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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/FT28
Title: Director
Grade: D2
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years
Date: 27 January 2014
Application Deadline: 10 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/GMP Global Malaria Programme
The WHO Global Malaria Programme supports WHO Member States and their implementing partners to prevent, control, and eliminate malaria, and to achieve significant reductions in malaria morbidity and mortality, in accordance with relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly and internationally agreed targets for malaria control and elimination.

The Global Malaria Programme is the disease-specific technical department responsible for leading WHO's work in malaria control and elimination. It is located at WHO Headquarters in Geneva within the Cluster for HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM). The Director of the Global Malaria Programme is accountable for the effective management of the Programme and is contributing for achieving a significant reduction in malaria morbidity and mortality in accordance with the internationally agreed targets for malaria control and elimination. The department's core roles are:
1. Set, communicate and promote the adoption of evidence-based norms, standards, policies, technical strategies, and guidelines;
2. Keep independent score of global progress;
3. Develop approaches for capacity-building, systems strengthening, and surveillance; and
4. Identify threats to malaria control and elimination as well as new opportunities for action.

The Director of the Global Malaria Programme reports to the Assistant Director-General, HTM, and works in close collaboration with other relevant departments, clusters and offices in HQ and Regional and Country Offices, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat (RBM), UNITAID, and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in WHO Headquarters. The Director GMP supervises a multidisciplinary staff and mobilizes and manages the financial resources of the department. The Director collaborates and convenes expertise and resources from a wide range of international partners, including malaria endemic countries, academia, donors, civil society, the private sector, foundations and research organizations.
Description of duties:
WHO is the global leader in efforts to prevent, control and eliminate malaria; the Director will be a dynamic individual who guides and inspires a multidisciplinary team to accomplish these goals. Promoting and advancing the malaria agenda in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and emerging post-MDG agenda and architecture, the director manages a demanding technical area and advances the issue by skillfully negotiating and leading the work in a complex political and operating environment. The Director must also build collaborations to garner the necessary support (including resource mobilization) to address the challenges faced globally.

The assigned duties are:
1. Strategic and Technical Direction:
a. Leading and directing the strategic and technical work of WHO in the field of malaria prevention, control and elimination, including development and promotion of: strategies for prevention, control and elimination; norms and standards; policy guidelines; training materials; research priorities; monitoring and reporting on progress towards the MDGs and other related malaria control targets; and surveillance.
b. Planning, budgeting and reporting on the work of the Global Malaria Programme, in line with the malaria-related outcomes and outputs defined by the WHO's programme budget within the WHO's Twelfth General Programme of Work 2014-2019 .
c. Providing expert technical and strategic advice on malaria to the Director-General, Regional Directors and Member States, as well as relevant partners and partnerships, such as the Global Fund and the office of United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and Malaria, including technical support in planning, implementing and evaluating country programmes.

2. Resource Mobilization and Management:
a. Mobilizing resources for WHO work in malaria.
b. Managing the human and financial resources of the Global Malaria Programme in accordance with WHO policies.
c. Managing the activities and delivering the expected outcomes of the Global Malaria Programme in accordance with the approved work plan and office specific results.

3. Partnerships and Coordination:
a. Coordination with WHO Regional and Country offices and other clusters and departments of WHO Headquarters to deliver on the Organization's malaria-related goals.
b. Building and sustaining effective collaboration with other key stakeholders working towards the goals of malaria control and elimination, including but not limited to those within the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
Undergraduate degree plus Postgraduate qualification. Either or both must be in medicine or public health or tropical medicine or entomology or veterinary medicine or other relevant fields directly related to malaria.
1. Globally-respected level of knowledge and technical expertise in malaria control and elimination.
2. Proven leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, which may include the implementation of disease control programmes.
3. Excellent skills and experience in managing people and financial resources.
4. Ability to engage and communicate effectively with Member States, partners and media.
5. Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners in malaria control and elimination.

WHO Competencies
1. Producing results
2. Ensuring the effective use of resources
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 10 years of national and international experience in the planning, implementation and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes.

A dynamic, globally-renowned expert in malaria with at least 5 years of experience in the following areas:
1. leading national or international communicable disease control programmes, particularly malaria;
2. managing and motivating a multidisciplinary team;
3. promoting the team's activities at both a national and international level to mobilize financial resources from the international donor community including other UN agencies, bilateral development organizations, NGOs and the private sector;
4. developing public health policy at both national and international levels;
5. working in a diversity of geographical or hierarchical settings ( i.e. private vs public sector, Headquarters vs Country Office);
6. proven collaboration with a wide variety of partners who share the passion for controlling malaria.
Expert knowledge of English required. Intermediate knowledge of French would be an asset. Knowledge of UN official language is an asset.
Additional Information:
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 102'981 at single rate
USD 112'096 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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