organization (WHO)

Job: Country Preparedness & IHR (CPI) Officer at World Health Organization (WHO)

We are the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system.
We do this by:

providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.
Leadership priorities
For each 6-year programme of work priority areas are identified where our leadership is most needed.Objectives of the Programme

To contribute to the alleviation of the burdenof communicable diseases, natural and man-made disasters on the people and communities in Nigeria for improvement of quality of life.

Description of Duties

Under the supervision and guidance of the WHE Team Lead, the incumbent provides technical support and facilitates the implementation of country activities in the area of country health emergency preparedness & IHR.
The specific duties are to: Oversee the development and implementation of strategies, norms, standards and tools as well as planning, monitoring and evaluation related to disease and vaccine preventable surveillance and response systems; prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases; disaster preparedness and response programme areas in the country; Assists with the development of strategic comprehensive multi-year plans (cMYPs), as well as annual operational workplans, and supports the ongoing monitoring of these plans
Coordinate development and implementation of a strategy, plan of action and implementation support to strengthen key programme monitoring and evaluation (integrated for IDSR, NCDs and immunization, RMNCAH programmes as a minimum) within the on-going sector wide M&E Framework.
Coordinate the Country Office support to the Ministry of Health in programme areas under the incumbent's supervision in order to ensure sound technical support for planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Build strong partnerships for the implementation of harmonized collaborative support of all stakeholders' programme areas.
Organize advocacy and promotion of country level activities for disease surveillance and response; prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and disaster preparedness and response in the country
Promote and support research activities on disease surveillance and response; prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and disaster preparedness and response in the country
Contribute as a member of the country office management team to the strategic thinking, planning, monitoring and evaluation of country objectives.
Act as first-line emergency responder in case of a country emergency in line with the ERF II and support the Incident Management team in the country in case of a graded emergency.
Support UN emergency teams, where relevant and in close collaboration with the Regional Office, support the provision of data and information required for any WHE-related documents to be presented to WHO Governing bodies, for the work and deliberation of an IHR Emergency Committee or an IHR Review Committee or a technical consultation. Advise the WHO country office issues related to disease surveillance and response; prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases and disaster preparedness and response in the country
Control of Communicable and Non Communicable Diseases and Disaster Preparedness and Response Undertake other duties as requested by the WHO Representative

Required Qualifications

Essential: Advanced University Degree in Medicine, a Health-related field or Public Health-related discipline.
Desirable: postgraduate training in Public Health or other relevant areas. Specialized training in emergency/disaster preparedness and response


Essential: Minimum seven years of national / international professional experience in planning, developing and implementing public health programmes/projects especially in health security, including emergency preparedness
Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Relevant experience in the implementation of International Health Regulations (2005) initiatives.


Knowledge of International Health Regulations (2005), the epidemiology of infectious diseases and other global health security threats, and of issues and practices for disease prevention and control.
Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.
Knowledge of the UN and humanitarian systems for emergency response and Preparedness.
Technical expertise in planning, monitoring and evaluating health systems.Proficiency in key computer applications. Computer abilities such as word processing, spread-sheets and analytical applications

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

Use of Language Skills:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 75,602 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3194 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

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