Programme Manager

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : UNITAID is a multilateral partnership hosted by the World Health Organization. UNITAID is focused on making a unique and impactful contribution to the global response against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in developing countries. It catalyses improvements for the larger response through forward-looking and time-limited investments that are designed to increase access to better, more effective and more affordable health products (i.e. preventatives, medicines and diagnostics). These investments typically target market-based interventions such as price reductions, improvements in quality and supply, and the introduction of innovative products more suitable for the populations in need. Description of duties: Purpose of the position is to plan, develop, manage, and implement a complex and/or large portfolio of proposals and grants. The core responsibilities include planning, due diligence, grant negotiation, grant implementation, and the development and management of effective partnerships.The key role of the Programme Manager is to manage a portfolio of grants and teams. Plan, manage and implement a complex and/or large portfolio of grants through the grant lifecycle from proposal development to grant closure / transition to partner, when applicable. Take ownership of overall proposal and grant portfolio development, liaising with UNITAID and external experts on as-needed basis for technical support, clarification, and review. Create and lead small and flexible cross-functional UNITAID project teams involved in grant development and implementation. Lead grantee-UNITAID interaction and coordinate all necessary liaising activities from proposal development to grant closure. Negotiate and/or provide input into negotiations with partner organizations to finalize grant outlines, with emphasis on performance and monitoring of verifiable results. Actively participate in the development of budget projections and financial requirements, lead evaluation of accuracy and draft amendments to meet targets and objectives. Develop partnerships at the operational level to ensure UNITAID portfolio has a strong fit with other stakeholders in Global Health. Monitor grant implementation, identify and resolve problems. Lead identification and assessment of risks as well as the development of risk mitigation plans, including the engagement and management of external experts. Support and work synergistically with UNITAID teams to develop effective impact assessment and monitoring & evaluation of grants, and the overall portfolio. Support Team Leader in the preparation of communications and any recommendations for Board consideration. Contribute to continuous improvement of UNITAID processes, tools, and policies. Perform any other duties as required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:Advanced university degree in Finance, Economics, Public or Business Administration, Project Management, Development Studies, Health Economics, Law, Public Health or related field.Desirable:University degree in Political Science, International Relations or related social science.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. Skills: Strong project team management and leadership skills. Strong expertise, knowledge and skills in management of complex projects in the private sector, public health or international development arenas. Advanced knowledge of project financing and financial processes, including budgets, reporting and audit methodologies, and negotiation skills. Advanced knowledge of due diligence and risk identification and assessment practices. Strong skills in building operational partnerships and/or business development across organizations; Ability to manage risks at organizational, portfolio, and project level. Ability to define and resolve complex issues. Strong communication and presentation skills, written and verbal. Computer literacy: experience with budgetary and financial software and tools, strong skills in developing PowerPoint presentations, etc.WHO competencies:1. Producing results2. Ensuring the effective use of resources3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond4. Fostering integration and teamwork5. Moving forward in a changing environment Experience: Essential:At least 7 years of progressive experience in managing large scale projects or grants and leading multi-functional teams. Some demonstrated experience at the international level is required. Significant experience leading project/grant management, including proposal design and development, risk and feasibility assessments, document review, and implementation. Significant experience preparing, reviewing, and negotiating project financing and budgets. Experience in developing performance-based fundingmetrics and/or agreements. Demonstrated experience in building partnerships and in multi-stakeholder negotiations, in the context of large scale funding. Experience in managing relationships with controlling functions such as Finance/Audit, Risk,Quality, etc.Desirable:Experience in any of the following areas: supply chain, product development, market access/regulatory, quality assurance, and/or intellectual property, preferably in public health commodities. Programme management experience in Public Health especially around HIV, tuberculosis, or malaria. Significant experience in industry and/or academia and/or other international financing and international development organizations. Languages: Essential:Expert knowledge of English.Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of other WHO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish). Additional Information: This vacancy is published in English only.As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support UNITAID, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside UNITAID either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position). 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. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO:, to learn more about WHO's operations, click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date. UNITAID is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO, located outside WHO premises in Blandonnet, 1214 Vernier/Geneva. Post Adjustment: 87 % 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: 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-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-03-18

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