Programme Officer

World Health Organization

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Programme Officer – (2303019)

Grade: P4
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 years
Job Posting: May 2, 2023, 9:56:32 PM
Closing Date: May 24, 2023, 3:44:00 AM
Primary Location: Switzerland-Geneva
Organization: HQ/HSP Health Security Preparedness
Schedule: Full-time

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OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
Health emergencies continue to have significant and sometimes catastrophic impacts on countries’ health, economies and development. Both recent and ongoing public health events have demonstrated that the many communities remain at the high risk, and that strong levels of national preparedness across all relevant sectors are crucial to ensuring the effective management of health emergencies, when they occur. They also illustrate the need for scaling up the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) that requires countries to build and maintain the capacities to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to, and recover from public health emergencies, anchored on strong and resilient health systems. The Emergency Preparedness Division contributes to the implementation of the WHO Global Programme of Work (GPW 13) and is guided by WHO strategic priorities to “keep the world safe, improve health and serve the vulnerable”. The WHO strategic priorities drive the progress in health towards Universal Health Coverage, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and speaks particularly to SDG 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The Health Security Preparedness (HSP) department supports Member States in enhancing national preparedness across the IHR core capacities to manage all-hazard risks and emergencies, and to build multisectoral approaches for health security. It ensures that WHO supports Member States to build sustainable preparedness capacities and scale up the implementation of the IHR (2005), and support the implementation of the Sendai Framework, the WHO Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other related global and regional frameworks. The department also establishes strategic links to, and supports the advancement of global initiatives such as GPMB, GHSA, EU ACP, Health and Security Alliance, Foreign Affairs for Global Health initiative and the UN System Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience. HSP works with partners and the broader global heath security community to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in all countries are protected from the impact of health emergencies.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  1.  Provides Guidance and advice to the Director of HQ Department of Health Security Preparedness (HSP) in managing the overall budget planning, financial management administration and facilitating the human resource related planning and operations of the offices.
  2.  Manages and monitors the budget and finance of the office and develops innovative approaches to financial management, developing new best practices for financial resources.
  3.  Oversees, quality assurance and compliance of transactions and allocates financial resources and award mapping for the office, providing periodic financial reports, data, and statistics in accordance with WHO’s rules and regulations and donor requirements.
  4.  Analyses financial data and provides advice to decision makers on the financial administration of the programme area.
  5. Assists the Director or responsible officers in coordination the operational work planning processes.
  6.  Responsible for reviewing contracts and donor proposals and agreements and liaise with responsible technical officers and partners accordingly.
  7.  Works closely with the Director/Responsible Officer and/or technical staff in supporting fundraising and resource mobilization activities accordingly.
  8.  Organizes the administrative functions of the offices and oversees the effective work of administrative support staff to ensure effective programmatic and administrative support.
  9.  Perform all other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education
Essential: An advanced level university degree (Masters level or above) in Business Administration, Management, or related field relevant to the position.

Experience
Essential: A minimum of seven years professional experience in conducting financial management, budget and work planning related programme activities as well as working in the area of administration. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Experience working in an international organization.

Skills

  •  Strong expertise in budget and financial planning and accounting.
  •  Concrete skills in project management and work planning.
  • Strong skills in utilizing Enterprise Resource Planning Oracle systems or similar packages.
  • Strong skills in writing and drafting financial reports and donor agreements.
  • Strong skills in the area of quality assurance and compliance.
  •  Strong skills in building partnerships.
  •  Strong skills in programmatic and administrative processes.

WHO Competencies
Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Communication
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.

REMUNERATION
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 77,326 (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, and currently amounts to USD 5271 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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