PROGRAM MANAGEMENT & PARTNERSHIP SPECIALIST (PAHO/12/FT328)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/12/FT328
 
Title: Program Management & Partnership Specialist
 
Grade: NO-A
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Until 31 December 2013. Post of Limited Duration
 
Date: 16 August 2012
 
Application Deadline: 5 September 2012 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Bogota, Colombia
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
PAHO/WHO Representative COL / Planning, Budget, and Resources Coordination (PBR)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The Organization's essential mission is to provide technical cooperation to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others. PAHO promotes primary health care strategies, which reach people in their communities to extend health services to all and to increase efficiency in the use of scarce resources.
Description of duties:
Under the general guidance of the Managers, Planning, Budget, and Resources Coordination (PBR) and External Relations, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships (ERP), and the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

a) Provide technical support and advice to the Representation on strategic and operational planning, programming, budgeting, resource coordination and mobilization to support the delivery of the technical cooperation; facilitate, elaborate and monitor the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), as well agreements on technical cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and strategic partners, at the international and national levels to address national public policies and plans;
b) Apply the tools and systems for operational planning, and support the implementation of the planning, programming, budgeting and resource coordination processes through a participatory process.
c) Facilitate the coordination among the American Region Planning and Evaluation System (AMPES) project teams and support them in program management issues, specifically with issues related to the results-based management framework;
d) Support the Representative and Representation's personnel in the design, negotiation and implementation of technical cooperation projects, including resource coordination, performance monitoring and assessment, and use of evaluation tools to support the sound management of regular and extra-budgetary funds; provide strategic support and inputs to develop new program initiatives to support the program of work;
e) Support the Representative in the operational planning and implementation of the Country Office's Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the Semester Work plans (PTS), ensure that the responsible project coordinators provide required planning data and information to adequately assess and report on implementation of Office-Specific Expected Results (OSER's), Region-wide Expected Results (RERs), AMPES projects, products/services, or milestones; ensuring that these are aligned with the Organization's Strategic Plan and Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), including the preparation of reports; advising on setting realistic targets and milestones and ensuring up-to-date information to monitor progress on BWP and PTS implementation;
f) Lead the Country Office's BWP review process to verify compliance of the BWP with the business rules of the Operational Planning Manual, prior to its submission to Executive Management (EXM) for review/approval;
g) Maintain effective partnership with all project stakeholders to exchange critical and technical information and resolve program/project implementation issues to ensure results are achieved as planned;
h) Maintain direct communication with national and international counterparts and other financial-technical organizations, facilitating the strategic mapping of the sector, alignment and harmonization through collaboration among organizations, and relations among consultants of the different programs of the Representation and other institutions;
i) Analyze and update information regarding key social actors in the health area, regarding trends and variations in policies, strategies, and actions for the better fulfillment of national health policies, as well as the regional and global health agendas;
j) Coordinate, design and monitor technical cooperation projects among countries.
k) Identify and facilitate availability of resources in favor of the development of public health cooperation; provide support to technical staff in formulating and providing follow-up for initiatives that will ensure such resources, in compliance with the Organization's Strategic plan and Country Office Biennial Work Plan.
l) Collaborate with all technical areas of the Country Office by providing the relevant political, health policy and planning perspectives; consolidate and synchronize activities, in consultation with staff with respect to the project implementation, targets and timeframes.
m) Support the Representative in his/her participation in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) managerial groups, particularly regarding the elaboration, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
n) Organize and prepare a variety of written outputs for internal and external use, such as drafting background papers, briefings, special presentations, etc.
o) Participate actively in the Program Management and Partnership Specialist Network (PMPN) led by PBR; and in the Resources Mobilization Network (RMN) led by ERP; review and analyze progress on technical matters, elaboration and implementation of inter-programmatic and inter-sectoral activities in the context of the PMPN and the RMN;
p) Perform other duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential: A bachelor's degree in one of the health or social sciences from a recognized university.
Desirable: A master's degree in public health, health administration, public administration, management or related field would be an asset.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies
Intra-institutional Action: Operates in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Ensures that the mission and the values of the Organization as well as the setting in which projects will be carried out are the drivers in one's technical work. Understands the results required and performs to that standard. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Takes or organizes individual and collective action after analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge. Continuously analyzes the evolution of situations in an area of work and makes suggestions to adjust or confirm the decisions necessary to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation between six months to one year ahead.
Teamwork: Promotes team work and leads one's area to finish tasks and accept responsibility. Creates a positive environment within the area of work. Makes everyone feel like they are part of the team as well as welcomes and appreciates everyone's ideas and suggestions. Able to see the positive aspects of working as a team, shares the team's enthusiasm for achieving mutual goals.
Accountability: Identifies, in conjunction with management, specific activities, processes jobs that require defined accountability, linking them to accountability strategies and objectives. Revises periodically progress made in the established work plan with his/her supervisor. Constantly reaches their objectives.
Knowledge Management: Shares knowledge and information appropriately and participates in activities to facilitate sharing. Develops tools and protocols for creation, integration and dissemination of knowledge. Researches opportunities, methods and approaches for delivering value through improved knowledge.
Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes priority ideas for executing interventions after anticipating their critical points, eventual risks and solutions. Evaluates proposals for interventions before making decisions to execute them. Lays the technical foundations for executing technical cooperation interventions following the Organization's strategy in order to generate the expected results.
Evaluation of technical cooperation interventions: Proposes criteria for evaluating interventions at the process, management, and outcome level, in addition to plans for evaluating technical cooperation, in keeping with the PAHO's strategic direction.
Resource Mobilization: Establishes partnerships and alliances with a variety of institutions and organizations as well as internal partnerships to obtain financial and non-financial resources. Is able to relate with all types of people and at all levels in order to obtain resources that are needed. Is able to present and disseminate information in a clear manner. Executes resources according to the agreements previously established with partnerships.

Technical Expertise
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of international technical cooperation, with emphasis in the negotiation and management of international cooperation programs and projects;
- Practical knowledge of results-based management concepts and tools and their applications; especially related to outcome formulation and indicator development;
- Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical and conceptual skills; demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key technical issue;
- Ability to integrate managerial and technical inputs into recommendations for decision-making process; ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment;
- Ability to create and advocate innovative approaches to facilitate and enhance project management capacity, as well as monitoring of these processes;
- Excellent organizational and analytic skills combined with strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.

IT Skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project will be an asset.
Experience:
Essential: Three years of national progressively responsible experience in the areas of health planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation, including experience in strategy formulation and strategic resource allocation. Experience should also include negotiating and coordinating actions involving several institutions or partners.
Languages:
Very good knowledge of Spanish with a working knowledge of English. Knowledge of French or Portuguese will be an asset.
Additional Information:
PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave. ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE PERSONAL HISTORY FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POST. CANDIDATES MUST HOLD A PERMANENT LOCAL WORKING VISA (CITIZENSHIP OR LEGAL WORK PERMIT OF THE COUNTRY IN WHICH THE DUTY STATION IS LOCATED). CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
COL PS 83,548,000.00 at single rate

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