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Director (Global Tuberculosis Programme)

Geneva

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Senior Executive level - D-2, Director - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-16

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The Global TB Programme (GTB) leads and guides the global effort to end the TB epidemic through universal access to people-centered prevention and care, multisectoral action and innovation. More specifically GTB:

  1. Provides global leadership to end TB through strategy development, political and multisectoral engagement, strengthening review and accountability, advocacy, and partnerships, including with civil society;
  2. Shapes the TB research and innovation agenda and stimulates the generation, translation and dissemination of knowledge;
  3. Develops policy options, norms and standards for TB prevention and care and facilitates their implementation;
  4. Provides specialized technical support for Member States and partners, working with WHO regional and country offices to catalyze change and build sustainable capacity; and
  5. Monitors, evaluates and reports on the status of the TB epidemic and progress in financing and implementation of the end TB Strategy at global, regional and country levels.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  • Leads the Department in providing global leadership in the field of TB prevention, care and control, and continue advocacy and awareness raising in these areas.
  • Provide and develop as well as lead the work on monitoring and reporting on the same areas.
  • Technical products and expertise to Member States and other Stakeholders with guidance and technical data required for the development, implementation, and monitoring of national and/or global policies and programmes with impact at country level.
  • Directs and leads overall establishment and development of the Department's evidence based policies and strategies for rollout and delivery for Regional and Country Office implementation.
  • Provides the overall leadership, management, development and accountability, of the Department in delivering its objectives through managing and galvanizing a diverse workforce and financial resources to optimize the department deliverables and mandate.
  • Oversees the monitoring and evaluation and reporting of the Department's area of work to ensure development of key performance indicators and global reporting requirements.
  • Provides senior level technical advice and expertise to Senior Management in the area of assigned responsibilities in order to position the Department and Organization as a leader.
  • Serves as the scientific/technical reference among UN Agencies and other key players in the respective areas. Promotes the integration of Regional and Country Office perspectives and operational capacities into the Department's programme area of work. Builds strong partnerships and fosters consensus building with External Partners, Member States, UN Agencies, Donor, civil society and people with lived experience and cutting edge research institutions and other stakeholders in the subject area to politically position the technical area of work and implementation into national and/or global policies.
  • Represent the Organization and Department area of work in a diverse array of global fora to position WHO as a leader in the global health community.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential:

  • Advanced University degree in Medicine, public health, infectious or respiratory diseases.

Desirable:

  • A PhD in one of the above-mentioned fields.

Experience

Essential:

  • A minimum of 15 years of (i) professional experience in TB control and/or epidemiology at various levels, including in developing countries and of (ii)policy and strategy development.
  • At least 5 years of experience in directing and developing a large multidisciplinary team.
  • Extensive experience in promotion and advocacy activities with a solid track record in resource mobilization with the international donor community including bilateral development agencies, funding agencies, foundations, private sector, NGOs and other UN agencies.
  • Extensive experience providing senior level advice and guidance to Senior Management/Decision makers, managing human and financial resources, as well as extensive experience in the area of developing and establishing policies and strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience at the international level.

Desirable:

  • Several years' experience in the management of complex public-private partnerships.
  • Documented knowledge of global health, epidemiology and disease control.

Skills

  • Extensive knowledge of TB and communicable diseases epidemiology and control, including strategies, challenges and practices which are relevant at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Proven knowledge of global health issues and their articulation with SDGs, socio-economic determinant of health and health systems.
  • Excellent managerial expertise and ability to provide authoritative advice on TB control priorities.
  • Ability to write clearly and articulately present reports on a broad range of issues while representing and promoting the Organization.
  • Leadership skills in the planning and coordination of multidisciplinary public health programmes, including the implementation of disease control programmes.
  • Management skills and experience in managing people and financial resources. Ability to engage and communicate effectively with media, member states, and partners.
  • Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners, including for TB prevention control and care.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Driving the Organization to a Successful Future
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • 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 117,280 (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 8923 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

  • 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 and/or an asynchronous video assessment 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • The WHO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The WHO recruits and employs staff regardless of disability status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, race, marital status, religious, cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, or any other personal characteristics.
  • Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to reasonableaccommodation@who.int
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with WHO and an underlying premise of the international civil service. 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.
  • WHO also offers wide range of benefits to staff, including parental leave and attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work-life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
  • The statutory retirement age for staff appointments is 65 years. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.
  • Please note that WHO's contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at shws@who.int.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
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