SSA – Health Emergency Coordination Officer 2 Posts at WHO May, 2020

SSA - Health Emergency Coordination Officer 2 Posts at WHO May, 2020

Purpose of the SSA:


In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the country level, the incumbent will supportto coordinate implementation of activities directed towards response to COVID-19 outbreak in the region of assignment. The incumbent will support to strengthen cordination structures in place including all the critical IMS functions with relevant regional and Ministry of Health (MOH) staff. Furthermore, the incumbent will facilitate involvement of WHO Country Office (WCO) in response interventions, provide guidance and participate in regional coordination with the regional taskforce and technical pillars on COVID -19 response teams.

The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Incident Manager (IM) in the regions and councils where response is supported by WHO, based on priorities set by the country office, working closely with counterparts at the respective region or national level.

Scope and Methodology

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Head of cluster and IM and general guidance of the WHE, the incumbent will perform the following:

Summary of Assigned Duties:

  • Support establishment of and provide operational guidance on regional level response coordination structures including all critical IMS functions with relevant regional level staff.
  • Support regions to conduct regular risk assessment for COVID -19 to inform the response planning.
  • Support development of regional level COVID – 19 response plans.
  • Support mentorship of Rapid Response Teams at regional level.
  • Support stakeholders mapping and engagement at the specific region.
  • Support local resource mobilization in the region and develop implementation budgets.
  • Guide establishment/convening of regional task force on regular basis, and specific technical subcommittee meetings on daily basis during response.
  • Participate in daily coordination meeting at regional level and provide guidance on response interventions Support the region to develop daily reports/situation reports for submission to national level.
  • Ensure effective coordination and communication with WCO.
  • Lead effective coordination and communication of partners’ response efforts at the region.
  • Prepare final debriefing note/report of response missions.
  • Participate in regional Rapid Response Teams missions to investigate alerts and cases of COVID -19.
  • Monitor implementation of response activities within the region
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

Technical Supervision

Objectives of the Review

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) in responding to COVID – 19 Pandemic is to assist the country’s response and, to coordinate international action, to promptly respond to COVID – 19 to stop the transmission and recover from COVID -19 Outbreak.




  • Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Working knowledge of Swahili, Knowledge of French or other UN language is an asset.


  • Essential: First level university degree in Medicine, Environmental Health, Nursing or Public Health from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Advanced university degree in, public health, field epidemiology or related field.


  • Essential: At least two years’related experience in outbreak or emergency response interventions in any region in the country.
  • Desirable: Prior humanitarian working experience at field level in management of disease outbreak or any public health emergency


  • Demonstrated knowledge of Health Emergency Management including Incident Management System and national health system.
  • Proven ability to multitask across planning and implementation processes within a highly demanding environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, competency and professional skills on the public health aspects of infectious disease control, epidemic and pandemic response with attention to application of an all hazard approach in the context of the International Health Regulations.
  • Skills in emergency response planning and coordination and monitoring.


  1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  2. Producing results
  3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  4. Teamwork
  5. Communication

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Working knowledge of online data collection applications, statistical analysis packages (Stata, SPSS, etc). Working knowledge of GIS mapping software (or similar) would be an asset



The Coordination officer will be stationed in one of the regions of United Republic of Tanzania.




  • The contract will be for (six (06) months


  • Grade: NOB-01


Interested and qualified applicants should send cover letter and comprehensive resume to the WHO Country Representative via the following email addresses; or use the following link to apply online

Deadline for submission of applications is Friday 8th May 2020

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