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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/KMS/FT113
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 6 March 2014
Application Deadline: 27 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The mission of the Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research (KER) is to manage, disseminate and ensure the quality of WHO's information products, including guidelines; to translate evidence into policy and practice; to develop ethical and evidence-based policies for research; to coordinate the implementation of the WHO strategy on research for health; to develop and manage the Global Health R&D Observatory; to develop, strengthen and promote the use of information and communication technologies for health. The main objective of WHO Press (WHP) is to support WHO's publishing activities throughout the Organization. This includes publishing advice and training , as well as the management of the Publishing Policy Coordination Group (PPCG), marketing and sales, free dissemination, copyright management, multilingualism support and contracting of external printing services.
Description of duties:
The main objectives of the work are to establish WHP as a publisher of choice for WHO information in all languages, to drive integration and alignment across the HQ and Regional publishing entities, to secure the financial sustainability of its operations, to ensure the development of publishing policies and strategies for WHO publications in all media, to help ensure high quality and impact of key publishing assets of WHO, and to establish WHP as a global player in the Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishing market. The duties involve:
1. Establishing WHP as a premier STM publisher of health information across traditional print and digital media platforms, overseeing the transition to innovative information products in multiple languages and formats, and improving the relevance, quality, timeliness and accessibility of health information to WHO's diverse audiences.
2. Editorial management of key publishing assets of the World Health Organization. The specific duties include: a. planning, budgeting and defining the financial and fund-raising strategies required to ensure sustainability; b. supervising staff responsible for the production of these products; c. ensuring the maintenance of editorial quality standards.
3. Developing publishing policies and strategies appropriate for all WHO's publications in all languages and in all media, including print, the web and other electronic media, in close collaboration with the PPCG, WHO's publishing partners, and publishing support teams throughout the Organization.
The specific duties include: a. serving as the manager of the PPCG Secretariat; b. proposing to the PPCG and senior executive management publishing policies for consideration; c. reporting to the PPCG and senior executive management on the adherence to and effectiveness of existing publishing policies; d. supervising working groups formed by the PPCG to study various publishing policy issues; e. identifying the health information needs of WHO's target audiences around the world and assessing the global impact of WHO Publications.
4. Assisting the special coordinator for the implementation of the WHA resolution on multilingualism.
The specific duties include: a. Regular reporting to Governing Bodies on progress made in the implementation of the resolution; b. Develop project proposals and initiatives for resource mobilization and implementation projects on multilingualism financed by member states and other donors; c. Coordinate the effort among different HQ departments and Regional Offices to ensure alignment and synergy in planning and actions taken in support of multilingualism.
5. Management of the special projects including joint publishing with technical departments, Regional Offices and partners.
The specific duties include: a. Development of concept papers and project plans; b. Assigning and managing virtual teams to manage projects; c. Reporting on progress on a regular basis as required by donors, and senior management.
Essential: An advanced university degree in a suitable field, such as medicine, public health, business administration, publishing, information science, communications, or related field.
Desirable: An Advanced university degree in publishing or equivalent qualification.
Proven leadership skills; managerial experience in an international organization or a large international scientific, technical and medical (STM) publisher; and ability to work with multiple stakeholders. Extensive knowledge of technological innovations, publishing policies and strategies for STM publications in all media, including the web. Excellent oral and written communications skills; proven ability to work effectively and tactfully in an inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural and multilingual environment; demonstrated ability to motivate and supervise staff and develop a team approach to issues. Knowledge of publishing workflow management and sales and marketing software packages, Customer Relations Management (CRM) software knowledge of desktop productivity software packages such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet browsers.
WHO Competencies:
1. Moving forward in a changing environment,
2. Fostering integration and teamwork,
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond,
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources, and
5. Promoting innovation and organizational learning.
Essential: At least 10 years of international experience in a senior position in charge of the production of STM information products, including printed, electronic and web-based publications. Several years' experience in developing publishing policies and strategies.
Desirable: At least 5 years' experience in leadership publishing position in a UN, intergovernmental or multinational agency.
Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French required.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80 887 at single rate
US$ 87 069 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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