WHO Emergency Workforce Development Officer – Jobs in Kenya

Objectives of the Programme

The mission of WHO’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Programme is to help countries coordinate international action, prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

Purpose of the Position

In the context of the WHO Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Directorate, the incumbent will systematically track the emergency workforce at the Regional level. He/She will work closely with the human resource team and the other units within the EPR program to build a robust emergency workforce.

The aim is to ensure we have a robust regional emergency workforce readily available to respond rapidly to and address the HR needs of WHO Country Offices (WCOs) and Member States. The incumbent is expected to work outside of regular office hours during emergencies.

Description of Duties

During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified based on the technical needs of the Programme. The incumbent will be responsible for the below duties:

Develop/establish/strengthen a system for rapid identification and deployment of experts

Provide response teams with a list of available experts based on request

Support the development of roster calls to identify experts

Support the committee responsible for review of CVs for expert identification

Provide regular update report on emergency workforce in the region

Follow up with HR on the rapid deployment and recruitment of experts

Support SURGE flagship initiative on workforce development

Collaborate with capacity building officer to keep track of trained experts within the region

Support the review/develop ToRs for the different IMS functions

Support the adaptation / development / updating of the tools for surge management, information management & Perform analysis (KPIs, HR request to AFRO etc)

Maintain a platform for continuous interaction with the pool of experts including regular simulations exercises

Negotiate with the experts’ employers and sign memorandum of understanding for immediate release upon need for deployment as part of a surge team.

Updating / develop SoPs for Activation and deactivation of Surge

Conduct assessments for WHO, WCO and partner skills capacity gaps and develop a schedule of capacity building.

Identifying and collaborate with partner/professional training institutions

Establishment of national emergency workforce roster

Support capacity building of the selected experts by updating/developing/ training and pre-deployment and deployment briefing materials/ tools, SoPs, guidelines, PMDs etc

Develop training modules to address the various skills gaps for capacity development including online and offline trainings etc

Necessary survival kits are available for staff to be deployed including First aid kits, PEP kits, PPE, and personal or office logistics including Visibility materials, IT etc.

Perform any other related incident-specific duties as required by the functional supervisor.

Required Qualifications


Essential: Master’s degree in public health Business administration and management, Business, or related to the functions of the position.


Essential: At least seven years of related experience, at the national and international levels, emergency management.

Desirable: Prior emergency disaster and health outbreak response or humanitarian working experience in the field level, with WHO/UN, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or with an international nongovernmental organization.


Strong skills in the area of developing and establishing polices and strategies;

Excellent skills and ability in managing diverse teams.

Good skills in mobilizing resources.

Demonstrated ability to act independently, exercise sound judgment and take initiative

Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Producing results

Ensuring the effective use of resources

Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills:

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Knowledge of another WHO language would be an asset


WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 8,157,289 KES – Kenyan Shillings (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable).

Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

Additional Information

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position.

WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

For information on WHO’s operations please visit: http://www.who.int.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.

WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment, and other types of abusive conduct.
To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background.

Verification of final candidates.

WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/ Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
For more information and job application details, see; https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2207260&tz=GMT%2B05%3A30&tzname=Asia%2FCalcutta

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