Head of Secretariat

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : The objectives of the Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) cluster are to advance public health efforts to control and prevent the spread of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); to develop, promote and coordinate activities to support Member States in these areas; and to form and nurture alliances and partnerships to support the goals of the cluster, its areas of work, and the Organization. The scope and purpose of the Secretariat of the Global Coordination Mechanism for Noncommunicable Diseases (WHO GCM/NCD) is to facilitate and enhance coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels, in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013 - 2020 in the context of the Sustainable Developmental Goals 2030, while avoiding duplication of efforts, using resources in an efficient and results-oriented way, and safeguarding WHO and public health from any undue influence by any form of real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest. Description of duties: 1. Overall responsibility and accountability for managing and coordinating the work of the Secretariat; developing work plans for the WHO GCM/NCD, as well as the draft terms of reference for any working group, convening, as appropriate, and service the meetings of the GCM/NCD, as well as any working group meetings, acting as a point of enquiries and information regarding the GCM/NCD and to manage a GCM web portal and virtual forum for the GCM/NCD, including maintaining an up-to-date list of participants, an inventory of the activities related to NCD activities among the participants of the GCM, virtual practice communities, webinars and provide opportunities for virtual consultations. 2. Ensure effective management of human and financial resources for areas of work under his/her direct responsibility and supervision. This includes the elaboration of workplans and ensuring their implementation, managing awards and ensuring reporting according donor requirements, and ensuring the development and well-being of the staff of the secretariat. 3. Mobilize sufficient financial resources through direct negotiations with donors to operationalize programmes and work plans, while safeguarding WHO from any potential conflict of interest. Secretariat WHO Global Coordination Mechanism:4. Develop the GCM/NCD in accordance with its purpose and functions by building capacity and expertise in the areas of advocacy and awareness, knowledge transfer and dissemination of knowledge by developing and sustaining a GCM web portal, webinars, communities of practice, and repositories including country cases and a global Communication Campaign to support Member States in the implementation of the NCD Global Action Plan and to attain the goals of the SDGs.5. Provide a forum to identify barriers and share innovative solutions and actions for the implementation of the global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013 - 2020 including research and innovation, and to promote sustained actions across sectors.6. Advance multisectoral action by identifying and promoting sustained actions across sectors that can contribute to and support the implementation of the global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013 - 2020 by being the cluster lead on multisectoral action.7. Identify and share information on existing and potential sources of finance and international cooperation mechanisms at local, national, regional and global levels for implementation of the global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013 - 2020 and to facilitate development of tools, piloting in countries and initiate operational research to be able to share knowledge and scale up implementation.One-WHO Workplan:8. Sustain and further develop a One-WHO work plan, as a method of work, for the prevention and control of NCD aimed at strengthening national capacities to (i) set national targets and measure results and (ii) establish multi-sectoral policies and plans and action for the prevention and control of NCDs, to ensure coherence and alignment of activities across the three levels of WHO.UN Interagency Taskforce for NCDs:9. Develop, implement, coordinate and monitor strategic programmes among UN agencies to strengthen national capacities to set national targets based on national situations and to implement multi-sectoral plans, taking into account the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs within the context of the terms of reference of the UNIATF and through the WHO integrated support at country level. Integrated Response:10. Develop, implement, coordinate and monitor strategic programme to strengthen national capacities to strengthen and reorient health systems to address prevention and control of NCDs through people-centred primary health care and universal coverage in close collaboration with other WHO clusters, in particular the Health Systems and Innovation Cluster, taking into account the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 and the goals of the SDGs.11. Develop a coalition of strategic partners to ensure that the Organization effectively supports Member States in their efforts to implement multi-sectoral actions and programmes in a coordinated manner. Other:12. Act as focal point within and outside WHO on upstream matters related to the prevention and control of NCDs: represent WHO in meetings with senior officials of governments and missions, in relations with senior WHO staff and in liaison with interagency, interregional and outside bodies. 13. Perform other duties, as required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:Advanced university degree in public health, medicine, social sciences, public administration, political sciences, business administration, or related area.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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually. Skills: Comprehensive knowledge of the global public health aspects of NCDs. Experience in managing complex organisations at national or international level. Experience in implementation of political decisions and producing results. Establishment and development of new organisational structures. Excellent negotiation, communication and resource mobilization skills. Capacity to develop innovative actions. Competencies:1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond2. Driving WHO to a successful future3. Promoting innovation and organizational learning4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment5. Ensuring the effective use of resources Experience: Essential: At least 10 years of experience in increasingly responsible and independent levels in promoting national actions against noncommunicable diseases. Solid experience in leading and operationalizing governance structures. Experience in managing complex politically sensitive discussions with senior national professionals and persons at ministerial level.Desirable:Experience in building new structures and mechanisms in the UN system. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable:Intermediate knowledge of another UN language. Additional Information: Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:http://www.who.int (to learn more about WHO's operations)http://icsc.un.org Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by dateWHO'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. 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. Post Adjustment: 83 % 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 Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures. 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. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-03-03

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