TECHNICAL OFFICER - STRATEGIC PLANNING (SEAR/CO/13/FT21)

5 December 2016
 
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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/13/FT21
 
Title: Technical Officer - Strategic Planning
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  Two years
 
Date: 5 October 2013
 
Application Deadline: 4 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
 
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Objectives of the Programme:
WHO India Country Office collaborates with the Government of India and relevant stakeholders within the framework of the collaborative Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS). The objective of the General Management area of the WHO Country Office for India is to ensure implementation of CCS and the biennial workplans. The General Management area of work has a key strategic role in overseeing, planning and implementation of CCS priorities that span across diverse technical areas and workplans. Work involves cross-cutting technical inputs from CO staff working on all priority areas such as International Health Regulations, health systems and Universal Health Coverage, communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases and risk factors. The specific objective of strategic planning is to explore options and contribute to integrating CD and NCD programmes and service delivery in the health system.

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:
All the Member States of WHO in the South-East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; ( iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The South-East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India:
Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its 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.

Purpose of the Position:
Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with the Government of India by providing support to the work of the WHO Country Office for India in the area of strategic and operational planning and monitoring to promote integrated programme management and optimization of resources for achieving results.

Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India (WR India) and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, with a view to achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), as part of the WCO-India office, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

1. Assist WCO-India management in coordinating strategic and operational planning, including technical reporting on workplans;

2. Contribute to overall management and oversight of the WCO-India biennial work plans and budgets, including products, baselines, indicators, and other elements, financial and achievements;

3. Support the WCO-India planning and technical teams in creating, maintaining and analyzing work plans in GSM;

4. Develop and implement mechanisms to improve monitoring and implementation of WCO India workplans and contribute to developing necessary baseline indicators to enable effective monitoring and evaluation;

5. Anticipate issues and provide sound work planning advice on resource deployment options, reinforcing management's capacity to make effective programme delivery choices;

6. Promote best practices, methods and tools for budget and work planning to improve overall performance of WCO- India;

7. Assist WR-India, Coordinator, Health Programmes and NPO (Administration) in creating operational synergies among technical units, finance and administration, focusing their contributions on WCO India's performance and programme delivery within organizational policy frameworks;

8. Analyse and monitor HR / Activity work plans to assess salary savings to be transferred to activities and/or vice-versa, maintain work plans in GSM, towards optimum utilization of country resources;

9. Monitor budget ceilings and PB allocations and arrange for programme changes as and when required to ensure smooth implementation of programmes; coordinate with PPC/SEARO in this regard;

10. Contribute to the efforts of WCO finance team in the regional budget analysis exercise from WRO India's perspective and recommend timely shift between different Strategic Objectives towards efficient implementation of workplans.

11. Develop and update guidelines, standard procedures and database in all of the above fields of duties, as appropriate;

12. Assess the WHO-India financial needs for the biennium; prepare and maintain resource requirements plans, contribute to identifying appropriate funding sources to meet financial needs and shortfalls against budget;

13. Contribute to preparation of technical proposals and reports for donors; prepare updates and information in coordination with the WHO-India management;

14. Update overall WCO India resource requirements for the biennium in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and key partners in accordance with the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS);

15. Track donor contribution in order to effectively follow-up grant activities across WCO India projects and to determine progress and make decisions where further action is needed;

16. Ensure optimum use of resources in accordance with WHO rules and regulations, and the terms and conditions of donor agreements.

17. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

18. Undertake any other duty as required by WR India.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
University degree in Business Administration or Public/Finance administration

Desirable:
Advanced university degree in any of above fields.
Skills:
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.

- Technical expertise in planning and budgeting processes; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to analyse programme proposals and budgets and prepare status reports; ability to interpret rules and regulations and develop standard procedures; ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international level.

- Modern management skills (strategic and operational, planning and evaluation, etc). Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports.

- Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage

Competencies:
1. Ensuring the effective use of resources
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organisation and beyond

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Excellent knowledge of MS Office applications, especially Excel. Computer skills for making high quality data analysis and technical presentations.

Experience:
Essential:
At least Five years of relevant experience including two years of international experience in programme planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.

Desirable:
Experience in WHO or corporate sector planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation would be an asset. Experience in the reporting to donors would be an asset.

Languages:
Essential:
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

Desirable:
Knowledge of other UN languages an asset.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56,091/- at single rate
USD 60,091/- with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 38.9 % 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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