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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PEC/FT367
Title: Chief
Grade: P6
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 15 July 2014
Application Deadline: 5 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/PEC Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (HQ/PEC) /
HQ/ENB Enabling functions in support of PEC cluster (HQ/ENB)
HQ/PCM Programme Operations and Cluster Management
The Polio and Emergencies (PEC) cluster supports preparation for and management of major acute and protracted emergencies that have a substantial impact on public health; this includes WHO's work on the completion of polio eradication given the particular emphasis of that programme on accessing all vulnerable populations and the challenges of protracted and acute emergency environments to the ultimate success of that initiative. WHO's objectives in emergency work includes: serving as the lead agency of the Global Health Cluster (GHC); coordinating the health response to major humanitarian emergencies and crises; addressing the increasing international attention to and demand for emergency preparedness/disaster risk reduction and emergency management work; implementing the reforms from the Transformative Agenda of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (that calls for all agencies to improve urgency, timeliness, accountability, leadership and surge capacity); developing and implementing the increasingly complex combination of strategies required in protracted emergencies, fragile states and countries in recovery/transition; and monitoring and adapting strategy to trends in the frequency and magnitude of major rapid-onset
emergencies. With the 2012 declaration of the completion of polio eradication as a programmatic emergency for global public health, WHO's objective in polio eradication is to ensure the interruption of circulating wild poliovirus (WPV), thus stopping all polioviruses as outlined in the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-18. The objective of the Programme Operations and Cluster Management (PCM) unit is to provide management and administrative direction, support and capacity building to, and ensure accountability in the use of resources for, major emergencies and WHO's work in polio eradication at all levels, and across related partnerships [in particular, the Global Health Cluster and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)].
Description of duties:
Lead the cross-organizational work to establish and ensure accountability of, and capacity for, administration and management of financial and human resources for WHO's work in major emergencies and crises, including polio eradication.
Address general management issues related to WHO's work at all levels of the organization in major emergencies, including polio eradication; and address any special arrangements for programme operations in this context.
Coordinate, negotiate and ensure the consistent application of sound resource management principles for WHO's work in emergency situations and humanitarian crises, including polio eradication, with partners and across the three levels of WHO.
Ensure and oversee implementation of the WHO risk management framework for PEC programmes for HQ, Regional Offices (ROs) and country operations, including risk identification, risk assessment, definition and implementation of a risk mitigation strategy, and reporting and monitoring, which will ultimately result in the successful management of risks in this area.
Oversee coordination of the Outbreak and Crisis Response (OCR) Programme Area Network for WHO's work in emergencies.
Oversee the development, refinement, regular reviews/revisions and implementation of administrative and management elements of a common operational platform, including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for WHO's work in emergencies.
Provide authoritative advice to the Assistant Director-General/Polio and Emergencies (ADG/PEC), to the PEC departments through the Management Officer; and to the Programme Managements (DPMs), the Directors, Administration and Finance (DAFs) and the WHO Representatives (WRs), for management and administrative issues related to planning, programme implementation, monitoring, reporting, risk management and human resources for WHO's work in emergencies, including polio eradication.
Represent the WHO in providing coordinated authoritative advice to senior leadership of partner agencies for management and administrative issues related to planning, programme implementation, monitoring, reporting, risk management and human resources for WHO's work in major emergencies including polio eradication.
Supervise the multi-disciplinary teams that comprise the PCM unit, which is responsible for the provision of managerial and administrative direction and services for WHO's work in major emergencies, including polio eradication, as well as for the PEC cluster.
Master's degree in Business Administration, Management, or related field of study.

Training in public health.
Thorough knowledge of administrative and management theories and practices and their application in an inter-cultural environment.
Demonstrated ability to lead and supervise/coordinate activities of a team and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national backgrounds.
Demonstrated capacity to negotiate across partners and different levels of an organization.
Planning, organizational and management skills with excellent writing and presentation skills.
Computer literacy. Proficiency with software of common use, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Familiarity with management systems and relevant database programmes.

WHO Competencies:
1. Ensuring the effective use of resources
2. Producing results
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way.

Over 10 years of management experience in leading the operations and administration of international programmes/projects, at least 5 of which at a senior level.
At least 5 years' experience working with senior officials of UN organizations and other public/non-public global players.
At least 10 years' experience working with financial and human resource management systems.

Experience with other UN, non-governmental organizations and/or the private sector in project management and administration for international emergency and/or global public health programmes.
Substantial experience in the management of WHO programmes, including work with WHO's administrative processes and systems.
Experience with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative processes.
Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 95575 at single rate
USD 103400 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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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