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Founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.

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About WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. Established in 1948, WHO works towards building a healthier future for people worldwide by providing leadership on global health matters, setting health priorities, coordinating international health responses, and promoting research and evidence-based policies.

WHO’s primary goal is to ensure that all people can attain the highest possible level of health. The organization works in collaboration with governments, international partners, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to address a wide range of health issues, including infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, health emergencies, environmental health, maternal and child health, mental health, and health systems strengthening.

WHO provides technical assistance and expertise to member states, supports the development of health policies and strategies, promotes health research and innovation, and provides guidance and standards for disease prevention, treatment, and control. The organization also plays a crucial role in monitoring global health trends, coordinating responses to health emergencies and outbreaks, and facilitating international cooperation and collaboration in health-related matters.

Through its regional offices and country offices, WHO works closely with national health authorities to support health programs, strengthen health systems, and improve access to essential health services. The organization also promotes health equity and social justice, advocating for the right to health and striving to reduce health inequalities among different populations and regions.

Overall, WHO serves as a global platform for promoting health, preventing diseases, and advancing universal health coverage, with a vision of a world in which all people can enjoy the highest standard of health and well-being.

Why work at WHO

Working at the World Health Organization (WHO) offers numerous benefits and opportunities for individuals passionate about improving global health. Here are some compelling reasons why people choose to work at WHO:

  1. Global Impact: WHO operates on a global scale, addressing health challenges that affect populations around the world. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to contribute to meaningful and impactful work that has the potential to save lives and improve the health and well-being of people worldwide.
  2. Public Health Leadership: WHO is recognized as a leading authority in public health. Being part of WHO means working alongside experts and professionals who are at the forefront of shaping global health policies, strategies, and guidelines. It offers a platform to influence health agendas, advocate for evidence-based interventions, and drive positive change in the field of public health.
  3. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: WHO brings together professionals from diverse backgrounds, including medicine, public health, epidemiology, research, policy, and administration. Collaboration and teamwork are integral to WHO’s work, providing opportunities to work with experts from different disciplines, cultures, and regions. This multidisciplinary approach fosters innovation, learning, and the exchange of ideas.
  4. Health Emergency Response: WHO plays a critical role in responding to health emergencies and outbreaks, such as pandemics, natural disasters, and humanitarian crises. Working at WHO offers the chance to contribute to emergency response efforts, provide technical expertise, and support countries in managing and mitigating health emergencies. This aspect of the work allows for rapid deployment and the ability to make a tangible difference in times of crisis.
  5. Learning and Professional Development: WHO is committed to professional development and continuous learning. The organization provides a wealth of training opportunities, capacity-building programs, and access to cutting-edge research and knowledge in various health areas. Working at WHO offers a platform for personal growth, skill enhancement, and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in global health.
  6. Collaborative Partnerships: WHO collaborates closely with governments, other United Nations agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to engage in partnerships and networks that facilitate collaboration, knowledge sharing, and collective action towards achieving global health goals.
  7. Diverse and Inclusive Work Environment: WHO values diversity, inclusivity, and gender equality. It strives to create a work environment that respects and values individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Working at WHO provides the opportunity to be part of a diverse workforce that fosters mutual respect, cultural understanding, and equal opportunities for all.
  8. International Exposure: WHO operates in various regions and countries around the world. Working at WHO offers the chance to gain international experience, work in different settings, and contribute to health initiatives across different regions and cultures. This exposure enhances cross-cultural understanding, broadens professional networks, and enriches personal experiences.

Position: Health Operations Manager – (2403647)

Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Contract Duration: 1 year (extension subject to function’s need, funding availability, and incumbent’s satisfactory performance)
Closing Date: May 9, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Cairo, Egypt
Organization: WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
Schedule: Full-time

ob Description:

During deployment, the duty station and duties may be subject to change based on the technical needs of the Health Emergencies Programme. The Health Operations Manager will be responsible for managing the team, guiding the implementation of the response plan, and ensuring standards and norms are met. They will collaborate with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and partners to implement effective prevention, control, and response measures. The following duties may be performed by the incumbent depending on the incident level and complexity:

Health Resources Availability and Population Needs:

  1. Oversee the implementation of in-depth health sector assessments and needs analysis in collaboration with the Health Cluster and Health Information Management teams.
  2. Actively participate in Health Cluster needs assessments, including Multi Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessments and Humanitarian Needs Overviews.

Communicable Diseases:

  1. Plan and implement communicable diseases programs to address outbreak risks and health emergencies. Co-develop action plans for interventions and recommend measures for high-risk groups.
  2. Monitor and investigate outbreak risks, and disseminate related data.
  3. Manage rapid response teams for alert investigations, field risk assessments, and early response.
  4. Support information systems on communicable diseases and monitor progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). Facilitate integration with national health information systems.
  5. Report and treat communicable diseases activities periodically.
  6. Ensure technically sound and culturally appropriate messages to engage stakeholders in risk prevention, mitigation, and control.
  7. Assist national authorities in conducting vulnerability assessments and prioritizing interventions in affected areas.
  8. Support equipping health facilities with infrastructure, equipment, drugs, laboratories, and supplies to address risks and prevent infectious disease transmission.
  9. Monitor health facilities’ delivery of quality preventive and curative care, including routine services during crises. Provide recommendations when necessary.
  10. Support capacity building and training of local staff on preventive, diagnostic, control, and curative practices and standards.
  11. Provide recommendations and guidance on preventive and control measures to minimize excess morbidity and mortality.
  12. Provide technical assistance on vaccination, surveillance, vector control, infection control, sanitation, hygiene, water provision, and nutrient support.

Sciences and Research:

  1. Conduct research on causative factors, transmission, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment of excess morbidity and mortality. Recommend remedial actions.
  2. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:


  • Essential: Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in medicine, public health, epidemiology, tropical medicine, health systems/services administration, or related field. First university degree in medicine or public health from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Specialized training in emergency management; specific training in humanitarian response.


  • Essential: At least seven years of related experience at national and international levels in health operations, including managing outbreaks and health emergencies. Experience in managing human and financial resources.
  • Desirable: Relevant work experience in outbreaks and/or health emergency management, development and implementation of strategies and action plans within WHO or UN agencies, and working with NGOs, health cluster partners, or humanitarian organizations.


  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge of rapid response operations in public health emergencies, with the ability to handle difficult situations.
  • Proven ability to manage multidisciplinary and multinational staff.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public health theory, principles, methods, techniques, communicable diseases, and health service delivery.

WHO Competencies:

The Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model can be found at [link]

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships
  • Driving the organization’s position in health leadership
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of another WHO official language.


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