WHO is supporting affected countries to respond to the outbreak and assisting unaffected countries to prepare to adequately respond if they get affected.
In Angola, country capacity to respond to the outbreak has been assessed using the WHO readiness checklist as well as the JEE which was conducted last year, with the country having limitations in many, if not all, IHR (2005) capacities including Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).
WHO AFRO has identified Angola as a priority 1 country, together with 12 other countries, for support for preparedness activities based on the volume of travel to and from China and other regions, especially Portugal and Italy (which has reported already cases).
Although the country has initiated some preparedness activities there are still major gaps in the various thematic areas that will need to be filled in order to adequately prepare to promptly identify, contain and appropriately manage any imported cases, and ultimately reduce the impact of any possible outbreak.
An effective, nation-wide COVID-19 preparedness and response requires the implementation of an adequately resourced plan by a mutli-sectoral team, including government and development partners.
WHO is supporting preparedness and response globally and at the regional and country levels. WHO ARFO has developed a regional operational plan a myriad of tools to enable the countries in the WHO Africa region to establish and sustain the required readiness capacities and capabilities to promptly detect, effectively manage and mitigate further spread of the COVID 19 virus.
With Angola identified as a priority 1 country at risk for a COVID19 outbreak, it is imperative for WHO to support for the preparedness and response activities.
Organizational Context (Describing the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)
The IPC / WASH technical officer reports directly to the Country Readiness Technical Officer of the WHE Programme with as the second level of supervision the Head the head of the WHE / ERM cluster WHO in Angola.
The incumbent will support directly his / her counterpart in the Ministry of Health. He or She in full under technical supervision of the WHE Cluster will implement the Infection Prevention and Control or WASH activities as part of the COVID-19 outbreak response to effectively prevent and contain the spread of the disease.
Summary of Assigned Duties objective; include main achievements expected)
Under the direct supervision of the WHE Country Readiness focal person as second supervisor the WHE Cluster head, the incumbent, will be responsible for the IPC / WASH activities during the COVID-19 preparedness and response to COVID-19 outbreak.
More specifically, the incumbent will :
The specific guidelines must be developed regarding the most prevalent healthcare-associated infections (catheter-associated urinary tract infection, central line-associated bloodstream infection, surgical site infection, ventilator-associated infection) and microorganisms responsible for the HAI (especially the multidrug-resistant organism).
Competencies : Generic
WHO Global Competency Model Guidelines.
Education (Qualifications) :
Specialized training in infectious diseases
Prior humanitarian working experience at field level with WHO / UN, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organization or with an international nongovernmental organization with expertise in disaster and outbreak response.
Validade : 22 / 04 / 2020