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Advisor, Strategic Fund Management

Washington D.C

Description of duties: Under the general supervision of the Director, Health Systems and Services (HSS), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Medicines and Health Technologies (HSS/MT), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:a) Advise and coordinate the daily operations of PAHO's Regional Revolving Fund for Strategic Public Health Supplies, also known as the Strategic Fund, to ensure timely delivery of medicines and public health supplies to Member States;b) Lead the development of strategies and a business plan for growth and scale up of the Strategic Fund to increase uptake by Member States and effectively respond to new market dynamics, address current and future Member State needs; c) Expand and develop new interactions between the Strategic Fund with bilateral and multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, sub-regional integration mechanisms and other partners to advance the interests and objectives of the Strategic Fund;d) Advise and support the development and roll out of a communication strategy and tools to promote the Strategic Fund among Member States and other stakeholders; e) Develop and implement a strategy to mobilize resources in order to increase the technical support function of the Strategic Fund, and to increase the Fund's Capitalization Account, with a view to extend Member States a line of credit and improve access to medicines and supplies procured through the procurement mechanism; f) Responsible for the oversight of the Strategic Fund daily operations in coordination with relevant technical and administrative entities in the Organization, including: Process for purchasing and shipping medicines and other public health supplies on behalf of Member States in coordination with the Procurement and Supply Management (PRO) Department; Management of the capitalization account with the Financial Resources Management (FRM) Department; Review with the Legal (LEG) Department the status and signing of Member State agreements to participate in the Strategic Fund; Develop and implement synergies with the PAHO Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement with the Comprehensive Family Immunization (FGL/IM) Unit;g) Assess current practices within technical and administrative entities in Headquarters and Country Offices to improve efficiencies and improve service to Member States; develop recommendations and plans of actions for process enhancement; h) Advise and support the preparation of procurement plans of required medicines for selected countries, those that procure medicines through the Strategic Fund; i) Strengthen Member State capacity to perform quantification, forecasting of future demands and improve efficiencies in the entire procurement cycle for products procured through the Strategic Fund;j) Provide technical support for the continuous assessment and evaluation of the impact of the Strategic Fund, results achieved and processes developed;k) Develop market analysis (e.g. potential suppliers, product pipeline, global demand trends and procurement approaches) for medicines and public health supplies procured through the Strategic Fund for Member States; l) Promote the mobilization of national and international resources in support of the Strategic Fund's programs and/or projects;m) Participate in the preparation of the Unit's Biennial Work Plan (BWP), budget and technical evaluation reports;n) When called upon to directly supervise staff, establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, provide coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;o) Perform other related duties, as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential: A university degree in a health or social science, business administration, engineering or related field and a master's degree in business administration, management, public administration, public health or related field from a recognized institution.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: Skills: Key Behavioral Competencies Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.Teamwork : Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team's successes and failures.Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.External Action: Promotes the values of the Organization through mutually relationships with external institutions. Monitors one's work using transparency in the execution of all tasks.Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Demonstrates initiative and managerial capacity in obtaining alternative sources of financing and in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources for interventions. Acquires adequate funding, based upon the resources allocated in intervention plans.Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Selects priority ideas for executing the interventions after anticipating their potential problems and solutions. Participates in the preparation of strategic plans, providing input about their impact, quality, critical points, and risks.Resource mobilization: Works in an objective manner to obtain and apportion resources (financial and non-financial) according to need. Supports and advises technical areas to enable best use of resources are aligned with the mission and vision of the Organization. Is able to work in a multicultural environment. Is flexible and has the ability to work well under pressure. Is able to give feedback to partners within and outside the organization about the use of the resources and the results acquired.Technical Expertise - Expert knowledge of pharmaceutical and other health technologies markets, in particular understanding of the implications for the public sector.- Expertise knowledge of procurement, supply and/or distribution management especially in health-pharmaceutical sector(s) or other critical processes related to the management of medicines and health technologies.- Strong public health and strategic thinking background showing resourcefulness, initiative, leadership qualities, with sound technical, analytical, conceptual, inter-personal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendation on key political and technical issues. - Ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment to re-prioritize actions on short notice.- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.- Managerial skills for the development, implementation, and analysis of technical cooperation programs and activities, including budget programming and control. - Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.IT Skills Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset. Experience: Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in the administration of programs and projects related to pharmaceutical and other health technologies policy, procurement and supply management of health commodities and/or health technology service delivery.Desirable: Knowledge of health systems and/or pharmaceutical/health technology market dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean would be an asset. Languages: Very good knowledge of English and Spanish. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset. Additional Information: PAHO OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE COMPENSATION PACKAGE INCLUDING AN ANNUAL NET SALARY AND POST ADJUSTMENT, WHICH REFLECTS THE COST OF LIVING IN A PARTICULAR DUTY STATION AND EXCHANGE RATES (SUBJECT TO MANDATORY DEDUCTIONS FOR PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS AND HEALTH INSURANCE). OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE: 30 DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE, DEPENDENCY BENEFITS, PENSION PLAN AND HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME. BENEFITS FOR INTERNATIONALLY RECRUITED STAFF MAY INCLUDE HOME LEAVE, TRAVEL AND REMOVAL EXPENSES ON APPOINTMENT AND SEPARATION, EDUCATION GRANT FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN, ASSIGNMENT GRANT AND RENTAL SUBSIDY.CANDIDATES APPOINTED TO AN INTERNATIONAL POST WITH PAHO ARE SUBJECT TO MOBILITY AND MAY BE ASSIGNED TO ANY ACTIVITY OR DUTY STATION OF THE ORGANIZATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE PERSONAL HISTORY FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POST. CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES. Post Adjustment: 48.8 % 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. 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: Washington D.C
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Finance and Banking
    • Finance and Banking
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-04-26

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