Deadline: 07 November, 2021

Location: Cairo, Egypt

World Health Organisation (WHO) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Technical Officer.

The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.


  • Provide technical leadership, guidance and expert advice related to the surveillance, detection and response to high threat pathogen diseases of epidemic and pandemic potentials that are specific to the region
  • Develop evidence-informed manuals, guidance, norms and standards for prevention and control of high threat pathogen diseases that are specific to the region
  • Establish partnerships to facilitate data analysis, epidemic intelligence, epidemic forecasting and knowledge sharing, in particular, on the disease transmission and public health impact, identify gaps in knowledge and develop plans and study protocols to address gaps
  • Implement plan of activities and monitor progress through expert networks
  • Monitor the risk of high threat pathogens, ensure quality of the information received from the field and inform timely senior management so that the organisation can get prepared for any change in the situation
  • Collaborate with the transfer of knowledge team to develop user-friendly materials for risk communication and training
  • Establish strong collaborations with other teams/departments at WHO and other partner agencies to cover the various aspects of the public health response to outbreaks
  • Support and advise WHO country offices on the development and implementation of strategic plans to establish and strengthen national response to outbreaks from high threat pathogens
  • Provide technical support for establishing appropriate surveillance system for early detection, containment and response to emerging and other high threat pathogens
  • Develop plans to improve/enhance surveillance capacities for event detection, verification and response
  • Provide support to the countries for development and implementation of appropriate policies and programmes for prevention and control of emerging diseases including those from high threat pathogens
  • Assist the countries to develop public health preparedness plans for high threat pathogens including for pandemic human influenza
  • Act as the technical lead in the incident management structure and establish strong collaborations with other teams/departments at WHO and other partner agencies
  • Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping as required


  • University degree in Medicine or another science-related field, with master’s degree in Public Health
  • Seven years, minimum, of experience working on the control and prevention of infectious diseases, including epidemic diseases, and networking with clinicians at national and international levels
  • Proven experience in managing finances, budgets and staff and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities
  • Proven primary responsibility for managing cross-cutting initiatives involving different departments or organisational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or a similar field
  • Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks
  • Expert knowledge of English
  • Intermediate knowledge of Arabic

To apply and for more information, click here.

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