Team Leader

World Health Organization

The objective of the WHO Nepal Country Office is to implement the Country Cooperation Strategy by supporting the Nepal Government in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of national health policies, strategies and plans and developing and managing WHO's technical cooperation programmes at the country level. WHO provides guidance and technical support in organizing the humanitarian health response and in revitalizing…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Category Management ,NGO's | INGO's | GOV's

Job Description

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Emergency Director WHO/SEARO and under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative to Nepal, and in close coordination with other members of the WHE team of WCO Nepal and WHO-SEARO and in collaboration with other teams within WCO Nepal and key external stakeholders, the Team Leader-WHE will perform the following duties:

Strengthening and testing Emergency Risk Management & Health Security Systems:

1. Coordinate all aspects of the WHE programme, at the country level, to ensure the concerted approach of WHO in the areas of Emergency Information Management, Country Preparedness and International Health Regulations (2005), Risk & Situation Assessments and Infectious Hazards Management.

2. Support national health authorities, partner with UN agencies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations/institutions, academic/research institutions and professional associations to:

  • Strengthen the national capability to prepare and respond to health emergencies from all hazards, ensure the required national procedures, skills, coordination mechanisms and health systems are strengthened to manage identified risks.
  • Assess and map existing and emerging health risks in the country and prepare a national risk profile based on appropriate risk assessments in line with the national risk assessment strategy.
  • Identify, enumerate and map populations vulnerable to/affected by prioritized risks and assess their coping capacities and health needs in cooperation with technical units at RO and HQ level and relevant technical partners.
  • In collaboration with technical units at RO and HQ level and relevant technical partners, assess the capacity and competency development system; human and technical resources; coordination and collaboration mechanisms available to manage prioritized risks through appropriate capacity needs assessments and develop national strategies and training programmes for capacity enhancement such as for:
    • Field Epidemiology; Public Health Emergency Management including at Points of Entry; Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response; Emergency Medical Teams (EMT); Pre and Post- Hospital Emergency Care Systems and Professionals; Epidemic Rapid Response Teams (ERRT) and Outbreak Management; Emergency Health Information Management; Post-Disaster Surveillance; Risk, Situation and Post-Disaster Needs Assessment; Risk, Crisis and Media Communications; Simulations and After Action Reviews; Process, Outcome and Impact Assessments/Evaluation and Knowledge Management, etc.
  • Develop/Revise the National Action Plan on Health Security (NAPHS) based on the national risk profile,  the consolidated findings of the State Party Annual Reporting (SPAR) on IHR and the recommendations of the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of IHR. Take additional action, including the development of preparedness and response/contingency plans for specific high priority risks such as seasonal, zoonotic and pandemic influenza; cholera and other water/food borne diseases; dengue, zika and other vector borne diseases; Nipah and other zoonotic diseases.
  • Assess capacities for emergency management, including preparedness, and the development/revision of a National Health Emergency Response Plan and take additional action, including the development of preparedness and response /contingency plans for specific high priority hazards such as earthquakes; floods, landslides and droughts; and mass casualty incidents due to road traffic accidents, etc.
  • Mobilize and coordinate resources, oversee the operational and strategic planning of the health preparedness and response plans, identify resource needs and funding gaps; encourage donors to fund the overall health sector risk reduction / preparedness and response to vulnerable / affected populations.

3. Represent WHO to external stakeholders, including donors and partners, with respect to the country operations. Coordinate with other agencies and I/NGOs through the Health Cluster approach and directly as operational implementing partner.

Strengthening and testing Emergency Response Systems:

4. Lead WHO’s emergency response programme at national or subnational levels including through coordination with relevant RO and HQ colleagues for capacity building of all WCO staff to perform their assigned roles as per the WCO Business Continuity and Contingency Plans in line with the WHO Emergency Response Framework.

5. Advise and support the MoHP for the establishment/strengthening of Incident Management System/Health Emergency Operations Centre (IMS/HEOC) at national and sub-national levels for information management and coordination of multi-sectoral emergency response that includes staffing, defined roles/responsibilities and resources for key functional areas.Support the regular testing of the emergency response system through functional exercises at the national and sub-national levels.

6. Advise and support the MoHP for the establishment/strengthening of Hub and Satellite Hospitals networks across the country which are safe, resilient and ready to undertake surge health response for multi-hazard emergencies/disasters in a coordinated manner with adequately stocked and managed Emergency Medical Logistics Warehouses, trained staff with defined roles/responsibilities and resources for all functional areas of the hospital IMS as per the Hospital Emergency/Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans. Support the regular testing of the hospital emergency response system through functional exercises at the national and sub-national levels.

7. Advise and support the MoHP and other key ministries and partners for the establishment/strengthening of emergency health care systems to ensure the provision of a range of critical emergency health care services from the community/pre-hospital level to the post-hospital and rehabilitation levels integrated and harmonized with hospital-based emergency health care services.

8. Coordinate the development, dissemination, training on and use of Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for all health sector and hospital IMS functions and public health interventions to manage priority risks (including enhanced surveillance, investigation and rapid response, contact tracing, sampling, infection prevention and control, outbreak vaccination, risk communication, etc.) at the level of the MoHP/Health Cluster to effectively implement the Business Continuity and Contingency Plans.

9. Develop capacity to effectively monitor and evaluate processes, outputs, outcomes and impact of response and recovery interventions; conduct after action reviews, analyze, synthesize and share learning, challenges and smart practices from policy, strategic and field interventions using systematic knowledge management frameworks.

Antimicrobial Resistance Containment:

10. Lead and coordinate the WHO support for the effective implementation of the National Action Plan on Anti-Microbial Resistance (NAP-AMR) and priority WHO actions aimed at piloting and demonstrating one-health focused AMR Surveillance; Anti-Microbial Use; Anti-Microbial Stewardship; Infection Prevention & Control; Operations Research; Training & Capacity Building; Evidence-based Policy Advocacy, Communications and Community Engagement.

Operations and Finance:

11. Lead the planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies, operational and HR plans for the WHO’s overall emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities in line with the WCO Business Continuity and Contingency Plans and the National Action Plan on AMR.

12. Oversee the management, distribution and pre-positioning of WHO and national emergency medical logistics stockpiles through appropriate emergency logistics management systems integrated and harmonized with routine logistics management systems.

13. Oversee the development of a detailed task-based work plan and budget for implementation of priority activities identified in the National Health Emergency Response Plan and NAP-AMR. Ensure the country and the WCO have accessible contingency funds for immediate response to emergencies, including, outbreaks at national and other appropriate sites.

14. Determine staffing needs, ensure the mobilization of the required human resources. Provide leadership, motivation, guidance, and performance management of staff and experts. Take concrete measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all WHO responders.

Monitoring and Reporting:

15. In cooperation with other levels of response authorize the release of related information, communications, advocacy products and statements to internal and external partners including donors as well as to the public.

16. Monitor and provide guidance and briefings to senior officials of the MoHP, WHO and partners as required, on the progress and implementation of preparedness and operational readiness activities and funded projects in alignment with the national action plans and throughout the emergency management and programme management cycle, including financial and implementation tracking, and output/impact monitoring.

Other Duties:

17. Perform any additional duties and discharge any additional responsibilities assigned by the WHO Representative or the Regional Emergency Director WHO/SEARO in consultation with the WHO Representative as needed.

Required Qualification & Experience

Education
Essential:University degree in Medicine with an advanced university degree in Epidemiology/Public Health/Health Management from an accredited/recognized academic institution.
Desirable:Training/proven competencies in disaster/emergency and outbreak management; Executive Management Training from a recognized institution; Leadership training in Health Cluster Coordination and Incident Management.

Experience
Essential: At least 10 years of related experience, at the national and international levels, in multi-sectoral coordination, strengthening country capacities and responding to emergencies and disasters, including infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters or complex emergencies. Experience in partnering with and coordinating health policy and strategic interventions; and operational interventions in emergency preparedness, response and recovery with a range of actors especially in a developing country setting.
Desirable: At least 5 years of relevant work experience with WHO and/or UN agencies, leading health cluster partners; and experience of working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations or health academia/health research.

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