Status: CLOSED



World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Health Emergency Officer in Copenhagen, Denmark. The duration of this position is 12 months.

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

Emergency Operations within the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance, as well as representation to key interagency bodies.


1. Provide technical support to the country-level operations for protracted and on-going emergencies, in line with established technical standards (e.g. Sphere), best practices, protocols and guidelines (e.g. IASC). Liaise with technical departments across the Organization and support a selected number of country offices on issues related to the response to emergencies;

2. Support the development of humanitarian response plans, by reviewing these plans to ensure their coherence and consistency with global and regional policies for WHO emergency operations. Assist in reviewing country project proposals for emergency response operations, in coordination with the other WHE staff and the Partnerships team to ensure overall regional coherence, review progress and follow up on donor reports;

3. Support the efficient flow of partner contributions in support of country response operations with particular attention to carrying out assessments, monitoring, information-sharing and reporting;

4. Support capacity-building by delivering training activities and exercises to strengthen operational capacities of WHO and partners;

5. Contribute to development of global policies, technical standards, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and their application at the regional level, ensuring the adherence to interagency policies;

6. Undertake country-level support missions, make recommendations on related priorities and issues and capture lessons learned;

7. Provide regular updates and reports to senior management on key developments, challenges, operational implications, and propose recommendations for all Grade 3 and Grade 2 (infectious) emergencies for which the staff member is the focal point; contribute to the development of briefings for senior staff and to the development of communications products;

8. Participate in the WHE Emergency Support Team for acute emergencies, in support to Country Offices, as needed; deploy immediately to acute emergencies, as requested;

9. Contribute to the development and review of information products and briefings, donor-related briefs and reports and other communication materials, to enhance WHO and WHE visibility at time of emergencies.Perform all other related duties as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.


  • University degree in medicine, public health or health-related discipline;
  • Specialization or specific training on health emergencies;
  • At least 5 years experience in health emergency response, health response support, public health needs assessments, risk analysis or early recovery;
  • Expert knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 59,151 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3135 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please visit the following link.

For more information, please visit the official web page.




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