National Professional Officer – EHA, Sittwe, Myanmar 301 views

National Professional Officer


( 1905261 )

Grade : NO-A

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration : 6 to 12 months

Job Posting: Dec 10, 2019, 4:09:19 AM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from out breaks and emergencies. The overall objective of the programme is to reduce health consequences of emergencies and disasters, and to support restoring of regular health programmes and services as soon as the emergency situation is over with minimum interruption.

Following are few specific objectives: Objective 1: To enhance capacity of health sector on preparedness and response to disasters in cognizance of and in accordance with sustainable development goals.

Objective 2: To support strengthening capacity for timely response to disasters and related health emergencies reaching universally to all affected populations and restoring regular health services which are accessible to all populations, with minimum interruption in service provision and supplies of essential health commodities.

Objective 3: To strengthen communicable disease surveillance and control in the context of disasters and emergencies.

Objective 4: To ensure that effective coordination mechanism is in place with all stakeholders in the event of disasters and emergencies, and to facilitate engagement of establish linkages with relevant non-health sectors having health-oriented functions.


Under the direct supervision of Technical Officer (WHE) and in close coordination with the NPO (WHE-ERM) based in Naypyitaw, and with overall guidance of WHO Representative to Myanmar, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Work as WHE-ERM and Health Cluster focal point in Rakhine State and assist in the provision of management and technical support for coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of humanitarian health activities during emergencies and disasters.
  • Coordinate with Health Cluster partners including Government ministries and counterparts, OCHA, and other Clusters/Sectors as required for joint project implementation as well as information sharing and reporting updates and situational reports.
  • Work closely with the emergency response focal person from the State Health Department (SHD) and Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) to provide technical support for disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and community-based disaster risk management activities in disaster prone areas and townships.
  • Represent WHE-ERM and the Health Cluster in relevant coordination meetings (e.g. inter-cluster coordination group, area humanitarian country team, general coordination meetings, donor and other applicable ad hoc meetings) as advised by the Technical Officer (WHE) and the WHO representative.
  • Liaise with concerned staff at WHO Myanmar for timely disbursement of emergency funds, commodities and other logistic supplies to MoHS and partners.
  • Conduct regular supervision visits to internally displaced population camps, temporary displacement sites, vulnerable communities, and disaster-affected or disaster-prone areas in Rakhine State, and provide relevant support to MoHS, SHD, and Health Cluster partners as required.
  • Assist and support MoHS and WHE-ERM team in the preparation and timely submission of technical and financial reports to WHO and donors, as per requirements.
  • Assist the focal person of MoHS in the preparation of progress or situational reports requested by WHO Myanmar and WHO SEARO
  • Provide relevant contributions in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the WHE emergency risk management-related matters as contained in WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2019-2023, MoHS-WHO collaborative programmes 2020-2021 and beyond, Myanmar National Health Plan 2017-21 and beyond, Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Plan 2018-2030, WHO SEARO Regional Director’s regional flagships, and Humanitarian Response Plan for Myanmar 2020 and beyond.
  • Perform any other relevant tasks that may be assigned by Technical Officer (WHE) or WHO Representative to Myanmar.



  • Essential: Degree in Medicine or equivalent degree in public health, epidemiology or related field from a recognised university or institution of higher learning
  • Desirable: Post-graduate degree, certificate or equivalent professional training, self-study or work experience in disaster management, health cluster coordination or related areas applicable for practical field operations.


  • Essential: At least one (1) year of relevant work experience in public health emergencies or disasters, humanitarian health response or health cluster coordination.
  • Desirable: Previous work experience with UN agencies or NGOs in humanitarian health response in Rakhine State, Myanmar.


  • Expertise in public health, disaster management, communicable disease surveillance and outbreak response, epidemiology or health cluster coordination.
  • Good understanding in disaster management, communicable disease surveillance, and health cluster coordination.
  • Relevant experience in coordination during emergencies and disasters.
  • Good communication skills and excellent use of computer and information technology.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Myanmar.
  • Desirable: Expert knowledge of local dialects.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 22,591 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level at ‘Sittwe’, ‘Myitkyina’, ‘Nay Pyi Taw’ and other duty stations in Myanmar.
  • 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: 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.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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