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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/HQ/FT177
Title: Project Management Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 10 April 2014
Application Deadline: 1 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/DGO Director-General's Office (HQ/DGO)
PSD (Policy and Strategic Directions)
Policy and Strategic Directions provides the Director-General with organization-wide advice on development and implementation of WHO reform agenda; actively seeks input from sources of highest authority inside and outside the Organization for development of global policies and strategy development; identifies modalities based on the policy for partnerships between WHO, Member States and non-state actors and stakeholders in public and private sectors; strengthens WHO's engagement with state and non-state institutions and other development partners; and monitors and evaluates partnering arrangements. The reform process has three objectives: improved health outcomes, greater coherence in global health and organizational excellence (in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness, objectivity, transparency and accountability). The Reform Support Team supports the Director-General by facilitating the development and updating the implementation plan and monitoring framework, and producing reports on progress.
Description of duties:
1. Actively manage relationships with diverse key internal stakeholders to ensure understanding and commitment to reform programme objectives, and development and refinement of programme deliverables.
a. Manage relationships with Business Owners, providing strategic guidance in programme or project management, and provide advice on overcoming bottlenecks.
b. Engage and coordinate with Business Owners to report timely, accurately, and completely. Arrange regular status meetings with Business Owners.
c. Manage and work with third parties, including consultants, ensuring that the interests of the Organization are protected.
2. Drive and lead the implementation of programme and project management discipline across reform initiatives at HQ, Regional and national levels.
a. Manage, promote best practices, and continuously develop the WHO Reform Implementation Plan, including but not limited to: analyzing outputs and advising on deliverables based on decisions of the Governing Bodies and Global Policy Group, analyzing progress and reviewing project tasks to ensure deadlines are met appropriately.
b. Create his/her own projects as required.
3. Manage the Programme Management Tool, working collaboratively with Business Owners to ensure the tool is used, and kept up to date and accurate.
a. Design trainings and orientation to staff involved in project management activities for reform, and monitor use of the Programme Management Tool.
b. Coordinate work with needed technical resources to ensure that the Programme Management Tool is stable, performs, and is bug free.
4. Monitor reform programme health based on financials, timelines, benefit realisation, stakeholder commitment, team performance, risks and dependencies.
a. Track, consolidate and report benefit realisation, that is measurement of outcome and impact.
b. Maintain timelines and targets based on input from Business Owners and Regions. Report on progress and upcoming activities and slippage.
c. Manage critical path, identify bottlenecks in implementation, monitor dependencies and risks.
d. Provide advice and guidance to address issues and problems on project management issues, and provide innovative solutions for consideration by Business Owners and senior management.
5. Consolidate reform information at programme level and produce monthly consolidated reporting.
a. Generate reporting on WHO reform, based on the Programme Management Tool, for the Reform Support Team, Business Owners, Regional Offices, the Global Policy Group, and when required the IEOAC and Governing Bodies.
6. Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in Business Administration, Project Management, Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline. Professional qualification or foundation certification in project management methodologies such as PMI, Prince 2 or Six Sigma.
Proven skills in the areas of Project Management, Planning/Organizing. Excellent Communication and Teamworking skills. Ability to synthesize complex or diverse information and to problem solve. Adaptability.

WHO competencies:
1. Producing results
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
At least 10 years of professional experience in programme planning, management and successful delivery of complex cross functional or interdependent projects, some of which should be at the global or international level. Demonstrated professional experience working with senior- level or executive-level management. Experience in successfully applying Project Management Methodologies in managing projects, such as PMI, Prince2 or Six Sigma.

Experience in management consulting. Experience in managing complex projects within a UN and health context. Experience in change management, quality assurance, and communications. Experience in managing a Programme or Project Management Office at a local or global level.
Expert knowledge of English.
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)
USD 80,887 at single rate
USD 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.

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