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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: UNITAID/13/TA87
Title: Project Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 3 September 2013
Application Deadline: 24 September 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: UT UNITAID (UT)
UNITAID's mission is to contribute to the scale-up of access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria
and tuberculosis for people in developing countries by leveraging quality drugs and diagnostics
price reduction, and accelerating the pace at which they are made available
Description of duties:
- Manages an evolving set of HIV projects for market results and sustainable public health impact;
- Facilitates project development from proposal stage to grant agreement signature, including implementer compliance with Proposal
Review Committee, Executive Board and Secretariat recommendations;
- Works with the Monitoring and Evaluation team, Procurement Advisor, Market Dynamics team, Legal Office, Technical Officers, Executive Office, and Finance team to finalize and approve logframes, and plans, procurement plans, budgets, project plans, and grant agreements;
- Identifies potential risks in approved proposals; and develops and ensures implementation of risk mitigation plans by project implementers;
- Analyses and monitors project performance, and provides guidance and support to implementers to comply with UNITAID requirements including timely submission of all project reports;
- Reviews reports with relevant Secretariat teams and staff and provides consolidated feedback, approved by the HIV Portfolio Manager (PM), to project implementers;
- Ensures timely submission of project implementer disbursement requests and based on a thorough review of the same, provides clear recommendations to the HIV PM on disbursement request approvals;
- Ensures that project management is aligned with all relevant business processes and standard operating procedures contained in UNITAID's Quality Management System. Contributes to their continuous improvement;
- Oversees various project transitioning activities related to continuation of sustainable financing of market interventions in the national health programs of project countries;
- Proactively participates in the preparation and revisions of operations work plans, operations policy, and budgets;
- Represents UNITAID in external fora for better project outcomes as well as closer coordination/cooperation with other institutions;
- Performs other duties as required and with explicit and prior approval by the HIV PM.
* Essential
Masters degree in project management, business management, public health, health management,
public administration or another relevant field.

Training in HIV/AIDS control and results-based project management.
*1. Producing results
*2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
*3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Knowing and managing yourself
5. Fostering integration and teamwork

Demonstrated knowledge in HIV/AIDS control, treatment and access issues. Strong multi-tasking
and results-based project management abilities. Proven ability to collaborate with people from
different professional and cultural backgrounds and motivate them to engage in rational planning
and effective implementation. Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop effective and
ethical work practices. Good understanding of market dynamics and market shaping interventions for health products. Ability to work in a dynamic environment and to produce results under pressure.
* Essential
Minimum of 7 years of experience managing programmes or projects related to HIV, Malaria or TB
treatment and diagnosis, of which five years at international level. Experience managing projects in
diagnostics and treatment of HIV, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, market shaping interventions,
and implementation through international organizations. Experience in development, review and
implementation of grant proposals, grant negotiation, implementation evaluation. financial
management and budget analysis.
Experience in supply chain management of health products. Experience in building and managing
partnerships. Experience in WHO, UN system, international or non-governmental institutions.
Experience working with or in national health programmes.
Expert knowledge of English with an intermediate knowledge of French desirable.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is publish in English only.
Priority to be given to internal candidates.
As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support the UT/UTD, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside the UT/UTD either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position.)
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$67 483 pa at single rate
US$72 467 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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