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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/NMH/FT295
Title: Director
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 16 July 2013
Application Deadline: 10 September 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The objectives of the Programme are to take forward the agenda related to the equitable management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) by: (i) providing strategic leadership, engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed; (ii) shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; (iii) setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation; (iv) articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and (vi) monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.
Description of duties:
1. Develop a departmental programme of work in line with the vision of the Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) Cluster, WHO's Global Program of Work and the NCD Action Plan for prevention and control of NCDs.
2. Provide timely and effective inputs into other policies and plans across NMH and WHO, to ensure that cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease as well as prevention of blindness and deafness are appropriately reflected.
3. Lead, coordinate and facilitate, in collaboration with other directors, work across WHO HQ, regional and country offices, to implement the relevant parts of the 2013-2020 Global NCD Action Plan to contribute to meeting the targets set out in the global monitoring framework.
4. Oversee the development and delivery of NCD management programme (including eye and hearing health), and WHO's engagement on relevant initiatives and collaborations relating to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and other NCDs.
5. Provide strategic support and technical and policy advice to Regional Offices and Country Offices in scaling up their response in assisting Members States to control and manage NCDs.
6. Oversee direct technical support to Member States, providing guidance for: (i) early detection, diagnosis, treatment, self-care and rehabilitation of NCDs with a special focus on cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease; (ii) development, implementation and evaluation of public health policies, strategies, and programmes to strengthen health systems to address NCDs through a primary health care approach.
7. Work with partners to develop new and innovative approaches for strengthening the way health systems respond to NCDs. A focus here is on sustainable solutions and ones that respond to the needs of Member States.
8. Work with UN agencies and other international partners to promote effective and coordinated scale up in tackling cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease as well as prevention of blindess and deafness.
9. Develop a coherent strategy for the way that WHO Collaborating Centres support the work of the division.
10. Mobilise resources for WHO at global, regional and national levels and advocate for resources for the prevention and control of NCDs - and specifically for the work of the division.
11. Manage the department, ensuring human and finance resources are well managed, supporting the wider principles and practice of WHO Reform.
12. Communicate the results of the department (and WHO's wider NCD work) across the Organization and with international partners.
University degree in medicine and post-graduate medical qualification for specialization in internal medicine or NCD management (e.g. board certification in internal medicine, MRCP* or equivalent).
* Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

Advanced degree in public health.
Doctoral degree in epidemiology or public health aspects of one or more NCDs.
Technical expertise in the management of noncommunicable diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.
Technical expertise in health systems.
Broad knowledge of the public health aspects of noncommunicable diseases.
Demonstrated leadership skills.
Ability to empower and motivate teams.
Proven ability to promote, advocate and raise funds for public health causes in the international arena.

WHO Competencies:
1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
2. Producing results
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
At least ten years of professional experience in the management of NCDs at national and international levels.
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing major strategic programmes in prevention and control of NCDs, at national and international levels.
Substantial experience at senior management level.
Demonstrated experience in raising programme funds.

Experience in conducting operational research on NCD prevention and control in developing countries.
Experience in WHO or other United Nations organizations.
Expert knowledge of English is required.
Intermediate knowledge of other WHO official languages 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 95394 at single rate
USD 103204 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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