Programme Area Manager, Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR (CPI) At World Health Organization (WHO)



The objective of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. CPI objectives include the monitoring and evaluation of countries’ preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for IHR core capacities and all-hazard emergency preparedness, advancing operational readiness, and acting as the Secretariat of the International Health Regulations (2005). CPI has an all-hazards approach and involves all three levels of the Organization. CPI prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries. The intersectoral nature of emergency preparedness entails extensive collaboration and coordination with other WHO units/departments, a large partnership with other international organizations and the consideration of several global frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to health, emergencies and disasters, the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, One Health, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) framework, the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS Pathway), the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response Strategy (IDSR), and the regional strategies for disaster risk management. CPI coordinates its activities with international and national initiatives such as the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030.



  1. Contribute to WHO’s organization-wide work in the development, implementation and oversight of relevant policies, strategies, programmes of work, and annual work-plans in health emergency preparedness & International Health Regulation including the development and implementation of readiness action plans.
  2. Lead and coordinate EMRO’s technical and operational support to WHO country offices in the management of all-hazards health emergency risks, capacity building in relation to points of entry, transport systems, and mass gathering.  Leads and coordinates efforts for overall community preparedness and resilience in relation to identified risks and vulnerabilities.
  3. Provide technical expertise and oversee the work activities of the CPI team in maintaining and disseminating technical guidelines and other knowledge products for the monitoring and evaluation of countries’ preparedness for health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities.
  4. Lead, oversee and coordinate WHO’s work and country support related to the strengthening of country-level of health emergency preparedness and implementation of and compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005).  Leverage technical capacities of other WHE Units and EMRO Technical Departments on areas such as surveillance, laboratory science, case management, One Health, zoonoses, etc.
  5. Lead the identification and implementation of innovative approaches for establishing evidence-based policies and strategies to strengthen the national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities.
  6. Contribute to the advancement of all-hazards emergency management capacities of Member States, including effectively managed public health emergency operations centres (PHEOCs) and the development and advancement of Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs).
  7. Ensure close collaborative working arrangements with other technical units and departments in regional and headquarters’ offices to develop context specific approaches.
  8. Build strategic partnerships and networks throughout the region, represent WHO and its positions in negotiations in relevant interagency and international fora involved promoting health emergency preparedness, the International Health Regulations (2005), and the One Health approach.
  9. Promote and enhance ongoing coordination with all relevant stakeholders and provide advice on implementation and operational issues.
  10. Provide high quality technical inputs and guidance to support the development of critical core capacities for global health security including providing training and support to high vulnerable countries to develop critical core capacities.
  11. Act for the Regional Emergency Director in his/her absence, as requested.
  12. Ensure that WHO’s Code of Ethics and the WHO Policy on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct are consistently observed in all of CPI’s work, including in support of country programmes.
  13. Perform Other tasks as agreed with supervisor.




Essential: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in a health related field, management, emergency, humanitarian disaster management, or in public health or related field.

Desirable: Specialized training in epidemiology or infectious diseases.  Specialized training in emergency/humanitarian preparedness and response. Training in leadership or management.


Essential: At least 15 years of international and national professional experience in planning, developing and implementing health security, emergency, surveillance, disease control and/or public health programmes, including at least 5 years of management experience in recognized leadership positions with direct responsibility for managing both human and financial resources. Relevant experience with the inter-agency mechanisms used to coordinate international preparedness for and response to health emergencies, including those most relevant to coordination of health policy and action in health emergencies.

Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO and/or other UN agencies; experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations. Field experience in public health programmes or emergency response programmes in developing countries.


  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership and team management skills in international and multicultural settings, including the proven capacity to lead and deliver on deadlines during periods of intense stress and activity.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide independent leadership in such periods with capacity to organize, monitor and synthesize information quickly and concisely.
  • Proven ability to successfully coordinate, manage and lead projects, and build partnerships, across agencies and organizational departments in the context of health emergencies.
  • Thorough knowledge of the 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 expertise in all-hazard emergency preparedness and operational readiness.
  • Proven ability to convene and coordinate experts from across other public health disciplines and sectors to achieve common objectives.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing public health strategies in overall community preparedness and resilience in relation to identified risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal with proven ability to communicate in a clear and effective way, with tact, diplomacy and courtesy


  1. Teamwork*
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences*
  3. Communication*
  4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  5. Moving forward in a changing environment
  6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment


Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Working knowledge of French or another WHO language would be an asset.


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 106,023 (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 3137 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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