18 October 2017
PDF/Print version
Returning applicants, please log in
Not registered? Register here
List of closed vacancies
Return to current vacancies list

The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/PED/FT375
Title: Coordinator
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  2 years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post.
Date: 18 July 2014
Application Deadline: 29 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/PED Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (HQ/PED) /
HQ/HIP Influenza, Hepatitis and PIP Framework (HQ/HIP)
The main aims of the HIP (Influenza, Hepatitis and PIP Framework) unit are to make available to others expert knowledge and guidance based on scientific and public health experience related to influenza and other respiratory diseases and to coordinate, manage, and implement important related activities, including specific related systems, networks and groups; to move forward and manage the strategy and implementation of the PIP framework by acting as the secretariat that coordinates and implements all necessary activities including close communications with Member States and key organizations. This list of roles and responsibilities may evolve over time.
Description of duties:
As Unit Coordinator, he/she ensures: Provision of leadership in the following areas and authoritative, expert advice in at least one of the areas;
(i) WHO's efforts to address influenza and other respiratory diseases as public health issues, defining overall strategic directions and providing technical content expertise in the areas essential to address the public health related aspects of these topics. The incumbent will develop collaboration and build partnerships across and outside the Organization.
(ii) The prioritization of planned activities and issues. The incumbent will ensure that WHO activities related to these areas are scientifically sound; reflect current and important public health needs and directions; and facilitate effective action by WHO and others.
(iii) On the implementation of the PIP Framework ensuring that WHO meets its responsibilities in the implementation of this framework including all secretariat responsibilities. The incumbent will ensure timely and reliable communications regarding the Framework.

Human resources management
(i) Provide leadership and guidance to staff and ensure appropriate performance management.
(ii) Empower and motivate staff to use and support multi-disciplinary, cross cutting approaches to work where beneficial for accomplishing goals.
(iii) Promote professional excellence in all aspects of work conducted by members of the unit.

Work / Activity management
(i) Plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the work of the unit and its interaction with other units so that the work is technically excellent, effectively and efficiently conducted, and completed to a high standard.
(ii) Develop systems, mechanisms and tools for pandemic preparedness that enable WHO to play its global leadership role during pandemic (e.g. global surveillance system, global severity assessment, technical guidance on pandemic related issues such as surge capacity for laboratories or other health services).
(iii) Proactively resolve situations which might pose a threat to WHO or its reputation by identifying and solving critical problems and negotiating and implementing measures to reduce risks.

Support to others and representation of WHO
(i) Actively support the category 5 (preparedness surveillance and response) priorities, goals, procedures and processes so that work of the category 5 is successful and the reputation of WHO is enhanced.
(ii) Collaboratively participate and support the Department Director in the development of new policies, concepts, tools and strategies and their implementation
(iii) Provide authoritative advice in relation to influenza, respiratory viruses and PIP framework and represent WHO at interagency, international, regional and national meetings related to the to the unit.
Advanced degree in Medicine, Public Health or a Business Management area related to the function.

Post graduate training in epidemiology, microbiology or infectious diseases. Certification in project leadership and management.
Expert level knowledge of infectious diseases, particularly in those areas critical for promoting a public health perspective and approach, such as infectious disease epidemiology, prevention or control, and significant practical application of this knowledge in an international context. Knowledge in Influenza and respiratory viruses is essential. Solid managerial skills including proven ability to move from design of a strategic concept, to its operational implementation, to its successful completion, and sound knowledge of planning, human resources, budgeting and financing aspects of management. Proven understanding of the management of acute and urgent public health responses, including infectious disease outbreaks. Demonstrated effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings. Capacity to work on cross-sectoral projects.

WHO competencies
1. Driving WHO to a successful future
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Fostering integration and teamwork
4. Producing results
5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
At least 10 years' experience combined working on the control and prevention of infectious diseases including on epidemic diseases, some of which should be at a regional or international level. Proven experience in management (finances, budgets and staff) and clear proof of responsibility for management of work plan activities.

Experience in influenza or respiratory diseases and/or in pandemic diseases. Proven primary responsibility for managing cross-cutting initiatives involving different departments or organizational entities in a multinational context such as the UN, WHO or similar. Proven primary responsibility in developing strategies in prevention and control of infectious diseases.
Expert knowledge of English or French with intermediate knowledge of the other language.
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 80,887 at single rate
USD 87069 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.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
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

This vacancy is shown for viewing only. It is not currently open for applications
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.