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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/TASR35
Title: Health Policy Senior Advisor (GRC)
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary Appointment under Staff Rule 420.4
Duration of contract:  Project funded to 30 June 2015 + See Additional Information below
Date: 7 August 2013
Application Deadline: 27 August 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Athens, Greece
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DSP Health Systems and Public Health (EU/DSP)
The objective of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health is to assist the Member States of the WHO European Region to design, adopt and implement comprehensive health and health systems policies, strategies and tools in line with the values of solidarity, equity and participation. The DSP provides policy and technical assistance in collaboration with development partners and Civil Society Organizations.

The Division contributes to the development of the WHO European Health Policy Health 2020 and National Health Policies, Plans and Strategies, and the knowledge base in the broad thematic areas of health systems governance, financing, service delivery and resource generation, in collaboration with other relevant international, regional, national and non-governmental partners.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the position:
The incumbent will take the lead and responsibility for the overall implementation and day to day management of the Health Reform Support Programme (HRSP) in Greece co-funded by Greece and EU while ensuring that the HRSP achieves its defined results as defined in the agreement between the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Greece. The Agreement sets out strategic pillars of the reform process: hospital reimbursement system based on Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG), health insurance, hospital management, pricing and reimbursement system for pharmaceuticals, human resources management system, e-health, health tourism, primary health care and public health. The last two will be directly supported by WHO and will add to the general support that WHO will provide to the monitoring and coordination of the implementation of the HRSP.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health , the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities:

A. Comprehensive oversight of all operations and technical components pertaining to the Health Reform Support Programme
  • To provide technical guidance pertaining to the Programme-at-large by identifying and harmonizing cross-cutting themes and maintaining consistency in technical objectives and approaches taken.
  • To ensure all activities of the Organization and its partners are performed adequately, on schedule and in accordance with relevant guidelines, contractual agreements, and other relevant documents.
  • To introduce and promote the main messages, values and vision of the Organization and its guiding commitments outlined in the WHO European Health Policy, Health 2020, across all technical work.
  • To oversee the preparation of, quarterly updates of progress according to an agreed upon programme of work for submission to the Ministry of Health and other partners where relevant as well as the internal documentation (travel reports, financial documentation and maintenance of accounts),
  • To identify areas where further action is needed, providing timely actions and mobilizing needed resources to ensure a suitable response is promptly identified.

  • B. Providing direct technical input on WHO-specific pillars of the Health in Action Framework
    • To maintain oversight and be responsible for ensuring the overall timeliness and quality of deliverables developed internally and in collaboration with partners and consultants.
    • To introduce and promote the main messages, values and vision of the Organization and its guiding commitments outlined in the WHO European Health Policy, Health 2020.
    • To facilitate high level policy dialogue around knowledge and evidence and translate this understanding into relevant policy options, strategies and documents as defined in the agreed upon programme of work.
    • To lead the eventual design of the second phase of the HRSP.

    C. Managing in-country operations related to and overseeing the allocation and appropriate use of all Programme resources
    • To oversee the management and allocation of resources for the efficient delivery of services and products.
    • To oversee the recruitment and direct the consultants engaged for short-term, topic-specific projects and initiatives in accordance with the Organization's policies.
    • To ensure that appropriate procedures are established and implemented for the inspection and monitoring of work completed by consultants and contracted partners so as to be able to certify that work and services are satisfactory and accomplished in compliance with contractual agreements.
    • To act as a first level supervisor for assigned staff -Health System Analyst, National Professional Officers and administrative staff - including the management of staff performance through regular reporting and evaluation, the regulation of workloads, and coordination with the Division regarding travel, holidays and fund availability.
    • To ensure records on technical and financial aspects of the agreed upon programme of work, including monitoring of activities and their outcomes as well as relevant minutes, decisions and recommendations of meetings and workshops are maintained.

    D. Representing the Organization as Programme focal point in-country and coordinator for all relevant national and international partners
    • To serve as the central focal point in-country on behalf of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health of WHO Regional Office for Europe on all matters pertaining to the Health Support Reform Programme.
    • To liaise with in-country and international partners pertaining to this work, including but not limited to the Greek Ministry of Heath, the European Union, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the German Government (in the role as Domain Leader).
    • To keep abreast of contemporary issues in Greece, assessing their relevance to and implications on the Programme, and advise and guide all relevant partners and technical areas of work accordingly.

    E. Perform other duties in the scope of the assignment as requested.
Essential: Post graduate degree in medicine, public health, health systems, health economics, public administration, social science, services administration, management or other field related to public health from an accredited institution.
Desirable: PhD degree in the above mentioned fields

Essential: Knowledge and skills in capacity building, development agenda, global and international health and implementation of technical cooperation interventions, bilateral and multilateral.
Computer literacy. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programmes.
Desirable: Knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries of the European Region and Greece in particular. Knowledge of the WHO and UN system.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Producing results: Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs. Acts appropriately without prompting and makes things happen; handles problems effectively. Capacity to compile, monitor, evaluate, validate and use programme information and data. Proactive inclination and ability to work in a complex environment and under pressure. Ability to adapt to fast-paced change, monitor emerging trends and to adapt to new interventions.
  2. Ensuring the effective use of resources: Identifies priorities and defines realistic objectives and timelines. Develops plans into clearly defined objectives that take account of changing circumstances. Establishes measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned. Monitors costs and seeks to use the most cost-effective methods. Identifies, organizes and effectively manages the financial and human resources needed to achieve results.
  3. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization: Ability to work collaboratively with team members and counterparts inside and outside the organization to achieve results. Encourages co-operation and builds rapport among fellow team members at all levels. Actively encourages people from different parts of the Organization to work together. Excellent inter-personal skills with ability to cooperate and negotiate with technical and funding agencies, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with international and national staff at all levels. Excellent inter-personal and coordination skills to establish effective working relations within WHO and with international and national partners and stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, consultants and partners.
  4. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership: Promotes WHO's mission , values and vision and its guiding commitments outlined in the WHO European Health Policy, Health 2020. Demonstrates authority and credibility in dealings with others.
  5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Ensures the roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clearly defined, understood and accepted. Motivates staff to achieve team goals.

Essential: Minimum of ten years experience in providing high level and decision making advice to national authorities, international organizations and/or governing bodies, on health policy, health systems including at least 3 years at international level; experience in policy-making, work-planning and strategy development processes including direct management of health projects.
Desirable: Experience in WHO or in another international organization. Previous experience with EU supported initiatives.
Essential: Excellent command of the English language and knowledge (intermediate level) of another WHO and/or EURO official language.
Desirable: Knowledge of Greek or other WHO official languages.
Additional Information:
Extension of appointment beyond 30 June 2015 is subject to project continuation, performance and the continued need for the function.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

WHO has an on-line recruitment system, therefore ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

A written test may be used as a screening tool. Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 45.9 % 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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