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WHO Jobs: National Professional Officer 2021

Job Title: National Professional Officer 

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Grade: NO-B

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 1 year

Closing Date: Jun 4, 2021, 12:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Lebanon-Beirut

Organization Unit: EM_LEB WHO Representative’s Office, Lebanon

Schedule: Full-time  

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To provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and other relevant Departments and partners in Lebanon as well as participation in capacity building activities, setting policies and strategies and development of operational protocols, liaison with the MoH and partners at national and regional levels to strengthen national preparedness, facilitate implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and Sendai Framework for resilient health system and health security.


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Ensure timely and proper implementation of WHO activities in the area of Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other sectors

2. Provide technical insight to the MOH in developing/updating national plan of action for health security

3. Provide technical insight to the MoH in developing/updating country profile for potential hazards and national public health plan for emergency preparedness and response to all hazards and hazard specific contingency plans

4. Contribute effectively to the risk assessments and evaluation of all-hazard health emergencies in line with the IHR (2005)

5. Provide technical advice at country level on priority issues such as: emergency preparedness, surveillance and response; strengthening health systems, operational readiness and essential public health functions.

6. Act as focal point for emergency preparedness and response and collaborate actively with, the Incident Management team in the country and in the Regional Office in case of a graded emergency.

7. Collect and analyze data and information required for any WHE-related documents to be presented to WHO Governing bodies, for the work and deliberation of an IHR Emergency Committee or an IHR Review Committee or a technical consultation, when convened.

8. Create channels of communication with relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation, monitoring and evaluation of capacities in line with IHR (2005) requirements, as well as the identification of financing for WHE country plans.

9. Link with institutions, associations and non-governmental agencies and scientific bodies, for exchange of information, coordination of activities and implementation of sector wide approaches.

10. Foster collaboration with partners and donors at national, regional and global level to support the country to finance and implement national plans

11. Prepare for and organize technical missions/workshops for strengthening emergency preparedness and response

12. Perform other emergency related activities as requested by WR



Essential: University degree in medicine or public health, or allied health professions (AHPs)
Desirable: Master or postgraduate training in Public Health or other relevant areas. Specialized training in emergency/disaster preparedness and response.


Essential: At least two years of relevant experience in implementation of emergency preparedness programmes/projects
Desirable: Relevant work experience in UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Relevant experience in the implementation of International Health Regulations (2005).


1. Excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of IHR (2005) and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

2. Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to communicate with partners

3. Demonstrated capacity to write technical documents in a clear and concise manner

4. Familiarity with other global health security threats in the region, as well as issues and practices for disease prevention and control

5. Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and produce results under pressure.

6. Knowledge of the UN and humanitarian systems for emergency response and preparedness.

7. Good presentation and writing skills

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English, French and Arabic.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at LBP 102,079,000 (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
  • 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.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • 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.
  • For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.  Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.

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