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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/15/HIS/FT651
Title: Manager
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years - Renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 27 November 2015
Application Deadline: 18 December 2015 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) /
HQ/HSR - Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HQ/HSR)
The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (Alliance HPSR) is an international collaboration based in the World Health Organization (WHO), aiming to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as a means to improve developing country health systems. Specifically, the Alliance aims to:
- Stimulate the generation and synthesis of policy relevant health systems knowledge, encompassing evidence, tools and methods;
- Promote the dissemination and use of health policy and systems research knowledge to improve the performance of health systems;
- Facilitate the development of capacity for the generation, dissemination and use of HPSR knowledge among researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
Description of duties:
The purpose of the position is to lead the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research programme of work on implementation research and delivery science as well as to provide technical and managerial oversight of operations within the Alliance Secretariat.

The Manager will perform the following specific duties:
1. Collaboration and Engagement:
- Actively engage a wide range of organizations and entities (within and outside WHO) that currently have a focus on HPSR or an expressed interest in engaging in this area of work, in order to strengthen collaborations and establish new opportunities for the Alliance HPSR;
- Represent the Alliance Secretariat on relevant advisory/steering committees within and outside of WHO and provide input on issues related to HPSR & particularly implementation research, evidence use, HPSR/implementation research methods among others;
- Promote the Alliance HPSR and its work to other entities/departments within WHO, donor agencies, governments, professional bodies and the wider community of health policy and systems research.
2. Strategic Leadership:
- Assist the Executive Director in developing the Alliance's overall vision and strategic directions;
- Assist the Executive Director in developing concept papers and funding proposals for new areas of work;
- Coordinate the development of the biannual work-plan and budget, as well as the establishment of quarterly targets;
- Coordinate the development of the Alliance's Annual Reports;
- Deputize for the Executive Director as required.
3. Governance and Accountability:
- Oversee the development of quarterly technical and financial reporting to the Alliance HPSR Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and Board;
- Ensure a quality assurance process for the various portfolios of work supported by the Alliance HPSR, warrantying both technical quality as well as compliance with WHO policy and procedures;
- Coordinate the monitoring of impact of the Alliance's activities and tracking of outputs for donor reporting and advocacy purposes;
- Ensure that key outcomes and impact stories are documented and appropriately disseminated through the various media used by the Alliance HPSR.
4. Research and Technical Leadership:
- Lead the Alliance's portfolio of work on implementation research and delivery science;
- Develop strategies to implement the recommendations of the 2012 WHO HPSR Strategy;
- Oversee the advocacy and communications functions of the Alliance HPSR;
- Provide mentorship and guidance to the staff of the Alliance HPSR.
Master's level university degree in International Health, Health Policy or related field.

PhD in a field related to International Health, Health Policy or related field.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
- Expert understanding of the application of health policy and systems research, especially implementation research, in low- and middle-income country settings.
- Demonstrated ability in managing relationships and collaborations with key stakeholders.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex concepts, and capacity to negotiate
and influence to achieve desired outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise judgment and initiative, together with an ability to work collaboratively either within or across disciplines and multiple organizations.

Knowledge of MS Office applications.

WHO competencies
1. Producing results
2. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Ensuring the effective use of resources
5. Knowing and managing yourself
At least 10 years of professional experience in public health and/or health research, ideally in a multi-disciplinary and international context. Extensive experience working with government entities and other policy making institutions at national and local levels. Management experience in senior and advisory roles, including governance, strategic planning, project and financial management. Experience in teaching and training, including the design and conduct of courses on health policy and systems research methods, in both academic and non-academic settings. Experience in the development of social marketing materials and the use of various media for advocacy and communication purposes.
Expert knowledge of English.

Expert knowledge of French.

Additional Information:
This vacancy is published in English only.
Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

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Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$ 81'704 at single rate
US$ 87'948 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 86 % 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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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.

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