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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/FT160
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 1 May 2013
Application Deadline: 24 May 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/PMO Polio Monitoring & Operations 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:
Manages the Program Monitoring and Operations (PMO) Unit in POL, and oversees guides and supports the work of team leaders and their teams within the unit to ensure that priority global functions outlined are performed efficiently and effectively.
Guides development of team and individual work plans, monitors the work of unit teams, directly supervises team leads and is responsible for completion of the Performance Management Development Systems (PMDS) of staff.
Ensures provision of the key information and data analysis needs of POL and the three other units in the Department as well as the Program Operations and Cluster Management (PCM) Team.
Provides analysis and strategic interpretation of data to monitor, evaluates and guides implementation of global and national emergency and end game action plans in priority regions and countries.
Facilitates and guides collection, organization, analysis and sharing of high quality program information across the GPEI partnership.
Coordinates with regions and countries the collection, flow, analysis, dissemination and sharing of data with partners.
Oversees timely provision of information and outputs of analyses in response to requests from partners, regions, countries, and from within POL.
Helps conduct analyses and prepares presentations for Certification Commissions, and meetings of GPEI advisory and oversight bodies.
Coordinates global, and supports regional, activities for certification and containment of polio eradication.
Coordinates program data sharing and specialized analyses with GPEI partners that are part of the polio data sharing agreement with WHO.
Conducts and coordinates quarterly global risk assessments in collaboration with partner agencies to guide planning of vaccination campaigns (Supplementary Immunization Activities), surveillance activities and allocation of human and financial resources and vaccine supplies.
Tracks completeness of regional quarterly risk assessments.
Monitors the performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance globally.
Identifies gaps and provides strategic guidance to regions and countries to address gaps.
Oversees the functioning of global AFP surveillance and coordinates development of new surveillance policies, updated technical guidelines and standard operating procedures.
Oversees the coordination of the activities of the Global Poliovirus Laboratory Network.
Assists with monitoring performance and reliability of the laboratory network and ensures adequate technical and material support needed to maintain the accreditation and high quality of the member laboratories.
Oversees and helps coordinate, finalization, updating and implementation of the Global Action Plan for Containment of polioviruses, including Sabin type 2 poliovirus containment as part of the planned global withdrawal of OPV2.
Supports the development of technical guidelines for special surveillance activities and guides the development of strategic plans for mitigating poliovirus risks and response plans for polio outbreaks.
Oversees technology upgrades and capacity building for data management systems in POL and in the regions and priority countries.
Ensures the quality of weekly and monthly program data updates through standard bulletins.
Coordinates the development and use of results monitoring frameworks to track progress in each polio transmission area and to help guide program response and allocation of resources by POL and GPEI partners.
Advanced degree in a health discipline.

Medical degree or doctoral degree in epidemiology or public health.
Extensive knowledge of public health and epidemiology, with broad practical knowledge of public health, infectious disease surveillance, microbiology laboratories and vaccine science, 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 the leadership of multi-disciplinary teams and servicing the needs of different partners.
Planning, organizational and management skills.
Excellent writing and presentation skills.
Computer literacy: proficiency in the use of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
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
5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
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 were at the international level, with management responsibility for large-scale public health programmes.
At least 4 years of this experience must be in vaccines and immunisation programmes and disease surveillance (ideally a combination of both national and international experience).
Substantial experience in disease eradication, vaccine, or infectious disease control policies and strategies.
Mid-to senior-level experience in a public health programme with responsibilities for managing and supervising staff.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Intermediate knowledge of French is desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 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 and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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