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4138 WHO Coordinating Officer 23 Oct - 6 Nov 2017


Seeks qualified applications for the position of


APPOINTMENT: 6 months based in Nuku’alofa, Tonga (renewable)


The WHO Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative aims to improve rapid response to the health consequences of emergencies from all-hazards. 

In order to strength national capacity to respond emergencies, WHO EMT initiative, supported by an Australian Government grant, will strengthen national capacities to deploy national health response teams and develop clear mechanisms to call upon International EMT/Global Health Emergency Workforce and manage national EMT Coordination. Policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be generated by the incumbent of this post, with strong support from WHO and from international experts coordinated by the WHO EMT secretariat.

The post will be positioned at Public Health Unit, Ministry of Health, working closely with Vaiola Hospital, National Emergency Management Office and other relevant national authorities and stakeholdrers. 

Description of Duties

  • Support to establish an ongoing close relationship between National Emergency Management Office and the Ministry of Health and WHO country office, and other relevant ministries and national/international response agencies;
  • Work within the Ministry of Health with WHO Regional/Country support to draft and provide technical support for national emergency response plans, policies and SOP development; 
  • Provide support to national and sub-regional EMT workshops and simulation exercises;
  • Provide regular updates to the WHO country and regional office EMT initiative responsible officer regarding progress and status of the national EMT capacity building and development;
  • Take part in national and regional trainings to increase their own personal knowledge, relevant to their role in creating SOPs and policies for the ministry, including but not limited to visits to other countries EMTs and health emergency operations centers, participation in regional exercises and in coordination trainings; and
  • Communicate with WHO country office for national EMT development updates.


  • Knowledge of disaster response, with a focus on health care delivery.


  • Diploma/Bachelor/Cirtificate in related area. Degree in health realted topic is an asset.  


  • Experience in working at the government or at national level. Experience in health care setting is an asset.

Other Qualifications: 

  • Fluent in Tongan and has excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

Interested candidates who wish to apply may submit their letter of application together with a cover letter, CV, and any other supporting documents.

All applications must be sent no later than 10th November 2017 at 17.00 addressed to Ms Katalina Palu at paluk [at] who [dot] int.