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Director Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR)


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Job Summary

Mobilize additional resources within the country and coordinate international support for the health sector.

Provide monthly brief updates to minister & deputies and make sure emergency is top agenda of MoPH executive board.
• Manages the EPR Directorate:
• Human resources management
• Information management/ccc (center for command and control)
• logistics and resource management
• Assessing, planning and implementing Capacity Building activities.
• Ensure national emergency response plan for health (NERPH) is followed by stakeholders and updated as required.
• Develop procedures, mechanisms and policies for risk communication for public, media and responders.
1. Compiling information and monitor on public health risks, and ensure timely risk communication to public and stakeholders.
2. Maintain communication with all relevant departments and structures at provincial and national level, including coordination with Emergency Operation Centre of Afghan National Disaster Management Agency (ANDMA) and National Disaster Committee
3. Promote risk communication strategy that involves pre-formulated, tested and evaluated risk communication messages appropriate for different hazards, based on risk assessment(s), and target all identified vulnerable groups.

Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Apr 2018 Reference: WHOAFG-2018-04-07
Closing Date: 18 Apr 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Health/Medical Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Lead the implementation of national emergency response plan and play a secretariat role to MoPH senior management in execution of effective health emergency response.
2. Coordinate with health partners, stakeholders and services delivery implementers the effective planning and implementation of health emergency response (HER).
3. Co-lead of the health cluster, ensure liaison, coordination and collaboration with Health Cluster Coordinator and WHO Emergency Team Leader
4. Lead the EPR strategic planning and developing information and communication strategy related to health emergencies.
5. Establish coordination mechanisms and requirements between national and sub-national levels including hospital-based and healthcare services and primary health care.
6. Ensure coordination mechanisms and requirements between intergovernmental organizations/sectors and MoPH.
7. Participate in PHEIC surveillance, information and planning committees.
8. Update national disaster risk assessment and monitor the risk profile at the national and sub-national levels.
9. Join the senior MoPH Management in sectorial and national emergency committees.
10. Monitor capacity building of MoPH in regards to response, preparedness and monitor benchmarks for health cluster transition
11. Monitor and support the implementation of contingency plans at provincial and regional level including emergency stock distribution and usage (for WHO, PPHDs and health partners), including inventory reports.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1- Theoretical and practical knowledge of compiling and analyzing Data with charts.
2- Data management knowledge
3- Producing Health Maps
4- Practical knowledge on how to budget activities planned e.g. training etc.


1. The directorate is mainly responsible to establish an effective coordination within the MoPH and the health partners and stakeholders in order to ensure predictable and accountable health emergency response to calamities caused by man-made and natural disasters.

Qualifications Required:

1. Team building
2. Managing relationships across units and health partners
3. Self-awareness
4. Interpersonal skills
5. Stress tolerance
6. Customer orientation
7. Planning and organizing
8. Proactive problem solving
9. Operational decision-making

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1- Theoretical and practical knowledge of compiling and analyzing Data with charts.
2- Data management knowledge
3- Producing Health Maps
4- Practical knowledge on how to budget activities planned e.g. training etc.


Essential: Master degree, or relevant combination of qualifications and experience.

Desirable: Experience in scale-up emergency response.

Essential: Minimum of 5 years’ experience in humanitarian preparedness, risk reduction and response or relevant fields.

Desirable: Relevant experience knowledge of the country

Languages: Very good knowledge of English and the local language.

IT Skills:
- Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.
- High level of writing and communication skills

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Masters Degree, Health/Medical

Submission Guideline

Interested applicants meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG-2018-04-07) with their curriculum vitae along with cover letter and National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:

- WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


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