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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT398
Title: Director, Administration and Finance, Post #172029
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 19 September 2013
Application Deadline: 31 October 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/RDO Office of The Regional Director (EM/RDO)
EM/DAF, Director of Administration and Finance
Purpose of the Position:
Effectively managing coordinated service delivery support in the areas of financial, administrative and human resources across the entire WHO Region and all its country-operations, ensuring the highest level of integrity and compliance with WHO's rules, regulations and procedures in the areas of responsibility. Extending across a wide range of high-level interlocutors in- and outside of the Organization, this position is to motivate, inspire, lead and empower expert staff across a wide range of subject areas, encompassing all aspects of programme facilitation.
Objectives of the Programme:
Managing a comprehensive service platform, the main purpose of the programme budget area covered by the Office of the 'Director, Administration and Finance' is to ensure the efficient delivery of WHO's fundamental mandates through the provision of timely, targeted support in terms of overall Administrative Services, Human Resources, Budget and Finance Services, Procurement, Security and programme execution. This work is to be carried out in compliance with WHO's rules and regulations, policies and procedures, and with internal and external audit observations and recommendations, and in collaboration with the Member States of the countries covered by the Regional Office.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Reporting directly to the elected position of the Regional Director (UG level), the Director of Administration and Finance, directly and through overall line responsibility extending across the Regional Office to individual country-levels, carries overall managerial responsibility for financial, administrative and human resources issues. As part of the Senior Management team in the Region, the position leads a team of dedicated expert staff in the provision of programmatic support in the areas mentioned, providing a key contribution to WHO meeting its programmatic needs across the entire Region. In its capacity the position is a senior adviser to the Regional Director as well as to high-level counterparts at WHO Headquarters and operates as a key liaison focal point with host governments in respect of protocol and other related issues. The post holds key responsibility for ensuring that all elements of WHO's internal control framework are adequately implemented across the Region.
Summary of Assigned Duties:
Efficient, reliable, transparent and outcome-focused management of a large team of staff in the Regional Office and country level structures. Plan, coordinate and lead the Department of Administration and Finance's support with overall responsibility for all aspects of human resources, financial management and budget support, general administration, logistics and operations, procurement, information technology and WHO`s ERP-system (GSM) across the Region and all its country-level operations.

In particular, this includes:

Advising the Regional Director, programme Directors and Heads of WHO Country Offices on all non-technical aspects of operational planning, covering a wide range of administrative, financial, budgetary and human resources management related issues. Exercising primary responsibility in scrutinizing the finalization of project proposals and agreements in respect of administrative, legal, financial and staffing implications.

Exercising responsibility for staff relations, including incentives and disciplinary matters. Promoting a culture of consistent compliance with rules and regulations as well as ethical behaviour.

Providing advice to the Regional Director on financial aspects of operations and their implementation, aiming at optimizing service delivery and arriving at economies-of-scale within the given financial parameters, while at the same time ensuring meticulous adherence to financial rules and guidelines in a transparent manner, best suited to instil trust by key stakeholders such as donors and Member States in WHO's operations.

Creating an environment in the Region that promotes and supports the implementation of the best management practices, which are aligned with the overall changes in management/administrative roles, responsibilities and practices in WHO globally.

Leading the effective and efficient implementation of WHO's internal control framework in the region and reporting any major discrepancies to the Regional Director and the relevant functional lead at WHO Headquarters / General Management and taking corrective action where required.

Collaborating with interlocutors outside WHO on matters of security, project implementation frameworks, host agreements, protocol and diplomatic issues with host governments, technical partners, donors, NGOs, etc., and taking responsibility for these areas ensuring smooth operations across the Regional Office and in country operations.

Promoting integration of Regional and Country Office perspectives and operational capacities into the Divisions' work programmes. Providing the stable managerial framework that demonstrates the Regional Office`s efficiency and ability to deliver results-driven services of a consistently high standard.
Education (Qualifications):
Essential: Advanced degree of an academic institution of recognized standing in business administration, legal, financial or social sciences, in line with the requirements of the position.

Desirable: A highest level academic background (at Ph.D. level) or specialized post-graduate training or professional certification relevant to the position.
1) Driving WHO to a successful future (Leadership)
2) Producing results (Core)
3) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond (Managerial)
4) Creating an empowering and motivating environment (Managerial)
5) Fostering integration and team work (Core)

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Extensive practical knowledge of modern management techniques, especially in respect of large operations at either/or national, regional and global levels. Proven leadership ability. Ability to provide authoritative advice and motivate large groups of staff. Ability to clearly and articulately present concepts and strategies on a broad range of issues while representing and promoting the Organization.
Other Skills:
Computer literacy in the common applied software programmes relevant for a large and diversified managerially responsible position.
Essential: A minimum of 10 years of practical experience relevant to the position, with increasing levels of managerial responsibility, of which a minimum of 5 need to have been gained in an international context.

Desirable: UN- and / or WHO work experience highly desirable, including at the Regional / Country level. Experience in change management and organizational development.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of French and Arabic is an advantage.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- This Vacancy Notice is pusblished in English language only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$95394 at single rate
US$103204 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.4 % 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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