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Technical Officer (Preparedness)


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Job Description

7 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree


  • Organization: WHO – World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Mid level – P-4, International Professional – Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
  • Closing Date: 2023-05-10


The Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP) Helps country efforts to deplete the burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases and address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health, and develops policies and actions for health through stewardship of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. It focuses on health improvements measures; prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, incorporating cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, and risks relevant to tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol; communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, and vector-borne and rejected tropical diseases; elimination and control of vaccine-preventable diseases and advocacy for increased use of vaccines; including and managing antimicrobial resistance; addressing existing and emerging environmental health risks, and setting violence and injury prevention.


The requirements for Technical Officer (Preparedness) are as follows:

1.Set technical assistance and advice on the improvement and implementation of strategic and operational plans on all-hazard preparedness, at the regional and country level, in coordination with other WHE programmes as well as other Divisions.

2. Conduct risk and vulnerability assessments and check countries IHR Core Capacities and all hazards preparedness for outbreaks and emergencies, in coordination with the CME team and in agreement with the International Health Regulations (IHR).

3. Set technical assistance and advice to countries to improve/update and implement all-hazard emergency preparedness plans in order to rapidly fill vital gaps in disaster risk management and in surveillance and response core capacities required below the International Health Regulations (2005).

4. Improve and upgrade training materials and implement capacity building activities for Member States and WHO Staff; plan and conduct simulation exercises to strengthen their all-hazard preparedness in close coordination with related regional office divisions, country offices and HQ.

APPLY ALSO: Coordinator


The following are the requirements for Technical Officer (Preparedness) position:

  •  High university degree (Masters level or above) in a health-relevant major or Medical degree complemented by a post-graduate degree in public health or public health-relevant discipline.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in emergency preparedness and response work, of which at least 3 at international level.
  • High knowledge of English.



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