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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PEC/FT32
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 28 January 2014
Application Deadline: 18 February 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/PEC Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (HQ/PEC) /
HQ/ERM Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (HQ/ERM)
HQ/GHC Global Health Cluster Unit
To contribute to the prevention and mitigation of the health consequences of emergencies and disasters, especially in those settings where a Country Health Cluster (CHC) is activated. The Global Health Cluster (GHC) Unit leads, coordinates, and monitors the work of GHC and coordinates its work with other partner agencies, WHO departments and regional offices. The unit contributes to the effectiveness and quality of CHC performance by promoting more predictable response and collective action by GHC partners.
Description of duties:
- Provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the Global Health Cluster.
- Oversee and manage the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the GHC multi-year strategy and annual work plans.
- Strengthen the engagement of partners in the GHC and country health clusters.
- Engage WHO colleagues across the regional offices and other headquarters departments to contribute to the work of the GHC.
- Manage the GHC Unit, including supervision and mentoring of staff.
- Expand GHC membership to ensure stronger representation of partners from under-represented regions, including Africa, Asia, Middle-East, Latin America.
- Maintain effective communications with cluster partners through regularly scheduled teleconferences, a GHC newsletter (bi-monthly, minimum), keeping the GHC webpages updated, and ad hoc e-mail and telecommunications on relevant policy and operational issues.
- Organize, convene and document meetings/videoconferences every three months of the GHC core group.
- Organize, convene and document regular 6 monthly meetings of the GHC.
- Organize, convene and document an annual Country Health Cluster Forum for Health Cluster Coordinators.
- Foster collaboration with other organizations with significant international programmes, e.g. MSF, ICRC.
- Strengthen coordination and collaboration with other IASC clusters to promote intersectoral synergies and efficiencies.
- Represent the GHC on the Inter-agency Standing Committee's (IASC) Global Cluster Coordination Group and other relevant bodies as indicated.

- Facilitate collaboration between the department of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (ERM) / Surge & Crisis Support (SCT) and other GHC partners to ensure timely and effective emergency surge for core Country Health Cluster functions at national and sub-national levels.
- Facilitate collaboration between WHO regional offices and other GHC partners to ensure appropriate staffing for Country Health Cluster functions at national and sub-national levels in non-acute settings.
- Track the surge capacity, technical and operational capacities, and country presence of GHC partners, through the annual implementation, analysis and reporting on the GHC survey tool.
- Advocate for strengthened GHC partner surge capacity, for both the implementation of cluster functions as well as the implementation of effective health service delivery during emergency response.
- Advocate with GHC partners to assume CHC co-lead roles at national or sub-national levels, in collaboration with WHO Regional Offices.
- Convene teleconferences with partners on as-needed basis to review CHC operations and options for addressing service delivery gaps (in acute, protracted and slow-onset crises), in collaboration with WHO regional offices and country offices.
- Convene teleconferences with partners on as-needed basis to review options for addressing identified service delivey gaps at country level, including in protracted emergencies as well as when early warning systems indicate progress of a slow onset emergency (even when cluster not yet activated).
- Monitor and evaluate Country Health Cluster performance.
- Lead planning and coordination for the annual application of the Cluster Performance Monitoring Tool by each CHC, in collaboration with WHO regional offices, ERM/ Policy, Practice & Evaluation (PPE), ERM/ Intelligence Information & Monitoring (IIM), and other GHC partners.
- Facilitate collaboration among WHO regional offices, ERM/PPE, and other GHC partners to support joint evaluations of Country Health Cluster performance (minimum 2 annually).

- Consolidate and analyse information gathered by ERM/IIM on activated health clusters, their functional status, membership, status of co-cluster leads, service delivery gaps, and performance, including through the Cluster Performance Monitoring Tool.
- Inform WHO regional offices, other GHC partners and Director/ERM of relevant issues in a timely fashion.
- Track the deployments, profiles and professional development of Health Cluster Coordinators and ERM staff, in close collaboration with WHO Regional Offices.
- Advise WHO regional offices and Director/ERM of relevant issues in a timely fashion.
- Promote and facilitate GHC advocacy, resource mobilization and donor outreach related to Global and Country Health Cluster functions, in collaboration with ERM/ Humanitarian Emergencies External Relations (ERX).
- Develop a section of the ERM annual report on GHC and CHC performance.
- Contribute to relevant donor reports.
- Revise and update the Global Health Cluster Guide, as needed.

Undertake other duties, as agreed with Director/ERM.
Advanced level university degree in public health, disaster management, or related field.

Training in international development.
Capacity to negotiate across multiple teams and agencies towards a common purpose.
Knowledge of the UN and humanitarian systems and processes, including UN reform (i.e. Transformative Agenda), IASC processes, NGOs, and the Cluster approach.
Ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments.
Integrity, tact and discretion in dealing with numerous contacts.
Strong leadership and convening skills.
Ability to plan and organize large-scale meetings.
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with proven writing and editing experience and ability.
Computer literacy: word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
At least 10 years of relevant experience in humanitarian planning and operations, including at least 3 years in relevant international position(s).
Humanitarian response experience in settings of both acute onset and protracted emergencies.
Substantial experience with Health Cluster operations at national and international levels.
Extensive experience in inter-agency and inter-cluster collaboration at national and international levels.

Relevant work experience in WHO and/or UN agencies.
Experience working in relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations.
Experience in managing a Health Cluster at national level.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French or another UN official language.
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 80734 at single rate
USD 86904 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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