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Vacancy Notice No: EURO/14/FT345
Title: Programme Manager, CAH
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year with possibility of renewal (1) See Additional Information below
Date: 4 July 2014
Application Deadline: 10 August 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Copenhagen, Denmark
Organization unit:
Child and Adolescent Health (CAH)
To promote the health and development of newborns, children, adolescents; to enable countries to pursue evidence-based strategies to reduce health risks, morbidity and mortality; and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies.

In this context the main objective of the child and adolescent health programme is from a life course perspective to reduce the rate of infant and child mortality by two thirds from the 1990 rate in line with MDG4 targets; to promote physical, mental health and well-being of children, adolescents.

To achieve this, the child and adolescent health programme leads, coordinates and assists Member States in technical and operational activities related to:
  • addressing inequities and facilitating the respect and protection of human rights as stipulated in internationally agreed human rights instruments, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • taking a life course approach that recognizes the continuum from birth through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood;
  • implementing a public health approach by focusing on major health issues that challenge populations as a whole and applying a systematic development model to ensure the availability and accessibility of effective, relevant interventions to address them.
Based on WHO Global Strategy for child and adolescent health, and the Regional Strategy for child and adolescent health and development, the WHO Regional Office for Europe supports Member States by providing appropriate evidence based policies and strategic directions; technical and scientific guidelines and documents.

This is done through close collaboration with the Member States of the Region and all relevant technical partners and UN agencies; particularly with UNICEF, EC, Council of Europe, OECD, WHO collaborating centres and all stakeholders.

Purpose of the post:
Management of the technical programme including formulation of country projects, implementation, monitoring, and participation in evaluation of outcomes. To direct and supervise the implementation of activities and strengthen strategic leadership and capacity of the Regional Office in the area of child and adolescent health. To advise European member states on a day to day basis with regard to strengthening national and sub-national capacities in developing and implementing policies, strategies, tools and capacities in relation to child and adolescent health.
Description of duties:
Under the guidance of the Director of Noncommunicable Disease and Life Course, the incumbent will assume the following responsibilities and achieve the following objectives:

A. Core responsibilities in assisting Member States in relation to child and adolescent health as part of country efforts to strengthen health systems include:
  1. dialogue with and advise policy makers on national plans and policies to ensure that policies include integrated prevention and care, do not perpetuate social injustices and inequities, nor increase inequalities in access to health services and in health outcomes, that linkages between health and development agencies are ensure in particular with regards to achieving internationally agreed development goals; and that redefined responsibilities in health systems and public health are shared in a coordinated and pluralistic manner across all stakeholders with clear lines of accountability and transparency;
  2. develop and implement innovative approaches to improving and promoting child and adolescent health and wellbeing, adapted to regional/country needs, in the technical areas;
  3. technical assistance with the development of mechanisms, instruments and tools (such as national health strategies and policies, monitoring and evaluation, performance assessment and performance management and approaches to enhance effectiveness of stakeholder involvement) as well as the 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 child and adolescent health (i.e. leading policy development and coordination, transforming information into intelligence and applying this to the development and assessment of health policies and strategies; mobilizing its legal and regulatory powers to attain health system and development goals; recommending that the health system is designed to adapt to changing needs; and exerting influence across other sectors than health and advocating for better health); and
  4. advocacy, knowledge transmission and advice for the enhancement of the capacities and skills of health ministries in carrying out their child and adolescent health function.
B. Core responsibilities in providing intellectual and technical leadership and guidance in directing the development of child and adolescent health) include:
  1. acting as the WHO EURO content expert and focal point for child and adolescent health;
    ensuring technical quality and competence in the child and adolescent health programme and to be responsible for the overall timeliness and quality of all programme deliverables of both country and intercountry workplans;
  2. developing regional plans to implement global and regional strategies in the child and adolescent health using a life course and multi-sector approach and harnessing European and other experience and knowledge (e.g. including influencing other sectors to incorporate health concerns, including a focus on internationally agreed development goals , 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;
  3. ensuring consistency and cohesiveness in child and adolescent health with the WHO guidelines, approaches, and messages, contributing to the WHO normative function;
    coordinating international activities with relevant UN agencies, organizations and partners in the technical area, such as UNICEF, EC, Council of Europe, OECD, Schools for Health in Europe network, the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey research network, WHO Collaborating Centers and others;
  4. managing and synthesizing related knowledge to build the evidence base including development of a set of relevant, gender sensitive indicators for child and adolescent health and healthy ageing, and guidance on monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation for dissemination to Member States as required;
  5. producing authoritative and relevant policy papers and briefs on the subject matter; and
  6. documenting and rendering explicit the pros and cons of various policy options applicable to child and adolescent health 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:
  1. to provide leadership and managerial oversight to the work of all programme/project staff;
  2. to mobilize resources to efficiently deliver services/products within country and intercountry workplans;
  3. to be responsible for the allocation of resources within country and intercountry workplans in coordination with the Strategic Objective Facilitator (ensure availability of funds and monitoring of dates and budget constraints);
  4. 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;
  5. to regularly monitor and assess the performance of the technical programme through evaluation and reporting.

Essential: Advanced university degree in health, public health, social sciences or in fields related to child and/or adolescent health.
Desirable<^b>: Doctorate degree in the above fields or comparable experience in management of child and adolescent health.
Essential: Proven skills in child and adolescent health and wellbeing.. In depth knowledge of political, social and health systems of countries in the European Region. Knowledge of standard text, spreadsheet and presentation software applications.
Desirable: Knowledge of the WHO and UN system.

Competencies: see WHO Global Competencies model at
  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.
  3. Producing results: Ability to produce high-quality results and workable solutions that meet client needs. Acts appropriately without prompting and makes things happen; handles problems effectively.
  4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond: Ability to work collaboratively with team members and counter parts 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 presentation skills, as reflected in a history of high quality technical and policy related presentations in international fora.
Essential: ten years working experience in child and adolescent health at national and international levels, attaining managerial rank, including three to five years of practical experience in implementing or advising on key domains of child and adolescent health at the international level. Management experience in the field of child and adolescent health.
Desirable: Experience working with or in other multi and bilateral development agencies active in the health sector. Experience working in WHO.
Essential: A very good command of the English language and knowledge of another WHO official language and/or EURO official language.
Desirable: Knowledge of other official and/or WHO EURO languages.
Additional Information:
(1) Extension of appointment is subject to (a)satisfactory performance, (b)continued need for the function, and (c) availability of funds.

WHO has an on-line recruitment system, therefore ONLY applications submitted on-line at will be accepted.

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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80 887 at single rate
USD 87 069 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 79.9 % 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 may be used as a form of screening

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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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