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The mission of WHO’s 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. The Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems division (WSE) is responsible for building a system of collaborative intelligence to enable better decisions to avert and manage public health threats and risks. Its goal is to enable, strengthen and support countries, regional and global actors in averting and managing public health threats and risks through collaborative problem solving and decision-making for short-term action and long-term policies, informed by better data and analytics. The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is a new office of WHO, located in Berlin. It works with partners to support the generation of relevant public health information to provide timely actionable insights and improve decision making to prepare for, avert and respond to public health threats. It also aims to reduce fragmentation and inefficiency by creating an ecosystem that promotes collaboration across multiple professional disciplines, sectors, and initiatives; and empower decision makers, public health professionals, and civil society to make informed public health decisions.


  • Provides technical leadership, coordination and managerial support within the Department/Programme, in the Unit of Public Health Intelligence Networks ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • Develops and proposes technical health policies and strategies for implementation through collaboration with Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in developing further the area of networks and collaboration for strengthening and improving technical capacity of target clienteles.
  • Oversees a team of staff specialized in various domains and facilitates strong teamwork.
  • Supports the Department and Unit to deliver on its objectives through efficient management of staff and financial resources as well as effective work planning to optimize the programme’s deliverables in-line with the mandate of the Organization.
  • Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity building in the respective area of work.
  • Manages the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms within the team to optimize performance of programme deliverables.
  • Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies, and other stakeholders at the technical levels in the respective area of expertise.
  • Liaises with and utilizes partnerships in other UN Agencies, Donor, and research institutions in networks and collaboration to position the area of work and implementation into global and/or national policies.
  • Represents the programme at various meetings to advocate for partnerships and collaboration in Collaborative Surveillance.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned. 

Specific duties:

  • Develops and manages an external engagement framework for WSE, to facilitate an efficient and predictable approach to its collaborations.
  • Provides guidance for the development of networks and collaborations across the division.
  • Identifies and develops a set of diverse partnerships with Member States, External Partners, and UN Agencies in support of WSE’s objectives, to enable the implementation of the Collaborative Surveillance concept.
  • Advocates for the financing of global, regional and national Collaborative Surveillance activities, in the context of HEPR, in collaboration with WHO HQ’s External Relations Division and WHE’s Strategic Planning and Partnerships department.
  • Facilitates the engagement of the WHO Hub with German stakeholders, in close collaboration with WHO HQ’s External Relations Division.
  • Contributes to raising WSE and the WHO Hub’s visibility and impact in line with its strategic goals and objectives.
  • Provides strategic guidance to the Director, Collaborative Intelligence and WSE senior management teams to identify funding, technical and other support from partner organizations.



  • Essential: An advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in public health, international policy, international relations, development studies, management or economics related to the functions of the position.
  • Desirable: A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.


  • Essential: A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the management of networks and collaboration, including experience providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision makers, managing human and financial resources, as well as experience in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies. Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of UN languages.





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