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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/CO/14/FT01
Title: Coordinator, Health Programmes
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two Years
Date: 7 February 2014
Application Deadline: 6 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The South -East Asia Region of WHO is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, with India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India

Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.

Purpose of the Position:

In a context of striving towards improved efficiency and effectiveness, improved administration and financial management, strengthened managerial role of WHO Country Office for India and incentives to work horizontally at country level, a Coordinator, Health Programmes is a responsible manager in charge of achieving WHO Strategic Objectives in India across SOs 1-11 as defined by WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India for 2012-2017. S/he will contribute to overall efforts to:
(i) Strengthen the strategic and managerial aspects of the WCO-India work (pursuit of corporate objectives, ensure solid follow up and accountability, etc.);
(ii) Ensure effective supervision of work within right-sized WCO operation;
(iii) Improve quality and relevance of work at the service of Member State;
(iv) Strengthen transparency through better follow up and evaluation.

Description of duties:
Under the leadership, strategic and managerial oversight of his/her First Level Supervisor, WHO Representative to India, the Coordinator, Health Programmes will have following general responsibilities:
* To provide leadership and managerial oversight to the work of all staff under his/her supervision irrespective of the project (TB, HIV, NCD etc) and location (in New Delhi and in WHO field offices). S/he will facilitate the internal communications and exchange of information and promote team spirit and work. Facilitate the personal and professional development of all staff;
* To be responsible for achieving the expected results set out in the relevant strategic objectives (SOs) identified by WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India, inspiring and leading the health programme's staff and ensuring adequate and quality contributions of all staff to the implementation of country workplans;
* To mobilize and allocate resources to efficiently deliver services/products and to develop activities throughout the country within the WCO budget envelop; the Coordinator, Health programmes will be responsible for shifting resources between activities as necessary, within the general WHO rules;
* The general management of the team in supporting the Member State (by means of technical services, including policy and technical advice, development of norms, information, and other WHO core functions) as well as in providing strategic inputs to the South-East Asia Regional Office's work;
* The general management of the General Service staff in providing administrative support to delivery of the SO's within health programmes areas;
* To ensure the managerial measures necessary to obtain reliable monitoring and performance assessment information through reporting, evaluation and other mechanisms and to correct known performance pitfalls;
* To ensure contribution to the production of specific health evidence/intelligence in support of health intelligence service to Member State.

Specific responsibilities:
* Lead production and development of corporate country specific strategies for the WHO Country Office in India and ensure coherence and consistency of sectoral strategies developed by technical health and health systems programmes;
* Lead the biennial strategic planning exercise in health and health systems programmes, with recommendations on resource allocation in terms of specific Strategic Objectives, including human resources/activity costs, etc.;
* Lead evaluation of the impact of WHO work in and with Member State (aggregated and area specific) and development of evaluation tools, e.g. defining the necessary performance indicators, assessing progress in country work implementation, assessing cost-effectiveness and impact of WHO's work on annual and biennial bases;
* The management of WCO's knowledge of specific health and health systems programmes, diseases and related factors in addressing important contributors to the burden of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, malaria, polio, immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases, emerging and re-emerging and pandemic prone diseases, International Health Regulations, etc.;
* The management of WCO's work in addressing various aspects related to communicable disease causes and risk factors, as well as their surveillance and response, and efficient alert and response systems etc. Interventions in high-risks groups and environments, such as prisons, migrants will receive particular attention;
* The management of WCO's knowledge of specific health programmes, disease and related factors in addressing the burden of non-communicable diseases in India (cardio- and cerebro-vascular diseases, cancer, violence and injuries, mental health, etc.);
* The management of WCO's work in addressing the main contributing factors to non-communicable diseases (alcohol, tobacco, substance abuse, etc.) and associated conditions such as obesity, unhealthy lifestyles including diet and nutrition, lack of physical activity, etc;
* The management of WCO's work in addressing environmental risks and hazards to health (e.g. related to water and sanitation, urban environmental quality, including air quality, chemical safety, occupational health, climate change, etc.);
* The management of WCO's knowledge and advice about health systems' functions and building blocks such as stewardship/governance (leadership and coordination, strategy development, regulations and laws, high-level accountability, influencing other sectors to incorporate health concerns in their policies, monitoring and evaluation for public accountability of policy/implementation improvement); financing (revenue raising, risk and resource pooling, resource allocation and methods of payment); resource generation (technologies including pharmaceuticals, health workforce and knowledge management, country health information systems and health metrics networks); and service delivery (personal and population-based);
* The measures that promote integration of health programmes' within health system approach at SO level and within the WCO India country workplan.
Essential: University Degree at highest level in Health or Social Sciences, Management or Economics

Desirable: Postgraduate degree (Master or PhD) in any of the above or a combination of training and experience.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

The Coordinator, Health Programmes, should be:
- Identified with the core values of the World Health Organisation
- Skilful in modern management methods (performance measurement, team management, design and operation of modern management information systems, planning and evaluation, etc)
- Skilful in understanding the potential motivating factors of his/her staff to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
- Able to promote innovative arrangements to maximize the effectiveness of his/her team in line with variations in workload.

 Producing results
 Ensuring the effective use of resources
 Moving forward in a changing environment
 Creating an empowering and motivating environment
 Promoting innovation and organizational learning

Computer and IT Skills

Essential: Atleast 15 years of progressively responsible experience at national and/or international level in health systems planning, evaluation, strategy analyses. Track record in positions that required strong leadership of highly-skilled professional teams in multidisciplinary tasks with precise goals.

Desirable: Working experience within the World Health Organization or other UN agencies. Work in the field of strategic planning, evaluation, strategic analyses
Essential: Proficiency in English, good working knowledge of any of the other official languages within WHO.

Desirable: Knowledge of other languages an asset.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
95394 at single rate
103204 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 40.30 % 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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