Emergency Officer – WHO


Job Description

Organization:World Health Organization
Job Title:Emergency Officer, Consultant – (2200509)
Contractual Arrangement:External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days):0,5,0
Job Posting:20/01/2022 11:04:58 AM
Closing Date:30/01/2022 1:59:00 AM
Primary Location:Sudan
Organization:EM_SUD WHO Representative’s Office, Sudan

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1. Purpose of the Consultancy

    The Emergency Officer works under the direct supervision of the WHE Coordinator and with technical guidance from the technical officers in WHE. The consultant will be deployed to a WHO sub-offices or presences in one of the 18 states of Sudan affected by emergencies. S/he is expected to support the scale up of WHO public health response to acute emergencies and to support WHO preparedness for upcoming emergencies in the state he/she is assigned to. He/she is expected to perform his/her duties and responsibilities with highest degree of efficiency and sound judgment.


   Over the last years, Sudan went through a severe socio-economic and political crisis, which results in an increase of vulnerable populations throughout the country.

The fragile health system struggles to respond to multiple parallel emergencies such as Covid 19, outbreaks of dengue fever, Hepatitis E, Measles, the influx of refugees and population displacements due to intercommunal tensions.

Since the military takeover in October 2021, increasing violence the big cities and in the Darfur states increases the humanitarian needs. It is furthermore expected that the deterioration of the conflict in Tigray will lead to an influx of refugees and might destabilise the East of Sudan. 

The proposed consultancy aims to support WHO CO Sudan health emergency preparedness and response in Sudan through technical expertise and to support scale up in response to the quickly changing contexts. 

 In collaboration with WHO teams in the state and in line with the existing strategy for preparedness and response, the consultant is expected to implement emergency projects based on needs assessments and to work on the preparedness for upcoming emergencies. Furthermore, the incumbent delivers capacity building training activities to various target audiences.

2. Planned timeline

Start date: 1 February 2022      End date:   15 July 2022 

3. Work to be performed

  • Conduct regular field visits in the respective state of assignment to monitor the situation of vulnerable populations especially refugees/displaced populations in terms of access to and quality of health services and timely and regular dissemination of WHO updated information (e.g. reports)..
  • Provides Needs assessments and public health situation analysis in support to the emergency team in the states to ensure that emergency preparedness and response is based on reliable and up-to-date information and corresponds to WHO standards and guidelines
  • Support the development of project proposals for emergency preparedness and response in direct implementation or through health partners and identification of suitable health partners with adequate capacities.
  • Follow up on the implementation though Direct Implementation and through NGO partners and collection and analysis of project data, timely reporting  and proposition of corrective measures when applicable
  • Working closely with MoH and other health partners to strengthen the routine information related to status of health facilities, medical needs , quality of health care and gaps in services for vulnerable populations.
  • Participation in health sector coordination meetings and liaison with relevant health partners on state level when requested (MOH, health partners, UN agencies)
  • Follow-up of the star-tool based multi-hazard planning exercise and of the operationalisation and implementation of the multi-hazard preparedness and response plan on state level
  • Coordination with local health teams, vertical programmes, emergency and other partners to assign proper preparedness activities, including monitoring supplies  distribution according to set standards and proper utilisation of items by partners.
  • Identification of training needs for respective target audiences, development of comprehensive plans for capacity building and implementation of capacity building activities based on WHO trainings including assessment of impact.

4. Deliverables:

  • Contribution to weekly reports and data analysis to inform the overall analysis of the public health situation and the planning of the response according to respective setting
  • Submit needs assessments, proposals and activity reports according to changes in context and emergency situation
  • Conduct Weekly activity data in WHE through data collection system (centralised tables)
  • Provide an end of mission report

The selected Consultant will work under the supervision of:

Responsible Officer:HEINZELMANN, AnnetteEmail:[email protected]

5. Specific requirements

Qualifications :

Required:  University degree in Medicine.

Desirable: Master in public health/ epidemiology or disaster management

Work experience:

     At least 2 years of experience required in public health emergency preparedness and response

Demonstrated knowledge of health sector activities in the context of emergency preparedness and response/relief

Excellent skills in the assessment, surveillance in the context of emergency situations.

Desirable: Experience in capacity building , experiences in trauma care, experience in outbreak response management

Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals or experience in UN Organizations, international institutions or NGOs is considered an asset.


– Communicating in a credible and effective manner: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listens actively. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared.

-Producing Results: Produces and delivers quality results. Is action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes.

-Knowing and managing yourself: Manages ambiguity and pressure in a self-reflective way. Uses criticism as a development opportunity. Seeks opportunities for continuous learning and professional growth.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.

Languages Essential: 

Fluent knowledge of Arabic and English.

6. Place of assignment

Different states in Sudan

7. Medical clearance

The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.

8. Travel

In-country travel.

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