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Vacancy Notice No: SEAR/RO/14/FT07
Title: Director - Health Systems Development
Grade: D1
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two Years
Date: 13 May 2014
Application Deadline: 2 June 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Regional Office for the South East Asia (SE/RGO) /
SE/HSD Department of Health Systems Development (SE/HSD)
To support and collaborate with the Member States for further development and implementation of national policies and strategies which ensure equitable and universal access to quality health care through advancing health systems development, which includes Strengthening of Health Systems, Human resources for Health and Fellowships, Health Systems Infrastructure, Essential Drugs & other Medicines, Health Situations and Trend Assessment, Gender & Women's Health, National Health Planning & Health Financing, Health Technology and Patient Safety, Intellectual Property and Trade & Health, Global Trade and Health, Technical Information Management & Dissemination, Reports and Documentation.
Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision and policy guidance of the Regional Director (RD), and under the direct supervision of the Director, Programme Management (DPM), the incumbent is responsible to lead work under the RD's Strategic Direction "Advancing universal health coverage and robust health systems".
- Directing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating collaborative programmes with the Member States in the Region under the domain of Health Systems Development taking into account the WHO core functions, priorities and country health needs.
- Harmonizing the work of other departments / technical units in SEARO, WCOs, HQ, national authorities, other UN agencies, various donors, private sector and civil socities.
- Promoting and assuring intra and inter - departmental teamwork including the WHO Collaborating Centres and Centres of Excellence.
- Ensure effective management of human and financial resources for programmes under his/her direct supervision.
- Supporting DPM and RD as part of technical Secretariat for the WHO Governing Bodies (WHA/EB/RC) and other important high level meetings
- Acting as RD, DPM or other Department, Directors during their absence when so designated by the RD.
- Performing any other duties as deemed necessary.
Degree in medicine or in health-related areas with Post graduate degree in health-related areas or disciplines.
- Thorough knowledge of WHO values, goals, policies, rules and regulations.
- In-depth knowledge of public health issues and health systems in the area of health systems development.
- High-level technical and management competence with knowledge of planning, directing, monitoring and evaluating health and health related programmes pertaining to the areas of work.
- Ability to exercise sound professional judgement.
- Leadership and supervision ability to foster team spirit and team work.
- Capability in programme planning, development, implementation, logistics, and/or monitoring and evaluation.
- Good computer literacy

Competencies :
- Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Creating an empowering and motivating environment
- Ensuring effective use of resources
- Communicating in a credible and effective way
Essential: At least 15 years of experience at progressively responsible levels, of which minimum five years must be at the international setting, in planning and management of public health programmes and/or public health cooperation activities.

Desirable: Previous work experience in a multicultural environment or a UN/multilateral organization will be an advantage.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

Knowledge of other languages in the SEAR countries will be an asset
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 95575 at single rate
USD 103400 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 39.60 % 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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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Vacancy Filled

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