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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HSE/FT501
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 18 November 2013
Application Deadline: 2 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HSE Health Security and Environment (HQ/HSE) /
HQ/GCR Global Capacities, Alert and Response (HQ/GCR)
Within WHO Programme Budget Category 5 "Preparedness, Surveillance and Response" and under the Programme area "Alert and Response Capacities", the objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response are to support national IHR capacity assessment, development and maintenance as well as to ensure further development and maintenance of an effective international system that is able to continuously assess the global context of public health risks (global risk assessment) and is prepared to respond rapidly to unexpected, internationally-spreading events and to contain specific public health threats.

The objectives of the Unit Programme are to maintain a global system of surveillance and risk assessment, to maintain and further develop the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), to provide operational support (logistics and Operation Centre) for response and to contribute to the development of a strategic framework for preparedness for all risks, including in the context of mass gathering, and to ensure that WHO's legal requirement under the IHR (2005) are fulfilled (IHR Emergency Committee, IHR Review Committee and IHR roster of experts).
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of Director, GCR, the incumbent leads a multidisciplinary unit focused on Global IHR Preparedness Surveillance and Response. As Unit Coordinator, he/she ensures:

Provision of leadership and authoritative advice in the development of procedures, tools and guidelines pertaining to the following areas:
Day-to-day coordination, management and coordination of risk assessment of critical information related to the global epidemic and emerging disease threats/events of potential international importance.
Maintenance and further development of information systems including the Global Event Management System (EMS), the WHO Event Information Site for IHR National Focal Points (EIS) and the Hazard Detection and Risk Assessment System.

Maintenance of the secretariat of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) including actions leading to further development and expansion of GOARN:
Operational support for response operations including maintenance of WHO Strategic Health Operations Center (SHOC) and ensuring further development of norms and standards for interoperability of operational information, logistics support as well as the maintenance and the international distribution of stockpiles and further development of WHO capacities in this area.

Development of a strategic framework for preparedness for all risks, including in the context of mass gathering:
Maintenance of WHO publication on International Travel and Health.
Report on IHR implementation progress, at WHO and by States Parties, maintain the IHR roster of experts, facilitate the rapid set up of IHR Emergency Committees and IHR Review Committees, record the
relevant jurisprudence in IHR implementation, and disseminate accurate information related to IHR.

Human resources management:
Provide supervision, guidance and careful evaluation of the performance of staff members.
Encourage the unit and its staff to use and support multi-disciplinary, cross cutting approaches to work where beneficial for accomplishing goals.
Promote professional excellence in all aspects of work conducted by members of the unit.

Work/Activity management:
Plan, manage and coordinate the work of the unit and its interaction with other units.
Plan, manage and monitor the activities of the unit so that the work is technically excellent, effectively and efficiently conducted, completed to a high standard.
Plan, manage and monitor the activities of the unit so that activities reflect the administrative and budgetary standards, guidelines, priorities and directions of WHO, Health Security and Environment (HSE) Cluster and the Department.
Allocate, monitor and ensure the timely and careful use of the unit's resources so that adequate support is assured.
Proactively resolve situations which might pose a threat to WHO or its reputation by identifying and solving critical problems and negotiating and implementing measures to reduce risks.

Support to others and representation of WHO:
Actively support the Cluster priorities, goals, procedures and processes so that work of the Cluster is successful and the reputation of WHO is enhanced.
Collaboratively participate and support the Department Director in the development of new policies, concepts, tools and strategies and their implementation.
University degree in medicine, science or emergency management with post-graduate degree in public health or emergency management.

Certification in project leadership and management.
Sound knowledge of the WHO rules and regulations as related to the subject matter, and of the relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board.
Excellent inter-personal skills.
Good communication skills with proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner.
Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Computer literacy, and excellent presentation skills.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
At least ten years' experience working in one or several of the areas related to the function, of which at least five years at the international level, preferably within WHO.
Proven experience in managing finances, budgets and staff and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities.

Proven primary responsibility for managing cross-cutting initiatives involving different departments or organizational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or similar.
Expert knowledge of English or French with an intermediate knowledge of the other language are required.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 95394 at single rate
USD 103204 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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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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