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…
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.