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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/13/FT372
Title: Programme Manager, National Health Policies
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years duration *
Date: 6 September 2013
Application Deadline: 8 October 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit: EU Europe (EU) /
EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO)
Division of Policy & Governance for Health & Well-being (PCR)
The mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support Member States in: (i) developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health. All four aspects are implemented within the framework of the European Policy Health 2020.

The Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being (PCR) leads and coordinates the implementation of the Health 2020 - the European policy framework supporting action across government and society for health and well-being. It supports development of national and sub-national health policy in Member States and provides strategic and technical directions and leadership on governance for health and health equity. Key areas of responsibilities of the Division include social determinants of health, gender, human rights and vulnerabilities and the coordination of the Healthy Cities Network, as well as the Regions for Health Network.

The PCR Division has staff located in Copenhagen and in Venice (WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice, Italy). The overall mission of the Division is a) to lead and coordinate the implementation of the new European Policy and Strategy for Health and Wellbeing - Health 2020 and the findings of the major studies that informed the development of Health 2020 (European Social Determinants and Health Divide Review; Governance for Health; and the Economics of Health Promotion) and b) to provide strategic directions and technical leadership in a number of programmatic areas that also have a strong relevance (cross-cutting) to the work of all technical divisions.

The programmes and technical areas of work that are the responsibility of the PCR Division are as follows:

1) Health 2020 Implementation
2) National and sub-national intersectoral Health Policies
3) Governance for Health
4) Social Determinants of Health
5) Vulnerability and Health, Migrant and Roma Health
6) Gender and health
7) Human Rights and health
8) Patients empowerment
9) Public Health implications of Migration
10) Urban Health and Healthy Cities Networks
11) Regions for Health Network
12) Coordination of Healthy Settings networks & Mainstreaming health promotion
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the Director, Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives:

A. Core responsibilities in assisting Member States in relation to leadership and governance for health include:

(i) strategic advice to and dialogue with policy makers on implementing Health 2020 and developing national and sub-national health policies, strategies and plans through inter-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approaches;
(ii) technical assistance to Member States through high level policy dialogues, capacity building, strategic guidance, consultancy to individual countries and multi country initiatives and the development of mechanisms and processes addressing the whole policy development cycle. Special emphasis is given to strengthening national capacity in the identification of appropriate mechanisms for health policy development relevant to the countries needs and circumstances, as well as associated organizational and institutional features of health systems; and
(iii) advocacy and advice for the enhancement of the leadership skills of health ministries in working with multiple stakeholders and across government for formulating and developing health policies using different entry points and shared governance approaches.

B. Core responsibilities in providing intellectual and technical leadership and guidance in directing the development of a European policy and knowledge of national health policies include:

(i) acting as the WHO EURO technical content expert and focal point for national health policies, strategies and plans;
(ii) acting as the programmatic lead for the Health 2020 implementation in countries;
(iii) systematically identify European and other experience and knowledge in national health policies and documenting gaps to stimulate further research in this area;
(iv) producing and synthesizing knowledge related to the health policies, strategies and plans, and related processes and mechanisms to build the evidence for dissemination to Member States;
(v) producing evidence-based guidance, resource materials and tools including case studies and authoritative and relevant policy papers and briefs on the subject matter; and
(vi) documenting and rendering explicit the pros and cons of various policy options in the context of the socio-political and organizational context of the diverse countries of the European Region.

C. Core responsibilities as a Programme Manager:

C.1. Technical nature:
(i) to ensure technical quality in the technical programme;
(ii) to ensure consistency and cohesiveness with the WHO guidelines and approaches, and messages, contributing to the WHO normative function;
(iii) to be responsible for the overall timeliness and quality of all programme deliverables of both country and inter-country workplans;
(iv) maintaining a pool of accredited consultants

C.2. Managerial nature:
(i) to provide leadership and managerial oversight to the work of all programme staff;
(ii) to mobilize resources to efficiently deliver services/products within country and inter-country workplans;
(iii) to be responsible for the planning and allocation of resources within country and intercountry workplans in consultation and coordination with the Director of the Division;
(iv) to act as 1st level supervisor for assigned staff of the programme (monitoring of performance through reporting & evaluation, monitoring of workload, coordination within the division regarding travel, holidays, funds availability).

Advanced university degree in health policy, public health, social science or health administration and management.

Doctorate in health policy, policy development , public health, international relations and development, health economics or health systems.
Good understanding of the health policy cycles; modern concepts of health policy development, inter-sectoral action and governance for health; social determinants of health and equity. Knowledge of the WHO and UN system would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required.

Competencies required:

1) Promoting WHO's position in health leadership -
Ability to successfully promote WHO's mission and programme of work. Proven ability to provide sound policy and technical advice to institutions and governments. Demonstrates authority and credibility in dealings with others. Prepares and delivers complex and high level messages, using a range of appropriate techniques.

2) Creating an empowering and motivating environment - Ability to provide staff with clear direction and support in meeting objectives. Provides staff with regular feedback, recognizes good performance and addresses performance issues. Motivates staff to achieve individual and team goals.

3) Producing results - Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs. Act appropriately without being prompted and makes things happen; will handle problems effectively. Good analytical skills.

4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond - Ability to work collaboratively with team members and counter parts inside and outside the organization to achieve results. Will encourage co-operation and build rapport among fellow team members at all levels.. Actively encourages people from different parts of the Organization to work together.

5) Communicating in a credible and effective way -
Excellent writing ability, as reflected in a history of high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent skills in making presentations, as reflected in a history of high quality technical and policy related presentations in international fora. Good communication skills and sensitivity to cultural and socio-political realities of countries.
At least ten years hands-on working experience in health policy, health policy analysis including at least 5 years at the international level; attaining managerial rank.
Three to five years of practical experience in implementing or advising on national health policies development, capacity building for addressing health in all policies and the social determinants of health and whole of government and whole of society approaches for health and wellbeing and health leadership strengthening.
Experience of advising lower and middle income countries.
Management experience in the field of health policy development and analysis.

Experience working with or in other multi- and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector.
Excellent command of the English language and working knowledge of a WHO and/or EURO Official language.

Knowledge of other WHO EURO languages is an asset.

Additional Information:
* Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

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

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.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 76.4 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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