Call for Applicants: GOARN Outbreak Response Training Courses 2017

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) invites applications for participation in upcoming tentatively scheduled GOARN Outbreak Response Training Courses for 2017.

The 5-day courses are currently proposed to take place as follows:

  • April/May 2017, in the Americas tentatively.
  • June/July, in Europe tentatively.
  • September/October, in Asia tentatively.

GOARN would like to recognise the support of GOARN Partners and the World Health Organisations of the Americas, Western Pacific and Europe in organising these training courses, the precise locations and dates of which will be soon confirmed.

GOARN would be very grateful for your help to identify appropriate candidates from your institution who wish to apply for these training course/s.

Per diem for the selected participants will be covered by WHO. Kindly note that it is strongly encouraged for GOARN partner institutions of selected participants to cover the travel costs to and from the training location. In the event this is not possible, potential sponsorship for travel costs of participants will be considered on a case-by-case basis (upon request). The deadline for applications is 1st March 2017.

The GOARN training course is a 5-day residential course.  The course is driven by a single outbreak scenario that simulates the technical and operational challenges of international outbreak responses. Participants will be trained using the developing outbreak scenario, which incorporates intense group work, practical exercises and role play. The course is based on those conducted previously in the WHO Western Pacific Region (Malaysia and Cambodia), South East Asia Region (Indonesia) and more recently in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Jordan).

Application Procedure 

These courses are open to applicants from GOARN partners.

Each course will accommodate approximately 24 participants. The training courses will be conducted in English, and therefore participants must be fluent as they will be expected to deliver presentations in English, write situation reports, updates, and other reports in English, and participate in technical panels and discussions during the training. All participants will be working in groups, and the groups will include experts with a diverse range of background and skills (Epidemiology and Surveillance, Infection Prevention and Control, Case Management, Laboratory, Logistics and WASH, Communications, Social Mobilisation etc.).

Applicants must meet ALL the essential criteria detailed below and priority will be given to those who also meet one or more of the desirable criteria. Please read these criteria carefully and ensure that you have the relevant expertise and experience before applying. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed through a teleconference for the final selection.

Efforts will be made to ensure geographic, organisational, gender and technical discipline diversity of selected participants.

Selected participants are expected to commit to successfully completing the mandatory pre-course work prior to arrival at the training venue. Pre-course work consists of a series of online self-directed courses, taking approximately 5-8 hours in total.

Selected participants will receive additional information on how to access and complete these courses.

Selection Criteria


Essential requirements



  • First level university degree in Public Health, Infection Prevention and Control, Case Management, Logistics, Communications, Social Mobilisation and related disciplines.
  • Master’s or higher level degree.


  • 5 or more years of professional experience in the area of expertise.
  • Participation in outbreak response activities at the national, regional or global level.
  • Minimum of 2 field deployments to response operations at the national, regional or international level (outbreaks or humanitarian emergencies).
  • Previous experience with WHO, other UN agencies, or NGO.
  • Extensive experience in outbreak response or humanitarian emergency operations.


  • Excellent skills in communication and diplomacy.
  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in the team.
  • Ability to work under pressure.



  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Working knowledge of other UN languages.

Availability for deployment

  • Availability for international missions at short notice.
  • Availability for mission of 4-6 weeks and sometimes longer.
  • Availability for longer term deployments.

Instructions to Apply

Applicants who meet the criteria outline above are requested to send the following information to goarn [at] who [dot] int before 1st March 2017 with a subject line GOARN Activities: Outbreak Response Trainings 2017.

The documents should include:

  • The completed registration form (see below)
  • A personal letter of motivation outlining why the candidate wants to take part in this GOARN training
    • The letter should be no more than 800 words
    • Written in English
    • Drawing on your skills and experiences to explain how your participation at this training would be beneficial
  • A current CV which addresses the selection criteria
  • A letter of approval from the head of the GOARN partner institution confirming availability for deployment at short notice for a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks.

For further information, please contact GOARN via email:

Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
E-mail: goarn [at] who [dot] int