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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/FT451
Title: National Professional Officer (Project Management Officer) (Post No. 360200)
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Post of limited duration for two years
Date: 20 August 2014
Application Deadline: 10 September 2014 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/DPM Director of Programme Management (EM/DPM)
Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA)
Objectives of the Programme:
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by: (1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services;
(2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.

Purpose of the Post:
To contribute to the overall programme management with respect to the humanitarian financing of emergency regional and country programmes. This includes monitoring and analysing trends of appealing allocations for graded and non-graded emergencies. It includes defining the humanitarian envelope for the region, preparing reports and documents which guide country and regional direction for resource mobilization. The post suggests actions as well as advises technical staff on grants, project lifecycle, budgets and there corresponding activities. The post ensures compliance to administrative practices and procedures in line with WHO rules and regulations, and equally important the WHO emergency Standard Operating Procedures.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
The incumbent will be a member of the Regional Emergency Team. Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Emergency and Humanitarian Action, the incumbent will provide authoritative guidance on project management, administrative and financial support as well as facilitate technical assistance to emergency operations specifically in the areas of planning, preparation, monitoring, review, and control of project management associated with humanitarian funds. He/she would be guided by WHO rules and regulations, WHO ERF standards, IACS transformative protocols and emergency Standard Operating Procedures. The incumbent will work closely with the field teams on grant management and with technical staff on budgets and activities, and on administrative practices and procedures.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1) Monitor and report on grant implementation, consolidate and maintain project documents including records
of partnerships at EMR for donors and awards under Cat 5 (Category 5 Area 5.3), ensure a historical record of inputs and outputs achieved in each award, and donors' trends.
2) Monitor trends and forecast absorption ability of the country offices managing humanitarian funds to address gaps in month-end reconciliations of all Cat 5 awards and providing timely
recommendations on project implementation and recommended actions.
3) To identify significant issues arising from humanitarian appeals analysis and trend forecasting to the attention of EHA staff and senior management for increased advocacy.
4) Carry out the day-to-day project and grant management operations, including expenditure batches for PMR (Programme Management & Reporting) and Cat 5 projects and awards implementation.
5) Develop flexible and innovative solutions to support WHO's emergency operations, in line with the emergency standard operating procedures (SOPs);
6) Provide technical feedback to the Regional Office on emergency SOPs and make recommendations for improving them, including the development of additional SOPs to address project implementation gaps.
7) Analyze and compare donor agreements and extra-budgetary contributions against SO 5 work plans to determine the best mix and appropriate distribution of voluntary contribution funds.
8) Monitor and evaluate Programme Budget (PB) allocations of Cat 5 funds in particular to participate in the elaboration of work plans, timeframes and activity cost estimates, budget proposals, monitoring expenditures, identifying areas to be strengthened and appropriate corrective actions.
9) Serve as focal point for revision and quality assurance of the Cat 5 planned budget for projects, concept paper, and donor's agreement.
10) In line with the WHO's emergency response framework, ensure operational support to the critical function of "core services" in graded events
11) In line with the IASC transformative agenda protocols ensure data/information is generated resulting in advocate for the mobilization of resources for Level 3 events
12) To coordinate inputs to the OCHA Financial Tracking System for updates to WHO's grants
13) To illustrate current trends in humanitarian appeals targeting health cluster/sector funding rates
14) To serve as surge staff in graded events to manage critical function "core services"
Essential: University degree in public or business administration, or accounting or finance.

Desirable: Degree or diploma in project management.
WHO Global Competencies Model at:

1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Producing results
3) Moving forward in a changing environment 4) Fostering integration and teamwork
5) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
1) Demonstrated knowledge in project management.
2) Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
3) Sound drafting (report writing) skills.
4) Proven skills in project planning.
5) Mature judgment.
6) Good interpersonal and communication skills with integrity, courtesy and tactfulness.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in standard WHO computer applications (MS Office) including financial management information systems.
Essential: At least two years of experience in administrative positions involving project or financial/budgetary management responsibilities, in emergency/humanitarian context.

Desirable: Proficiency in programme/financial modules of WHO's GSM or other Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Awareness of humanitarian donor specific templates and strategies. Familiarity with humanitarian appeal process
Excellent knowledge of English. Good knowledge of Arabic language.
Additional Information:
Only nationals of the country will be considered for this position.

Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
256,043 EGP (Subject to deductions) at single rate

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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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.

Selection in Progress

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