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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/FT72
Title: Executive Director
Grade: D2
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years renewable
Date: 14 February 2014
Application Deadline: 28 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
UNITAID International drug purchase facility
UNITAID's mission is to contribute to scale up access to treatment for HIV, TB and Malaria for people in developing countries by leveraging price reductions of quality drugs and diagnostics, which currently are unaffordable for most developing countries, and to accelerate the pace at which they are made available. WHO is the host organization for UNITAID and provides its Secretariat which is comprised of WHO staff members. The Secretariat is subject to, and its activities are conducted in accordance with, WHO's policies, rules and regulations.

Organizational context:
The Executive Director leads and manages the Secretariat of UNITAID, an HIV, TB, and Malaria financing mechanism hosted by WHO. The incumbent represents the UNITAID Secretariat externally and ensures the robust and sustained management of the UNITAID Secretariat and its human and financial resources, in order to optimize its performance. The Executive Director, takes overall responsibility for the effective implementation of the strategic guidance of the UNITAID Board, operationalizing the UNITAID Board approved strategy (hereinafter referred to as the "Strategy"), all in accordance with UNITAID Board resolutions and WHO policies, rules and regulations.

Reporting directly to the WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and through him/her to the WHO Director-General, the Executive Director of UNITAID, leads the Secretariat in pursuing the overall goals of UNITAID as set out in its Strategy, directing technical decision-making processes, carrying overall responsibility for UNITAID performance and grant management, and ensuring broad-based communication of mission and goals of UNITAID.
The Executive Director serves as the main interlocutor between the UNITAID Secretariat and the Board to which she/he reports on the implementation of the Strategy, and budget as approved by the UNITAID Board, along with other relevant Board decisions.
The Executive Director of UNITAID must ensure the success of UNITAID by building and maintaining a well-functioning, highly skilled and motivated UNITAID Secretariat. The Executive Director is therefore responsible for recruiting, overseeing and effectively managing a talented leadership team that is driven to achieve UNITAID's goals. The Executive Director represents UNITAID to external partners in the global health arena, engaging in dialogue with senior officials across a wide spectrum of partner groups, including health organizations, industry, governments, foundations, and civil society. In doing so, the Executive Director establishes, maintains, and coordinates relationships at senior levels that further UNITAID's mission. The Executive Director will ensure coordination of such efforts with the UNITAID Board Chair.

Description of duties:
1. Leadership: Provides effective, sustained and hands-on leadership with an emphasis on Secretariat management and performance, to advance UNITAID's mission and mandate, and to effectively implement the Strategy.

2. Strategic Planning: Based on Board guidance, formulates the principal strategic and programmatic direction of UNITAID, including determination of possible funding allocation scenarios and presentation of a cohesive and feasible plan of action to implement the Strategy.

3. Team and Performance Management: Provides leadership to and management of the staff resources of the UNITAID Secretariat, inspiring and guiding the team. Provides a framework for a stable and motivating work environment that is focused on results-based management that assures credibility, trust and value to all stakeholders while optimizing staff expertise and performance.

4. Relationship Management and Advocacy: Develops relationships with senior government officials, peers in the global health sector, and the global health community to further the goals of UNITAID. Builds networks of collaboration with major multi-sectoral interlocutors advancing UNITAID's mission and goals in the broader development community. Represents UNITAID in international and global forums, and presents a compelling vision to the global health and development community of the direction and impact of UNITAID's work.

5. Grant Performance and Risk Management: Within the context of WHO and its risk management and accountability framework, oversees the execution of UNITAID-funded grants and activities, and ensures that UNITAID funds are used in a manner that achieves optimum results and value for money, while ensuring that risks are appropriately addressed and mitigated and that funding decisions are implemented on the basis of a credible and transparent prioritization policy.

6. Board Relations: Provides the Board with regular progress reports on the implementation of the overall UNITAID goals and Strategy. Builds effective partnerships with Board members.

7. Partnership and Resource Mobilization: In collaboration with the Chair and/or other Board members, she/he monitors UNITAID's interaction with donors and engages in resource mobilization. She/he facilitates successful working relationships with partner organizations and WHO. Promotes the integration of global, regional and country perspectives into the work of the UNITAID.
Undergraduate degree in related subject and postgraduate degree in either of, or combination of, medicine, public health, economics, relevant social and natural sciences, business management or public administration.

Demonstrated leadership in global health and/or development, leading and fostering organizations, initiatives or partnerships;
Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of the health needs of developing countries, as well as access to medicines issues;
Demonstrated public communication skills, and ability to write clearly and articulately;
Demonstrated policy and strategic analysis and political acumen skills, including decision-making skill, assessing key issues within complex processes and environment;
Demonstrated skills in management, coordination, communication, negotiation, staff management and management of a significant budget.

WHO Competencies:

1. Producing results
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
At least 10 years experience at a senior level in team and performance management and strategic planning.
Experience in managerial positions at the international and / or domestic level including substantial experience in human and financial resources management and decision-making responsibilities for both technical and administrative aspects.
Experience engaging in international and developing country environments.
Proven experience in providing leadership and strategic management in a complex environment, ideally in the context of multi-partner programmes and in developing partnerships with multiple stakeholders.

Relevant public health experience, such as in access to medicines ideally in developing countries, is highly desirable.
Significant experience in managing complex health projects in low and lower middle income countries.
Experience or knowledge in working with markets for health commodities and/or access to medicines, involving issues such as procurement, supply chain management and intellectual property issues.
Experience in resource mobilization and communication.
Experience in both the public and private sectors.
Excellent knowledge of either English or French with a working knowledge of the other is essential. Knowledge of other UN official languages, as well as Portuguese, is an asset.
Additional Information:
Special selection procedures apply. For further information please contact erecruit@who.int.

Please note that the contract will be for 2 years renewable with year one on probation.

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.

As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support UNITAID, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside UNITAID either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050.

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.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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