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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/TA18
Title: Programme Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 14 February 2013
Application Deadline: 7 March 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The World Health Assembly has declared Polio Eradication a 'Programmatic Emergency for Global Public Health.' WHO and the core Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners (UNICEF, CDC, Rotary International and BMGF) have taken a number of steps to put the polio eradication program on an emergency footing, including the development of the Global Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2012-13 and, in WHO/HQ restructuring of the Department of Polio Operations and Research (POL) to ensure robust coordination of emergency eradication activities across the GPEI partnership and all levels of the organization.

The Programme Officer works under the supervision of the Director of the Department of Polio Operations and Research, and in close collaboration with the Department Coordinators, PEC Programme Operations and Cluster Management Unit, assist DG Office, Regional and Country Offices and counterparts within the GPEI partnership.
Description of duties:
- Provide crucial assistance to the strategic coordination role of POL across the GPEI partnership and help manage the role of the department as a secretariat to the governing, advisory and monitoring bodies of the GPEI.
- Assist Director POL with coordination of activities across the GPEI partnership, within the department, regional and country offices.
- Develop mechanisms for systematic follow up of guidelines and recommendations of governing, advisory, oversight and GPEI coordination bodies.
- Follow-up on priority activities to support regional and country offices for implementation of the emergency action plans for polio eradication.
- Coordinate and monitor the development of departmental policies, strategy documents and strategic plans and track their implementation.
- Coordinate legal matters in consultation with the Legal Department at HQ (HQ/LEG), especially those concerning research, product development, sharing of program data with core GPEI partners and any new area of work requiring review and advice by HQ/LEG.
- Coordinate the development and implementation of Organizational-wide work plan and monitoring related to SO1 (Polio Eradication), in support of Director/POL.
- Anticipate problems and provide sound advice on options, reinforcing management's capacity to make effective programme support choices.
- Research and analyse background information and prepare briefings relevant to decision making. Draft succinct and coherent notes to record meetings and coordination conference calls on behalf of Director/POL.
- Consult with department unit coordinators on program priorities, activities and risk management, and coordination with stakeholders.
- Support HR planning and recruitment for the department and for priority positions across the polio eradication program, including forecasting of short/long-term HR requirements; identification and recruitment of short/long-term staff; staff training, briefing and performance monitoring.
- Coordinate and when appropriate support or lead training initiatives for the department.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Masters level degree in business administration or health policy/planning, or other relevant field .

A university degree in law.
Excellent analytical, writing and verbal communication skills, especially ability to write clearly, succinctly and promptly.
Ability to work and produce results under pressure and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated knowledge of programme management principles and practices and high level of organizational and strategic thinking.
Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment and take initiative.
Proven ability to maintain and establish good interpersonal working relations and to work with competing priorities under pressure.
Ability to work harmoniously as a leader as well as a member of a team.

WHO competencies:
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Producing results
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Moving forward in a changing environment
Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 7 years' relevant experience in programme administration and management, at least 5 years of which is with an international organization.

Substantial experience, within WHO and/or other UN agencies and/or NGOs in programme administration and management.
Experience in programme management for emergencies and/or international humanitarian related work.
Excellent knowledge of English required. Working knowledge of French and another UN language an asset.
Additional Information:
Priority to be given to internal candidates
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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