World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Purpose of the Position
- In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme,, the incumbent will coordinate the creation, implementation and development of the strategic response plans as well as the WHO operational plan, outlining the activities and resources (staffing, equipment, funding) required for WHO to perform its role as the lead technical agency in health emergencies, and more specifically as the leader of the Health Cluster in humanitarian emergencies and outbreaks. This includes coordination of strategic evaluation, analysis and dissemination of relevant information for the effective operational and strategic management throughout the full cycle of the emergency. The incumbent will be deployed to emergency operations when required.
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective:
- The Mission of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
- Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization):
- Reporting to the WHE Lead under the overall guidance of the Head of WHO’s Country Office the incumbent acts as an advisor to the WHO emergency team on Planning & Performance Management activities.
- The incumbent will work closely with the other members of the WHE team and the technical leads, at the three levels of the organization, to coordinate the strategic and operational planning for emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities.
- S/he ensures that planning is based on accurate data and that the expected results with the associated inputs (competencies and financial resources) are clearly defined and tracked.
- S/he will have the front line responsibility for promoting effective performance management strategy throughout the full cycle of the emergency.
- The present position under WHE (which is a single programme across the Organization) may be relocated to another duty station, including at Regional or Country level, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.
Summary of Assigned Duties
- Coordinate a systematic collection of information pertaining to the joint operations plans (4Ws), from the relevant WHO offices and key operational partners, to generate a consolidated overview of needs and requirements.
- Co-develop, with relevant internal WHO teams and key operational partners, the strategic response framework and joint operations plan (4Ws) to outline the response strategies to the emergency incident.
- Design and/or adopt a system to analyse and document, WHO performance in line with the ERF and based on the WHO emergency response framework, ensure the implementation of remedial actions for the implementation of effective health interventions for emergency response.
- Oversee the development of WHO’s emergency work plans and associated budgets outlining the required response activities and resources (staffing, equipment).
- Undertake regular planning reviews, with HQ teams and the relevant regional office when necessary, to provide periodic estimates and forecasts on response requirements based on technical needs.
- In close coordination with the Resource Mobilization Officer and Budget and Finance Officer, actively participate in internal and external communication activities and support resource mobilization efforts through providing overall analyses of needs and technical contributions to the development of project proposals and identifying budget needs.
- Oversee the monitoring of the implementation of WHO’s projects and grants, ensuring that implementation, expenditure and reporting are consistent with plans and projects. Analyse risks for implementation and bring them to the attention of the responsible officers.
- Verify results-oriented formulations and brief technical leads on proper submissions that culminate in approved operational work plans, and their subsequent programmatic monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- Determine the data information elements that are required internally and externally to support the health sector/cluster coordination and decision-making, design standardized methods of capturing and consolidating evidence based health interventions and document lessons learnt, best practices and trend analyses for promoting accountability, responsiveness and transparency.
- Oversee the data collection and analysis to monitor progress against plans according to established key performance indicators. Prepare background documents, concept papers, situation analysis, develop monthly technical reports assessing the implementation of related programmes.
- Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
- Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required. (See WHO competency model. List in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones)
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
- Moving forward in a changing environment
- Ensuring the effective use of resources
- NB: Position descriptions that possess supervisory/managerial responsibilities require one additional mandatory competency from the Management competencies: “Creating an empowering and motivating environment.” In addition to the above mentioned mandatory competencies, the hiring manager can select one or two additional competencies (from the Core, Management or Leadership group) that are considered essential to successfully perform the functions of the position.
Functional Knowledge and Skills
- Extensive practical knowledge of modern management principles and techniques, especially with respect to large operations at national, regional and/or global levels.
- Strong strategic thinking, with the ability to quickly comprehend strategic and tactical objectives and to formulate comprehensive plans to address challenges/risks
- Demonstrated knowledge in the field of evaluation and monitoring of public health programs in the context of humanitarian and emergency relief
- Ability to perform and adapt to complex and changing political, social, and economic contexts.
- Knowledge of WHO or other UN agencies’ governing mechanisms, procedures, planning and programme management.
- Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Public Health, Management, Business or Public Administration or other Social Sciences from an accredited/recognized institute.
- Specialized training in Specialization in Public Health, and in planning, documentation and monitoring an evaluation and humanitarian interventions.
- A minimum of seven years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in strategic and operational planning, monitoring of technical and financial implementation and , performance management of technical programmes and related operations, in a public health or humanitarian international context.
- Demonstrated experience in coordinating with and reporting on the work of diverse teams and financial resources at international level.
- Experience working in WHO, the UN and/or international organization, health cluster partners and recognized humanitarian organizations including at the regional/country level. Experience in change management and organizational development.
Use of Language Skills:
- Expert knowledge of English or French with and Intermediate knowledge of either of the two as second. Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.
- Ability to propose innovative approaches and solutions to challenging situations.
- Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and automated planning tools.
- This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
- 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. ome professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
- Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
- WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 71,332 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
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- Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.