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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/FT106
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 12 April 2013
Application Deadline: 3 May 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The overall objectives of the Polio Eradication Initiative are to lead the global eradication efforts of national governments and the global polio eradication partnership to interrupt the transmission of poliovirus worldwide, certify eradication, eventually stop the use of oral poliovirus vaccine, and help establish the legacy of the polio eradication initiative. The immediate strategic objective is to implement WHO's polio emergency plans and coordinate those of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership in support of national emergency eradication efforts in polio-infected countries and areas.
Description of duties:
1. Manages the Strategy & Surge Support Unit in POL, and oversees, guides and supports the work of team leaders and teams within the Unit to ensure that priority global functions outlined are performed efficiently and effectively.
2. Guides development of team and individual workplans, monitors the work of Unit teams, directly supervises team leads and is responsible for completion of Performance Management Development Systems (PMDS).
3. Supports the key country operations information needs of POL and the three other units in the Department and coordinates with the Program Operations and Cluster Management (PCM) Team.
4. Coordinates the key program tactical support functions and application of global and cross-regional best practices needed to implement the strategies in the global, regional and national emergency action plans in priority regions and countries.
5.Oversees detailed subnational epidemiologic and situation analyses and program monitoring in polio reservoirs and priority high risk areas and assists country and regional teams with interpretation of risk analyses conducted by partner agencies and in designing appropriate follow up actions.
6. Coordinates with the relevant regional office, and partner agencies, inputs into strategic planning in priority countries, including supplementary vaccination plans, strategies to reach special populations, and support to increase routine immunization coverage in specific areas.
7. Coordinates the international component of the emergency response to polio outbreaks. Ensures development of the emergency outbreak response plan and mobilizes human resources, vaccines, and other logistics to ensure an immediate and robust outbreak response.
8. Coordinates the development of technical guidelines for special immunization activities and program operations in high risk areas and guides development of strategic plans for mitigating risks and responding to outbreaks due to wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus.
9. Monitors and supports program and human resource management capacity in priority country teams. Coordinates the optimization of human resource surge through training, capacity building and application of rigorous management practices and performance accountability.
10.Ensures that critical human resource gaps are tracked in priority countries and coordinates the emergency human resource surge and deployment of consultants, staff, as well as personnel from partner agencies in close collaboration with the PCM Team. This includes providing oversight to the training, coordination and deployment of the STOP (Stop Transmission of Polio) teams ensuring their presence and effectiveness in priority areas in collaboration with CDC.
11.Ensures clear understanding and robust analysis of vaccine demands and supply situation based on Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA) plans and outcomes of on-going risk analyses. Oversees close coordination with UNICEF, monitors, analyses, and reviews models of vaccine needs, and shares information on SIA plans and vaccine demand and supply situations with regions and partner agencies. Oversees development of demand scenarios for Inactivated Polio vaccine (IPV) through different phases of the program. Ensures accuracy and reliability of vaccine forecasting information in collaboration with UNICEF and, when appropriate, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for internal planning and for discussions with manufacturers that guide production of sufficient vaccines needed by the program.
12. Oversees monitoring and analyses of security and access situation in priority areas and advises and collaborates with country teams and partners in facilitating safe access of the program staff in insecure areas. Supports country teams with designing strategic security measures and supports provision of training, human and material resources for security.
Essential: Advanced degree in a health discipline.
Desirable: Medical degree or Masters level degree in epidemiology or public health.
Essential: Extensive knowledge of public health and epidemiology, with broad practical knowledge of public health, infectious disease surveillance and control, and vaccine science, immunization and disease eradication policies and strategies and their application in developing and developed countries. Proven managerial competence, with capacity to work and communicate effectively with staff and in complex organizational cultures . Demonstrated ability to work effectively with governments, partner agencies, and in field conditions. Proven ability to supervise and manage teams conducting key program activities for multiple internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrated ability in leadership of multi-disciplinary teams and servicing needs of different partners. Planning, organizational and management skills. Excellent writing and presentation skills.

Desirable: Computer literacy: familiarity with data management software an asset. Thorough familiarity with database and mapping programmes an asset.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results,
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond,
4. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership, and
5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
Essential: Ten years of experience in public health and infectious disease control programmes at the national and international levels, particularly in developing countries, at least five years of which at the international level, with management responsibility of large-scale public health programmes, and at least 4 years of this experience in disease eradication and policies and strategies for infectious disease control. Substantial experience in vaccines and immunisation programmes, particularly in developing country settings and disease surveillance. Mid- to senior-level experience in a public health programme with responsibilities for managing and supervising staff and making strategic decisions on deployment of human resources.

Desirable: Substantial experience in the development, implementation and assessment of polio eradication strategies and policies at both the national and international levels is highly desirable. Experience in collaboration and negotiations with external agencies and knowledge of GPEI partners and WHO regions is desirable. Experience working with international organizations and/or nongovernmental organizations would be an advantage. Proven quantitative research ability reflected in peer-reviewed publications would be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English required. A working knowledge of French desirable.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), and 2. External candidates.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 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.

A written test may be used as a form of screening

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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