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Call for Applicants: Orientation to International Outbreak Response with GOARN and WHO Tier 1.5 Training Workshop 2023


The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM), Japan, are pleased to announce an upcoming “Orientation to International Outbreak Response with GOARN and WHO Tier 1.5 Training Workshop 2023 (one-day on-site workshop)” held in Tokyo, Japan.
The training program is a collaborative effort among GOARN WHO Headquarters, GOARN WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, and the NCGM. This training is funded by Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division, Health Service Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan.


GOARN is a WHO network of over 250 technical institutions and networks globally that respond to acute public health events with the deployment of staff and resources to affected countries. Coordinated by an Operational Support Team based at the WHO headquarters in Geneva and governed by a Steering Committee, GOARN aims to deliver rapid and effective support to prevent and control infectious diseases outbreaks and public health emergencies when requested.
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Training objectives

・To learn practical skills and knowledge required by the global outbreak mission of GOARN/WHO.
・To learn the latest information regarding management of outbreak and responses towards health emergencies related to infectious diseases.
・To build up the capacity of communication, team building and solving the issues, by the group work and discussion among the participants.

The participants’ technical specialty

The specialty of Laboratory is given the most priority.
Other areas such as Epidemiology, Case Management, Infection Prevention Control can be also applied.
※For the first time gives the priority.
※Only residents in Japan can be accepted.

Facilitators for the training

  1. Dr. Sharon Salmon
    Technical Officer, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
    Emergency Management Operations (EMO), WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE)
    World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific
  2. Ms. Renee Christensen
    Lead for Capacity Building and Training, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN),
    WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE), World Health Organization, Headquarters

Outline of the training program

・Date: Thursday, 16th November 2023
・Time: 9:00-18:00 in Tokyo (TBD)
・Venue: Tokyo (only the participants will be informed)
・Fee: Free of charge (travel cost is at own expenses)
・Language: English (no translation offered)
・E-learning (pre-course work) to be required in prior to the training
・Certificate to be issued based on 100% attendance of the on-site training as well as the pre-course work

Selection Criteria - Eligibility and Qualifications

1. Education

-Undergraduate degree(s) in at least one of the following fields is required:
Laboratory, Epidemiology, Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, or related fields of infectious diseases.
-A Master’s or higher degree is an advantage.

2. Working Experience

- More than five years of professional working experience in the relevant fields, such as infectious diseases and infection control, is required.

3. Desired experiences

-Outbreak mission within the last 5 years in/out of the country
-Trainee/ex-trainee of the Field Epidemiology Training Progrmme Japan (FETP)
-Trainee/ex-trainee of the Training Programme of Infectious Disease Emergency Specialist (IDES)
-Certified member of introductory course in JDR infectious disease control team

4. Skills

-Excellent communication and negotiation skills
-Excellent analytical, planning, and organizational skills
-Ability to work in a team
-Ability to work under pressure and prioritize the multiple tasks
-Ability to work in a diverse setting

5. Languages

English proficiency (ability to communicate in academic and professional settings) is required.

6. Willingness for the deployment

-Willingness to be deployed to international mission through GOARN/WHO is necessary

Required Documents

All applicants must submit as follows;

A recommendation letter from your supervisor (ideally from a GOARN partner institution) on your capabilities and competencies and your intension for global deployment.
Only written English is acceptable.
A copy of English score/certificate for Japanese applicants to be submitted.
The required score is as follows;
 TOEIC: 730 or higher
 TOEFL: 550 or higher (iBT 79 or higher)
 IELTS: 6.0 or higher
Or equivalent certificate such as international course to be submitted
A Personal statement to indicate your motivation towards the training (maximum 600 words). Only written English is acceptable.

How to apply

Fill out and send your application form

By Friday, 15 September 2023 at 12:00 noon, Tokyo Japan Time

We will send notification of acceptance to the participants by email no later than the middle of October 2023.


Please contact the secretariat of the GOARN Tier1.5 Training Workshop via email in Japanese or English for your inquiry.
E-mail: gic-goarn2023[a]
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Global Outbreak Intelligence, Capacity Building and Deployment Coordination Center (GIC),
Disease Control and Prevention Center (DCC)
National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM)
1-21-1 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 162-8655
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GIC website