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Coordinator (Health Cluster), Mogadishu, Somalia

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Closing Date: Thursday, 04 July 2013


14 June 2013

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT252

Title: Coordinator (Health Cluster) - Position no. 346281

Grade: P4

Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment

Duration of contract: One year (post of limited duration)

Date: 13 June 2013

Application Deadline: 4 July 2013

Duty Station: Mogadishu, Somalia

Organization unit: EM_SOM WHO Representative's Office, Somalia (EM_SOM), EM_SOO Sub-Office, Mogadishu (EM_SOO)

Director of Programme Management (DPM)/Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA)


The cluster approach has been introduced as a part of 'humanitarian reform' aimed at improving the effectiveness of humanitarian response by ensuring greater predictability and accountability, while at the same time strengthening partnerships between NGOs, international organizations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and UN agencies. The other complementary elements of the reform are: strengthening the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) system; and improving humanitarian financing. The aim of a country level Health Cluster is to ensure a more coherent and effective humanitarian response by all international, national and local actors operating in the health sector in areas affected by crisis.

Purpose of the Post:

To ensure the good performance of the country Health Cluster, promoting and upholding the Humanitarian Principles and the Principles of Partnership.

Organizational Context:

The Health Cluster Coordinator will ensure the good performance of the country Health Cluster, promoting and upholding the Humanitarian Principles and the Principles of Partnership. The country Health Cluster performance, in turn, will be monitored and evaluated according to the extent by which the activities and programmes of the cluster partners meet the health needs of the crisis-affected populations.

Description of duties:

Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative for Somalia and general guidance of Coordinator/EHA, and in close collaboration with the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia and OCHA/Somalia, the incumbent will:

    Identify and make contact with all health sector stakeholders including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society.
    Hold regular coordination meetings with country health cluster members, building when possible on an existing health sector coordination forum.
    Represent the Health Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multi-sectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned.
    Ensure collecting data and regularly updating the health sector section of the 3W (Who's doing What, Where) database managed by OCHA, and for sharing and discussing this information with health cluster partners and the other clusters.
    Ensure that humanitarian health needs and gaps in response are identified by planning and coordinating joint, inter-cluster, initial rapid assessments adapting to local context the IRA tool developed by the Health, Nutrition and WASH Global Clusters, as well follow-on more in-depth health sub-sector assessments, as needed, and regular situation monitoring/surveillance.
    Assess and monitor the availability of health services in the crisis areas using GHC Health Resources Availability Mapping (HeRAMS) tool including services provided by all health actors.
    Lead the health cluster members and contribute to the overall analysis of the health sector data collected including joint gap analysis, priority setting, and planning the response to address the uncovered major gaps.
    Provide leadership and strategic direction to Health Cluster Members in the development of the health sector components of FLASH Appeal, CHAP, CAP and CERF proposals and other interagency planning and funding documents, and in preparing and maintaining a health sector contingency plan for potential new events.
    Promote the use of the Health Cluster Guide to ensure the application of common approaches, tools and standards by all health cluster participants taking into account the need for local adaptation.
    Identify urgent training needs in relation to technical standards and/or protocols for the delivery of key health services to ensure their adoption and uniform application by all Health Cluster participants. Coordinate the dissemination of key technical materials and the organization of essential workshops or in-service training.
    In a protracted crisis and health sector recovery context in Somalia, ensure appropriate links among humanitarian actions and longer-term health sector plans, incorporating the concept of 'building back better' and specific risk reduction measures.



Essential: University Degree in Medicine and Master's Degree in Public Health or any health related field.

Desirable: Training or studies in Disaster Management.



1) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.

2) Building and promoting partnership across the organization and beyond.

3) Ensuring the effective use of resources.

4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

    Demonstrated ability for leadership and independent decision making.
    Demonstrated management skills.
    Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills.
    Willingness and ability to work in hardship environment.
    Knowledge of latest health related technical guidelines and standards.
    Proven knowledge of the UN and NGO humanitarian community.

Other Skills:

Proficiency in MS Office.


Essential: At least 7 years of relevant experience combined at national and international levels in emergency related programmes with experience in managing and coordinating health humanitarian programme.

Desirable: Experience or sound knowledge of UN organizations/agencies, international institutions and/or NGOs is an asset.


Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of another UN official language.

Additional Information:

Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).

Interviews will include competency-based questions.

Annual salary:

(Net of tax)

USD 67,483 at single rate

USD 72,467 with primary dependants

Post Adjustment:

36.5 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment . The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.


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