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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/TA25
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  6 months
Date: 26 March 2014
Application Deadline: 14 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
UT/UTD UNITAID International drug purchase facility
UNITAID mission is to contribute to the scale-up of access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis for people in developing countries by leveraging price reduction of quality drugs and diagnostics price reductions, and accelerating the pace at which they are made available.
Description of duties:
The purpose of the position is to provide technical support to the Coordinator and manage 4 Market Entry projects and 2 new proposals for grant agreement development.

Reporting to the Head of Operations, specific duties and responsibilities include:
- In the absence of a portfolio manager, provide management support to four Market Entry projects;
- Analyse and monitor project performance, and provides guidance and support to implementers to comply with UNITAID requirements including timely submission of all project reports;
- Support recruitment of an oversight agency for market entry grants and manage the oversight agency deliverables.
- Review reports with relevant Secretariat teams and staff and provides consolidated feedback to project implementers;
- Ensure that project management is aligned with all relevant business processes and standard operating procedures contained in UNITAID's Quality Management System;
- Manage grant negotiation process for two proposals which will be approved during May Board meeting (EB20);
- Work with the Monitoring and Evaluation team, Procurement Advisor, Market Dynamics team, Legal Office, Technical Officers, Executive Office, and Finance team to finalize and approve log frames, and plans, procurement plans, budgets, project plans, and grant agreements;
- Identify potential risks in approved proposals; and develops and ensures implementation of risk mitigation plans by project implementers;
- Participate in external fora for better project outcomes as well as closer coordination/cooperation with other institutions;
- Coordinate Operations input and preparation of briefings, visuals and presentations for UNITAID's Executive Board meetings, Board Committees, and country visits by Board Chair and Executive Director;
- Provide technical support on various new requirements such as transition operational plan, country and partner engagement operational plans;
- Facilitate the programming and implementation of decisions taken by the Coordinator to ensure deadlines; and
- Undertake other assignments as required.
University degree in public health, health management, public administration or relevant field.
For WHO staff, please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220

Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in public health, health management, public administration or relevant field.
Proven project management skills
Demonstrated understanding of public health environment.
The successful candidate must have a very good understanding of the UNITAID business model and be familiar with the work that UNITAID has been doing in the three disease areas.
The candidate must understand the business processes that drive projects and the public health outcomes associated with those projects.
The position requires excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
Also required are strong interpersonal skills, discretion and mature judgment.
Experience as a UNITAID project lead would be an advantage.

WHO competencies:
Producing results
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Moving forward in a changing environment
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Fostering integration and teamwork
At least 5 years of relevant experience working in the global health projects at the International level and in developing countries.

Experience in WHO, the UN system, another international financing and public health institutions including non-governmental organizations.
Knowledge of/experience in project management.
Expert knowledge of English or French with beginner's knowledge of the other is required.
Additional Information:
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.
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)
USD 56198 at single rate
USD 60205 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.

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