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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/FWC/FT91
Title: Programme Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 21 February 2014
Application Deadline: 14 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB)
The objective of the WHO Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department (IVB) is to achieve a world in which individuals and communities enjoy lives free from vaccine preventable diseases and our activities are guided by the principles set out in the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). In order to realize this vision, the Department work includes a range of activities including policy development, programme impact and monitoring, research and vaccine development and enhancing immunization systems including, routine and new vaccine introductions, accelerated disease control, vaccine supply and immunization financing.
Description of duties:
The position is placed within the Director's Office, External Relations and Resource Management Uit, with direct supervision by the Programme Manager. In particular the assigned duties include:
- Provide guidance and support for grants development in line with the grantors' requirements and with the requirements and priorities of departmental and WHO regulations.
- Ensure quality control processes for grant submissions; compile technical and financial reports from relevant technical units, countries and regions.
- Assist with financial implementation monitoring and ensure timely reporting to grantors including CDC, NIAID, the GAVI Alliance and the BMGF.
- Assist the Director and the relevant porgramme managers in the allocation of funds and alignment of grants in areas of work, particularly programme policies, impact monitoring activities, measles, rubella and meningitis campaigns.
- Assist the Programme Manager in the allocation and reporting of GAVI funds to concerned departments at HQ (Control of Epidemic Diseases (CED), Health Policy, Development and Services (HDS), Polio Eradication (POL)) and to the six WHO regional offices.
- Liaise with WHO Planning, Resource Coordination and Performance Monitoring (PRP) and the Category networks on the VPD Programme budget and assist technical units and regional offices in producing the relevant technical and operation details including outcomes, outputs and indicators; oversee the planning and monitoring of the Programme Budget (PB) allocations and income.
- Provide crucial direct support to WHO regions for grant management and oversight and participate in resource mobilization initiatives as required.
- Provide direct supervision to IVB Budget and Finance officers.
- Provide regular analysis of IVB's programme budget execution and projected income for Management review; propose and develop actions and solutions as required and perform other management operations as requested by the Programme Manager and/or Director IVB.
Master's level degree in business or public administration, management or finance.
Proven knowledge of budgetary, financial and administration practices and demonstrated ability to develop improved systems that support these processes. Solid understanding of IVB goals, mandates, technical programme areas of work and the global immunization context. Knowledge of global immunization donor priorities and related grant awarding mechanisms. Knowledge of WHO programme budget and financing rules, regulations and practices. Knowledge of key requirements of global immunization grantors. Knowledge of key global accelerated disease control initiatives. Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to guide and motivate others. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Proven ability to effectively supervise staff. Knowledge of office software applications including advanced level of Excel. Excellent negotiation skills.

WHO competencies:
1. Ensuring the effective use of resources
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way
At least 7 years of experience in financial management and public administration involving management of large complex budgets, of which some experience should be in the private sector, preferably with a multinational company.

Experience working in WHO and with its regional offices. International experience preferably with a multinational company managing and/or monitoring financial budgets. Experience in immunization programmes.
Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.

Intermediate knowledge of another WHO language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish).
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.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67,483 at single rate
USD 72,467 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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