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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/14/FWC/FT56
Title: Director
Grade: D2
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 13 March 2014
Application Deadline: 4 April 2014 Vacancy declared unsuccessful
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/MCA Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (HQ/MCA)
To enable high-burden countries to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high-quality health services for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (MNCAH), and increase coverage and quality of effective MNCAH interventions among pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.
Description of duties:
1. Lead the Department to develop evidence based policies, strategies and plans for integrated maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, with a view to reducing risk, morbidity and mortality, and improving health across the life course.
2. Lead the Department to provide Member States and other relevant stakeholders with policy guidance and technical information needed for the development, implementation and monitoring of comprehensive national policies and programmes for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
3. Develop evidence-based norms and standards and integrated interventions for health services delivery to pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, incorporating a rights-based approach, in collaboration with HRP* research.
4. Build capacity for high quality, integrated health services for pregnant women, newborns, children and adolescents, at facility and community levels, and monitors and measures progress in implementation and impact on survival, growth and development.
5. Manage the human and financial resources of the Department to achieve organizational objectives and results; planning, monitoring and reporting to ensure optimal performance of the Department; accountability for the timely, correct and efficient use of financial resources.
6. Work with the WHO Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) Department and other relevant international, regional and national counterparts to promote concerted action by WHO's partners (UN agencies, governments, and civil society) to further WHO's vision for every pregnant woman, newborn, child and adolescent to have universal access to high quality health services and to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health and development.
7. Promote the integration of WHO Regional and Country Office perspectives and operational capacities into the global programme of work for MCA. Foster an integrated approach to the delivery of WHO's MCA programme, including cultivation of global technical networks within and outside WHO.
8. Mobilize resources to fund the work of MCA at all levels of the Organization.
9. Represent, as and when requested, the Assistant Director-General or Director-General at external policy, coordination, scientific or other international meetings.
10. Act, as and when requested, as Assistant Director-General, FWC.

*Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction
Degree in Medicine with appropriate specialization at advanced degree level (for example, in paediatrics, public health or health management) with emphasis on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
Postgraduate degree in Public Health.
Broad knowledge of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and its public health aspects at regional and global levels. Knowledge of epidemiology of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent morbidity and mortality. Excellent managerial expertise and relevant experience in planning MNCAH services. Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and supervise staff of various backgrounds and develop a team approach to issues. Demonstrated ability to mobilize resources for health programmes. Ability to write clearly and articulately present on a broad range of issues while representing and promoting the interests of the Organization. Excellent negotiating skills and ability to interact with national and international authorities. Proven excellent leadership and management skills.

WHO competencies:
1. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Promoting innovation and organizational learning
5. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
At least 10 years of relevant professional experience at the national and international levels, some of which should be in maternal, newborn, child and/or adolescent programmes and their public health aspects in the field, including in developing countries.
Desirable: Experience working with a UN agency.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Knowledge of another WHO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian).
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.

An Executive Search will be involved in the selection process for this vacancy.

This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD102 981 at single rate
USD112096 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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Vacancy declared unsuccessful

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