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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HQ/FT464
Title: Director
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 29 November 2013
Application Deadline: 21 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
Health Workforce Department (HWF) and the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA)
The Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) cluster mission includes fostering innovation for better health and supporting Member States to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by strengthening health systems and innovative approaches. Policy dialogue, informed by best evidence and systematic learning, and supported by capacity strengthening, aims to improve equity in health, access, coverage, quality and efficiency of health services.
The mission of the WHO Health Workforce (HWF) department is to assist countries in providing equitable universal access to an adequately trained, skilled and supported health workforce, in order to contribute towards the attainment of the highest possible level of health. The Health Workforce (HWF) department supports Member States through the development of norms and standards, guidelines and tools and technical advice. HWF collaborates with regional and country offices as well as development partners to address health workforce issues, such as training and education, information systems, planning and forecasting, migration, deployment and productivity. HWF seeks to improve health workforce systems performance and resulting health outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged populations, in the context of UHC. The Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) is a global initiative and partnership that is dedicated to overcoming the critical shortages in human resources for health. GHWA was established in 2006 for a ten years period. The mission of GHWA is to provide an enabling environment to mobilize global, regional and national leadership to adopt and invest in the most appropriate and effective policy options for health workforce development, in collaboration with relevant domestic stakeholders and the international community.The GHWA priorities are:
- Advocacy, communication and sensitization based on evidence: to promote Human Resources for Health (HRH) development, including stimulation of political visibility for HRH, and raising attention to gaps and "best buys";
- Support to GHWA global network of partners to foster interaction key HRH stakeholders;
- Organization of Global Forums on HRH
- Collaboration and support with all relevant partners to catalyse country action for HRH
- Collaboration and support to WHO in its normative and standard setting role for HRH
- Tracking of and reporting on HRH development and commitments.
The GHWA secretariat is hosted by the World Health Organization, until the end of its mandate in 2016.
Description of duties:
The Director's duties cover the breadth of WHO's work under HWF and integrates this with the advocacy work of the GHWA:


- Formulates the strategic directions, demonstrating an excellent understanding of the complex interrelationship of global and local factors and mechanisms which impact on health workforce development in countries and across borders;
- Through active leadership, dedication and vision, leads and supports GHWA to 2016 engaging the global stakeholders to advance the mandate and priorities of the GHWA;
-Promotes concerted action by UN Agencies, governments, private sector and NGOs on issues of the health workforce and ensuring political visibility of these issues;
- Provides dynamic leadership and expertise for innovative, evidence-based strategic support to Member States in addressing their health workforce problems;
- Formulates and coordinates the development and implementation of the global strategies, standards, guidelines and tools related to the priority work areas of HWF, including information, planning and forecasting, education, migration, retention and productivity;


- Leads and cooperates with relevant partners to enhance relevant research and exchange of experience on health workforce issues, so as to inform policymaking processes at global and country levels;
- Promotes synergies between the work produced by WHO and the work of external partners to optimize organizational success;
- Until 2016, builds networks of collaboration with major multi-sectoral interlocutors placing GHWA at the centre of a global movement that champions, facilitates and acts as a catalyst for the implementation of solutions to health workforce issues;
- Promotes integration of global, regional and country perspectives and multi-sectoral operational capacity into the work of the HWF and GHWA (until 2016) and its stakeholders;
- Supports and provides authoritative advice to Member States, the public and private health sectors, partners, UN agencies, international institutions and/or NGOs on the development and implementation of guidelines and tools related to health workforce classification, information, accreditation, policy and planning;
- Collaborates with the Regional and Country Offices, where appropriate, and staff in HQ to implement strategic and annual work plans and reports;


- Represents WHO and the GHWA (to 2016) in international and global forums;
- Serves as Secretary to the GHWA Board (to 2016) and takes responsibility for preparation of Board decision documents and progress reports to the Board and relevant stakeholders in a transparent manner;
- Through sound management leads the HWF department and the GHWA (to 2016) in the implementation of their work plans and budgets.
Advanced university degree in medicine, health or social science or other relevant area.

Post-graduate degree (doctorate or PhD) in public health or related field with emphasis on health workforce or health systems policy, planning or development or on health labour markets.
The Director must demonstrate the following:
- Thorough knowledge of health systems and health workforce development including policy frameworks for human resources development;
- Recognized leadership in global health, leading and fostering a partnership or international initiative;
- Ability to integrate and clearly explain complex health workforce development concepts;
- Capacity to work with senior officials at national and international levels;
- Excellent managerial and policy expertise and ability to provide authoritative advice on linkages between the health workforce, health system performance and priority disease programmes;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills;

WHO Competencies
1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Producing results
5. Moving forward in a changing environment.
At least 10 years relevant experience in health workforce or health systems policy, development and information, of which at least 5 years international experience. Extensive experience in managing large, multicultural and multisectoral teams. Internationally recognized authority in the field of health workforce.

Practical experience in the organization and management of human resources for health for service delivery. Demonstrated experience in working with partnership and multi-constituency programmes and in dealing with health workforce issues. A track record of related publications.
Expert knowledge of English is required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates. A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 95 394 at single rate
USD 103 204 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.

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