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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSE/TA91
Title: Project Manager
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 13 September 2013
Application Deadline: 4 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/PED Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (HQ/PED)
HQ/HIP Influenza, Hepatitis and PIP Framework
The main aims of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (PED) are: 1) to make available to others expert knowledge and guidance based on scientific and public health experience related to the prevention and control of epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases and related risks such as antimicrobial drug resistance; 2) to develop, implement, facilitate or coordinate the mechanisms, activities, public health research and initiatives needed by countries and the international community to prevent, detect, assess, notify and respond to acute and longer term public health risks related to epidemic and pandemic infectious diseases; 3) to strengthen, support and promote important measures such as research, vaccination and infection control that are critical for mitigating the impact of infectious diseases; and 4) to provide programmatic support during outbreaks and other urgent health security events. The department covers influenza and other respiratory diseases, cholera, hepatitis, meningitis, yellow fever, and numerous other dangerous pathogens as well as the management of specific related systems, networks and groups. This list may change over time.
Description of duties:
The incumbent will be responsible for the management of all operational aspects of implementation of Partnership Contribution (PC) resources, including intensive liaison with technical and management units within PED, across HQ and at regional levels:

Manage project workplan development.
Identify critical goals, objectives and key outcomes to be achieved by WHO with Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) PC funds.
Identify criteria for prioritizing funds and activities within project plans.
Coordinate launch meetings with regions, and participate in regional and national level discussions as needed.
Provide technical guidance and establish a process for development of region specific workplans and budgets.
Support and provide technical reviews to regions and HQ teams to ensure that key elements of plans are achievable and realistic.
Develop the composite WHO workplan for consideration and approval by the Director-General.
Establish agreement across teams and stakeholders of indicators for monitoring progress towards project goals.
Manage project implementation, monitoring and reporting.
Establish a project launch and timeline, including financial monitoring.
Develop strategies, streamlined procedures and formats to ensure effective use of funds, timely reporting and monitoring of implementation.
Monitor and evaluate implementation progress and consider course corrections where needed.
Ensure development and timely submission of technical and financial reports to advisory group and governing bodies.
Masters university degree in health, business or social science.

Official training in project management.
Sound understanding of the PIP Framework.
Solid experience in project management and implementation.
Excellent communication and facilitation skills to integrate planning and monitoring across HQ and ROs.
Excellent organizational and analytical skills, complemented by good interpersonal and presentation skills.
Familiarity with WHO planning, management systems and practices.
Excellent writing skills in English.
Ability to produce results under pressure and to take a leading role within a team.
Effective writing of technical documents and high level of computer literacy.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Fostering integration and teamwork.
At least 7 years of project management work experience at international level, including management of complex health related projects with international partners.
Direct experience managing multiple projects simultaneously as well as strong financial management experience.
Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring complex workplans.

Experience in WHO or the UN system.
Experience with respiratory viruses.
Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 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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