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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PEC/FT89
Title: Team Leader, Strategy Planning & Analysis Team
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 21 February 2014
Application Deadline: 14 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
HQ/SSC Strategy Support & Coordination
The overall objectives of the Polio Eradication Initiative are to lead the global eradication efforts of national governments and the global polio eradication partnership to interrupt the transmission of poliovirus worldwide, certify eradication, eventually stop the use of oral poliovirus vaccine, and help establish the legacy of the polio eradication initiative. The immediate strategic objective is to implement WHO's polio emergency plans and coordinate those of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partnership in support of national emergency eradication efforts in polio-infected countries and areas.
Description of duties:
1. Lead and manage the Strategy Planning and Analysis team within the Strategy Support and Coordination (SSC) unit.
2. Oversee, guide and support the work of staff within the team to ensure that the responsibilities of the team are carried out efficiently and effectively.
3. Ensure that the team members clearly understand the team priorities and functions, their roles and responsibilities to coordinate within the team and with other teams and partners (e.g. within the Strategy Support and Coordination (SSC), the Surveillance, Monitoring and Information (SMI), the Polio Access Support (PAS), the Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) units.
4. Guide the development of team and individual work plans, monitor the work of the team, directly supervise team members and be responsible for completion of their performance evaluations.
5. For assigned priority regions or countries, support the country operations information needs of SSC and the other units in the Department and coordinate with the Programme Operations and Cluster Management (PCM) team on human and financial resource allocation.
6. Coordinate with the relevant regional office on the key programme strategic and technical support functions to ensure quality of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs), surveillance for poliovirus, and outbreak response.
7. Coordinate with the relevant regional office and partner agencies, on in-depth and targeted analyses of surveillance and programme performance data in persistently infected and high risk areas to guide problem-solving, inputs into strategic planning in priority countries, including supplementary vaccination plans, and tailored strategies to reach special populations.
8. Collaborate with the department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals, relevant regional and country offices and partner agencies in facilitating the support of polio eradication processes and assets to increase routine immunization coverage in specific areas of focus countries.
9. Support and coordinate the engagement of the team in the emergency response to polio outbreaks under the guidance of SSC Coordinator.
10. Coordinate outbreak response activities, when designated as an outbreak Manager, with Coordinator SSC and Team Leader Programme Coordination and Planning team to ensure development of emergency outbreak response plan and mobilization of human resources, vaccines, and other logistics to enable an immediate and robust outbreak response.
10. Ensure application and achievement of outbreak performance standards.
11. Coordinate the development of technical guidelines for special immunization activities and
programme operations in high risk areas and guide development of operational plans for mitigating risks of outbreaks due to wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus.
12. Collaborate closely with the Polio Access Support unit to align country plans with the security and access situation in priority areas.
13. Support country teams and partners in developing tailored operational strategies that enable safe access to children in insecure areas.
14. For assigned priority regions or countries, distribute primary and secondary ownership among team members, enabling them to serve as focal points of contact within the team, for other POL units, with regional and country WHO personnel and with partners.
15. Perform other duties as assigned.
Advanced university degree (i.e. Masters level) in health, international development or a related field.

Medical degree or Masters level degree in epidemiology, public health or related discipline.
Extensive knowledge of public health and epidemiology, with broad practical knowledge of public health, infectious disease surveillance and control, and vaccine science, immunization and disease eradication policies and strategies and their application in developing and developed countries.
Proven managerial competence, with capacity to work and communicate effectively with staff and in complex organizational cultures.
Demonstrated ability in multi-disciplinary teams and servicing needs of different partners.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with governments, partner agencies, and in field conditions.
Experience with supervision and management of teams conducting key programme activities for internal and external stakeholders.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to guide, support and encourage colleagues to work towards common goals.
Excellent writing and presentation skills.

Knowledge of the UN system, intergovernmental bodies.
Familiarity with data management software.

WHO Competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
Ten years' experience in public health and infectious disease control programmes at the national and international levels, particularly in developing countries; at least five years of which were at the international level, with coordination and management responsibilities.
Substantial experience in disease control and/or vaccines and immunization programmes, particularly in developing country settings, and disease surveillance.
At least mid-level experience in a public health programme with responsibilities for managing and supervising staff.

Substantial experience in the development, implementation and assessment of polio eradication strategies and policies at both the national and international levels.
Experience in collaboration and negotiations with external agencies.
Experience working with GPEI partners and WHO regions.
Experience with international organizations and/or nongovernmental organizations.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
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 80887 at single rate
USD 87069 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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