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World Health Organisation seeks Programme Manager

World Health Organisation 5<y Senior Level  Genève, Genève, Schweiz 18 Jan 2018

Job Description

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

The Emergency Operations Department of the Health Emergencies Programme is responsible for ensuring that emergency-affected populations have access to timely and effective health services. This includes ensuring a strong emergency management system (based on incident management), effective and inclusive coordination mechanisms, joint assessments and planning by partners, implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and strong logistics and operational support. The expansion and strengthening of operational partnerships is a key priority. EMO also leads on humanitarian policy and guidance, as well as representation to key interagency bodies.


Specific duties Within the framework of the delegated authority, the incumbent is assigned all or part of the following duties:

1. Serve as a key advisor to the Director and other technical leads providing authoritative advice and expertise on the overall programme management, grants management, budget and finance, work planning, human resources, and implementation of activities; anticipate problems, advocate best practices and innovative approaches.

2. Coordinate, with technical leads and other teams, the development, negotiation, implementation and monitoring of the departmental technical, operational and HR work plans, provide direction on the controls, allocation of resources, underpin compliance with planning frameworks and project management principles.

3. Monitor programme implementation across the Department; collaborate with relevant teams to track progress against work plans, including deliverables and indicators, recommend corrective actions and ensure compliance with all organizational requirements.

4. Second the Director in the planning, organization and coordination for advocacy and resource mobilization.

5. Liaise with resource mobilization officers to secure rapid funding for immediate needs; with sustainable, predictable financing for programme activities.

6. Coordinate the preparation of departmental briefings, proposals, reports, communications and advocacy documents required for senior management and strategic decision making, oversee the analysis, consolidation and dissemination of programme information.

7. Coordinate with the External Relations Department, the Grant Management Team and the Budget & Finance Team to support and facilitate the timely development, finalization and submission of proposals, donor agreements and reports (both technical and financial), in accordance with donor requirements and deadlines, and provide oversight for the Department’s grant management function. 8. Coordinate with the Management and Administrative Department to identify and manage the Department’s IT requirements and IT development needs.

9. Provide leadership and guidance to the programme management team; optimize the performance of the team through motivation, continuous learning, workload management and workflow improvements.

10. Coordinate and manage retreats and training initiatives for the department, as necessary.

11. Second the Director and senior management in Programme Area fora and network consultations, as required.

12. Upon request, provide technical and managerial support and backstopping for emergency activities at any level of the Organization or scale of emergency.

13. Perform other related duties including replacing and backstopping duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced university degree in Management, Business Administration, Finance, Health policy/planning, Economics, Social Development, Social Sciences or International relations or other related fields.


Essential: A minimum of ten years‘ progressive experience, at the national and international levels, in programme management with experience in planning, grant management, budget, finance, HR and/or related field, including sound understanding of resource mobilization and/or projects management. At least 5 years‘ experience within WHO. Substantial experience in programme management in the context of outbreaks and/or emergency programmes, in a senior capacity. Experience in managing diverse teams.



– Proven knowledge of budgetary, financial, and human resources and programme management practices, rules and regulations.

– Demonstrated ability to act independently, exercise sound judgment and take initiative.

– Excellent analytical and negotiation skills.

– Team leadership and building partnership skills.

– Accountability and decision making authority.

WHO Competencies

Ensuring the effective use of resources
Moving forward in a changing environment
Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Setting an example

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other WHO Language.

Further information and application (Closing Date: Feb 5, 2018, 11:59:00 PM)

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