PROGRAMME MANAGER, CONTROL OF ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE (EURO/14/FT186)

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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/FT186
 
Title: Programme Manager, Control of Antimicrobial Resistance
 
Grade: P5
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year (*please see below under additional information)
 
Date: 15 April 2014
 
Application Deadline: 7 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
 
Organization unit: EURO Europe Regional Office (EU/RGO) /
EU/DCE Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment (EU/DCE)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO:

All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Objectives of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment:

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.

The aim of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment is (i) to assist countries in the Region to design, establish and run effective health programmes that are able to tackle the burden of communicable diseases, particularly, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, especially X/MDR-TB, influenza, malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, and antimicrobial resistance, and to achieve/maintain regional elimination/eradication goals as for measles, rubella, malaria, and poliomyelitis; (ii) to improve health security across the WHO European Region by maintaining regional alert and response operations and assisting countries in developing disease surveillance systems, preparedness for, and response to public health emergencies, in line with the requirements of the International Health Regulations and specific country risks; (iii) to determine and monitor environmental risks to health as well as environmental determinant of health, and propose relevant research projects, health interventions and partnership to tackle the acute and long-term health impact of environmental changes, including climate change; (iv) to ensure, within EURO, the availability of state-of-the-art competency to provide high level technical support to Member States of the Region, in collaboration with Headquarters and in close partnership with relevant institutions of the Region; (v) to promote WHO leadership in communicable disease control, health security, and environment and health programmes, including through relevant regional initiatives and specific research projects.

Objectives of the AMR Programme:

The main objective of the AMR programme is to provide technical assistance and guidance to countries in implementing the European Strategic Action Plan on antibiotic resistance, focusing on the following key areas of action:

 promote national intersectoral coordination;
 strengthen surveillance of AMR;
 strengthen surveillance and promote stewardship of antimicrobial drug use;
 strengthen surveillance of resistance to and use of antimicrobial agents in the food animal industry;
 improve infection control and stewardship of AMR in health care settings;
 promote research and innovation on new drugs and technology; and
 ensure patient safety and improve awareness of antimicrobial use and resistance.

To achieve this, the AMR Programme leads, coordinates and assists in technical and operational activities related to the above objectives by strengthening intersectoral coordination, surveillance of antimicrobial consumption and resistance, infection prevention and control programmes, and promoting antibiotic stewardship, innovation and research, as well as promoting partnerships and advocating for sustained political commitment.

Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the Director of Communicable Diseases, Health Security & Environment, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives -

A. Core responsibilities in assisting Member States in relation to control of Antimicrobial Resistance as part of country efforts to strengthen health systems include:

(i) dialogue with and advice to policy makers on national plans and policies to ensure that policies do not perpetuate social injustices and inequities, nor increase inequalities in access to health services and in health outcomes; and that redefined responsibilities in health systems are shared in a coordinated and pluralistic manner across all stakeholders with clear lines of accountability and transparency;

(ii) develop and implement innovative approaches, adapted to regional/country needs, in the prevention, control and management of antimicrobial resistance;

(iii) technical assistance with the development of mechanisms, instruments and tools (i.e. national health strategies and policies, monitoring and evaluation, performance assessment and performance management and approaches to enhance effectiveness of stakeholder involvement);

(iv) estimation of the required resources (human, financial, infrastructure and technological) and knowledge (i.e. through research, evaluation, performance measurement and knowledge management) to build understanding and capacity for improving and assessing the prevention, control and management of AMR (i.e. leading policy development and coordination, transforming information into intelligence and applying this to the development and assessment of health policies and strategies);

(v) mobilizing legal and regulatory powers to attain health system goals; recommending that the health system is designed to adapt to changing needs and exerting influence across sectors other than health and advocating for better health;

(vi) advocacy, knowledge transmission and advice for the enhancement of the capacities and skills of health ministries in carrying out their AMR function.

B. Core responsibilities in providing intellectual and technical leadership and guidance in directing the development and implementation of regional and sub-regional AMR action plans including:

(i) acting as the WHO EURO technical content expert and focal point for the prevention, control and management of AMR;

(ii) ensuring technical quality and competence in the AMR programme and to be responsible for the overall timeliness and quality of all programme deliverables of both country and inter country work plans;

(iii) developing regional plans to implement global and regional strategies for AMR, and harnessing European and other experience and knowledge (e.g. including influencing other sectors to incorporate health concerns in their policies and enhance effectiveness of donor and other stakeholder involvement), documenting gaps therein for the definition of the research agenda on the subject matter;

(iv) ensuring consistency and cohesiveness with the WHO guidelines, approaches, and messages, contributing to the WHO normative function;

(v) coordinating international and regional activities with relevant organizations and partners in the technical area and building and maintaining strong partnerships with EC and EU institutions (in particular ECDC, EFSA and EMA), UN institutions and civil society partners;

(vi) managing and synthesizing related knowledge to build the evidence base for dissemination to Member States as required (in particular building and maintaining surveillance systems and monitoring and tracking progress against global and regional goals);

(vii) producing authoritative and relevant policy papers, briefs and other publications on the prevention, control and management of AMR;

(viii) and documenting and rendering explicit the pros and cons of various policy options applicable to AMR in terms of their implications and their impact on the level and distribution of health, responsiveness, and financial protection based on country experiences.

C. Core responsibilities as a Programme Manager:

(i) to provide leadership and managerial oversight to the work of all AMR programme/project staff in regional and country offices;

(ii) to mobilize resources to efficiently deliver services/products within country and inter country work plans;

(iii) to be responsible for the allocation of resources within country and inter country work plans in coordination with the Strategic Objective Facilitator (ensure availability of funds and monitoring of dates and budget constraints);

(iv) to perform the general management of the programme's professional and general service staff, as first level supervisor (to include monitoring of workload, funds availability, performance management, and to establish mechanisms which ensure proper coordination within the team regarding travel, holidays), including, in liaison with the Head of Country Office, technical programme staff based outside Copenhagen;

(v) to regularly monitor and assess the performance of the technical programme through evaluation and reporting.



REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
Advanced university degree in medicine and/or public health, and/or infectious disease epidemiology and/or disease surveillance and/or relevant health field.

Desirable:
Doctorate in public health; and/or epidemiology.
Skills:
 excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills;
 diplomatic and technical skills in negotiating with Ministries of Health, and other ministries;
 in depth knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries of the European Region;
 proven skills in leading scientific working groups, consensus building and development of policy guidelines;
 knowledge of the WHO and UN structure and functions.

Competencies requried:

1) Ensuring the effective use of resources - Establishes measures to monitor resources and progress of activities as planned. Monitors costs and seeks to use the most cost-effective methods. Identifies, organizes and effectively manages the financial and human resources needed to achieve results. Identifies priorities and defines realistic objectives and timelines.

2) Creating an empowering and motivating environment - Ability to provide staff with clear direction and support in meeting objectives. Provides staff with regular feedback, recognizes good performance and addresses performance issues. Motivates staff to achieve individual and team goals. Ability and willingness to work in a team with other health professionals and motivate people of different nationalities and cultures.

3) Producing results - Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs. Acts appropriately without being prompted and makes things happen; handles problems effectively.

4) Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond - Ability to work closely with team members and counterparts inside and outside the organization to achieve results. Encourages co-operation and builds rapport among fellow team members at all levels. Actively encourages people from different parts of the Organization to work together.

5) Communicating in a credible and effective way - Excellent writing ability, as reflected in a history of high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent skills in making presentations, as reflected in a history of high quality technical and policy related presentations in international fora.

Experience:
Essential:
At least ten years working experience with increased responsibilities in infectious disease surveillance and control. Experience in the field of infectious disease and anti-microbial resistance, epidemiology, strategy development and management of infectious disease control programmes, post graduate training programmes, project funding and international partnerships.
Working experience in low resource countries.
Good understanding of health education and communication. Working experience with resource mobilization and with an extensive network of partners.

Desirable:
Working experience with the UN system, in particular with WHO or FAO, or other relevant international organizations or programmes.
Experience of at least 5 years in the European Region would be an asset.
Languages:
Essential:
A very good command of the English language and working knowledge of a second WHO and/or EURO official language.

Desirable:
Knowledge of other WHO EURO languages is an asset.

Additional Information:
* Any extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.

Long-listed candidates may be contacted to sit a written test or presentation prior to final short-listing. This does not preclude a written test or presentation prior to final interview.

Interviews will take place using a competency-based approach.

Similar positions at the same grade may be filled using this vacancy notice.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,887 at single rate
USD 87,069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 76.4 % 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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