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Disaster Preparedness and Response Job in Kenya

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Vacancy Notice No: KEN/VN/2012/05

Special Service Agreement – Disaster Preparedness and Response

Grade: NOC
Duration of contract: One year
Date: 15 Oct 2012
Application Deadline: 3 Nov 2012
Duty Station: Garissa

Applications are hereby invited from suitable Kenya nationals to fill the above post.

Terms of Reference:

Under the supervision of the WHO Country Representative - Kenya and in liaison with WHO Country Disaster Preparedness and Response Focal point the incumbent will provide technical assistance through the following functions.
  • Take up office management functions of the WHO sub-office in Garissa including; Supervision of staff, manage finances, oversee office operations, liaison with other agencies/partners and UN security field officers.
  • Work closely with the Provincial Directors Health to facilitate in implementation of the following activities;
  1. Support Provincial Health teams and /DMOHS to coordinate partner forums at the province and districts within the existing Government structures: supporting platforms for joint planning and coordinated health actions between national and international actors and also analyzing and mapping out all partners in the health sector. 
  2. Produce real time emergency health information and dissemination 
  3. Assist the MOH to collect and update data on IDSR priority diseases, malnutrition and other disasters;
  4. Assist the P/DMOHs in analyzing data and producing regular reports and facilitating the setting up of early warning system in the affected districts, in collaboration with the P/DMOS
  5. Facilitate rapid health and nutrition assessments in collaboration with the MOPHS and Partners as and as required;
  6. Supporting Ministries of Health in establishing and running the technical task forces needed to identify and fill the lifethreatening gaps in health care delivery
  7. Support capacity building of MoH and Partners through ensuring standards and guidelines dissemination.
  8. Facilitate periodic update on key health indicators and Health interventions in the province and indicate needed actions.
  9. Support monitoring of health sector interventions including disaster response activities in the targeted districts in collaboration with respective National focal points
  • 3 Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor and WHO Country Representative.
Subject to agreement of both parties, these terms of reference may be modified from time to time, as required in the interest of WHO activities.


First University degree in medicine or other health sciences disaster risk reduction and management

Essential: Post graduate qualifications in Public Health/ Epidemiology or disaster management.

Language: Excellent written and spoken English and working knowledge of French Good command of Kiswahili would be an asset.

Experience: Essential: Minimum 4 years of relevant working experience in Health Sector in public health and epidemic/disaster preparedness and response activities and At least 3 years working experience at National provincial level or with an NGO.

Desirable: Experience in working with United Nations, multilateral or other non-profit international organization in health development.

Quoting the vacancy notice number, Application letter and latest Curriculum Vitae should be sent to:

WHO Representative
P.O. Box 45335, 00100, Nairobi
Attention: Operations Officer

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for interview.

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