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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/FT202
Title: Programme Officer (DCE)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year (*please see below under Additional information)
Date: 23 April 2014
Application Deadline: 13 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)
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.

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.

Mission of the WHO Regional Office for Europe:

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.

Objective of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment:

The aim of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and 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.
Description of duties:
A. Under the guidance of the Director of the Division of Communicable Diseases, Health Security and Environment the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities -

1. Support to Director, DCE

i) Advise Director, DCE, on programme, human resources and administrative management, including organizational development and structural change, administrative and management requirements, financial and human resources implications of plans and proposals and develop solutions and/or recommendations.

ii. In line with WHO General Programme of Work and Programme Budget, and in close coordination with Programme Managers, advise the Director on strategic and operational planning of the Division's work, proposing strategies to optimize programme delivery.

iii. Analyze and consolidate request and proposals received from technical programmes on operational aspects of programme implementation and provide recommendations to Director, DCE, on a broad range of programme issues with particular attention on the availability of resources and their optimal use.

iv. Support routine work of the Director's Office by reviewing documents (e.g. memoranda, official letters, MoU, agreements, contracts, etc.) and providing comments/amendments as needed.

2. Programmatic support

v. Support the strategic and operational planning process of the Division, participate in category networks meetings, initiate necessary actions and follow-up on decisions, both within EURO and at HQ level.

vi. In close cooperation with Programme Managers, oversee, coordinate and provide input to the development of the Division's technical workplans, and its HR Plan.

vii. Create operational synergies with PRM, HRS and FCP to integrate work plans and reporting requirements with corporate planning policies at Country, Regional, and HQ levels.

viii. Review and provide input to donor proposals and other funding/partnership agreements in accordance with WHO requirements as well as donors' specific requirements and timelines.

3. Managerial support

i. Oversee and take necessary actions on all administrative, financial/budgetary, and human resources management aspects of DCE, including facilitation of fair distribution of workload among GS staff at times of increased level of activity, in close collaboration with Programme Managers.

ii. Analyze and evaluate programme and financial implementation and results, propose and facilitate changes and improvements, present conclusions, recommendations, and lessons learned.

iii. Perform other duties such as immediately responding to executive and divisional management requests for programme delivery/financial information and prepare a variety of reports on ad hoc basis.

B. Under the guidance of the Special Representative of the Regional Director on MDGs and Governance, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities -

i. Collate and coordinate input from technical programmes on the implementation of health-related MDGs, analyse content, synthesise and prepare technical briefs and other related documents for use in various fora and Governing Bodies meetings.

ii. Follow-up the Post-2015 development agenda at the global, regional and national level, prepare technical documents, policy briefs and presentations for use in various fora and Governing Bodies meetings.

iii. In support to the Special Representative of the Regional Director on MDGs and Governance, collaborate with other UN agencies and provide consolidated input to the regional interagency work on Post-2015 Development Agenda, including: in- house coordination of the technical input to the health component of Post-2015 Development agenda, preparation of meetings agenda and related documents, technical briefings for Governing Bodies and participations in meetings.

iv. Support the Special Representative of the Regional Director on MDGs and Governance in monitoring and following -up implementation of decisions taken and preparation for UN Regional Coordination Mechanism and Regional Directors Team activities and meetings and attend at those meetings as requested.
Essential: Advanced university degree in public health or related disciplines with formal training or equivalent working experience in public/business administration.

Desirable: Training in planning, monitoring and evaluation.
The Programme Officer should be able to identify him/herself with and have a strong commitment to the core values of the World Health Organization. Documented skills in modern management methods (performance measurement, design and operation of modern management information systems, planning and evaluation, etc).
Skilful in understanding the potential motivating factors of staff to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment and ability and willingness to work in a team with other health professionals and motivate people of different nationalities and cultures.
Proven knowledge and skills of identifying strategic opportunities for technical implementation of the work.
Ability to develop, motivate and maintain strategic partnerships and to advocate for the objectives of WHO and of the Division in particular.

Other Skills:
Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications required.

Competencies required: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  1. Producing results: Ability to think strategically and work under tight deadlines on a results-oriented basis. Ability to develop innovative approaches and solutions. The incumbent takes full ownership of tasks demonstrating a systematic and efficient approach to work that yields high-quality results and workable solutions to surmount critical challenges. The incumbent initiates actions and monitors progress towards achievement of planned objectives. Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement work inputs from several sources; to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, make synthesis reports and monitor implementation.
  2. Ensuring the effective use of resources: The incumbent develops plans into clearly defined objectives considering the changing circumstances. Identifies priorities and defines realistic objectives and timelines for DCE priorities and effectively manages and monitors the financial and human resources needed to achieve results. Is able to identify and advise on opportunities to quickly re-allocate resources and reset priorities in response to unexpected events.
  3. Communicate in a credible and effective way: Speaks and writes clearly, adapting communication style and content to the intended audience. Conveys information and opinions in a structured and credible way. Produces effective written communications. Encourages others to share their views. Ensures key messages are communicated and understood and keeps others informed of key and relevant updates and issues. Ability to plan, organise, coordinate and implement inputs from several sources clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to formally negotiate with officials in Member States and in international organizations in the health sector and in other sectors.
Essential: At least seven years of experience in management and coordination of health programmes strategic planning, managing change and team building at the international level.

Desirable: Working experience within the World Health Organization and/or other UN agencies.
Essential: Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another WHO and/or EURO official language.

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

All on-line applications are automatically acknowledged. If you do not receive an e-mail within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application, you should verify your on-line profile. In case of repeated difficulties, contact by e-mail indicating the vacancy title and number in the subject line.

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 67,611 at single rate
USD 72,605 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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