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Chief, Revolving Fund Special Program for Vaccine Procurement

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

Description of duties: Under the general supervision of the Director (D), and the direct supervision of the Deputy Director (DD), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:a) Manage the Organization's Revolving Fund Special Program for Vaccine Procurement; negotiate effectively with vaccine manufacturers, as well as international vaccine financing mechanisms in the context of the increasingly complex and dynamic global vaccine market; develop and implement a strategy to transition the Revolving Fund business model to be a more effective service provider into the foreseeable future considering its resources, processes and external forces; b) Provide technical, policy, strategic and programmatic advice to enhance and position the Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement as a key contributor to the success in eliminating vaccine preventable diseases; ensure the achievement of its main goal of facilitating timely access to high-quality vaccines at the lowest price for national immunization programs of participating Member States;c) Lead the development of practices and procedures to offer high-quality vaccines at the lowest price to participating Member States in the new global market environment;d) Coordinate with all relevant Organizational entities the efficient and effective management of the PAHO Revolving Fund including monitoring and evaluation of its performance;e) Build consensus among Member States for continued solidarity to address vaccine needs in the evolving vaccine marketplace;f) Conduct political and environmental analyses with all relevant Organizational entities, on an ongoing basis, that contribute to decision making and the elaboration of strategic planning for the Revolving Fund;g) Coordinate the implementation of the PAHO Revolving Fund strategy with all relevant Organizational entities, ensuring that the Revolving Fund remains aligned with the Governing Body mandates and the Organization's mission, business needs and priorities;h) Coordinate and lead, as delegated, the Organizational relations with the different stakeholders involved in the vaccine procurement cycle; i) Represent the Organization in high level events, meetings, negotiations, policy discussions with partners and stakeholders and/or industries related to vaccines and vaccine procurement, as delegated;j) Identify in consultation with all relevant Organizational entities the opportunities and special areas of interest and promote, establish, and maintain liaisons with a broad spectrum of entities WHO, UNICEF, the Gavi Alliance, foundations, international financial institution's, global funds, political integration arrangements, partnerships related to vaccine procurement, and the private sector;k) Provide technical and policy advice for the Fund's practices and procedures in order to ensure alignment with the Organization's mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, mandates, business needs and priorities in order to ensure continuing operations and best results; l) Provide high level technical, managerial and policy advice to managers and actively support technical staff development in the area of vaccine procurement;m) Identify and mobilize financial resources to support program implementation, in collaboration with other Departments of the Organization and partners;n) Formulate and recommend policies, plans, strategies, and budgets, in support of the Governing Bodies' mandates related to the work of the Special Program; report to Governing Bodies, through executives presentations and reports, on the status or results of the program of work;o) Develop, define and establish the objectives, strategy, plan and budget of the Special Program; ensure that the strategies and objectives are aligned with the Organization's mission, vision, values, policies, strategies, business needs and priorities in order to ensure continuing operations and maximize results; ensure that results and products delivered are aligned with the Organizational Strategy and make significant contributions for the achievement of the expected results and strategic objectives; p) Determine the viability of, and recommend projects and activities for the Special Program, as well as determine strategies for implementation, including suitable financing, financial resources mobilization, and executing arrangements. Assure the timely monitoring, reporting and evaluation of results and accomplishments for the benefit of the Member States and the Organization;q) Administer, allocate and monitor the Special Program's financial, logistical and staff resources; prepare, and justify the program and budget proposals;r) Provide leadership, guidance and mentoring of supervised staff; define the Special Program's personnel component including the organizational structure, competencies and terms of reference. Initiate and recommend approval of personnel actions for all of the Special Program's staff; ensure guidance and monitoring of staff through setting of clear work objectives, use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts. Monitor the competencies of the staff to ensure optimal performance and staff development; monitor workloads to ensure equitable distribution of work and maintain job satisfaction, efficiency and output; and follow up on any deviation of work results from objectives; s) Promote a culture of ethical behavior and integrity in accordance with the Organization's Code of Ethical Principles and Conduct in order to ensure a culture of respect, responsibility, accountability, and compliance; t) Provide a stable managerial framework that demonstrates credibility, trust and value to Member States, clients and humanitarian and other donors, while optimizing staff performance; provide advice, when called upon, to institutions of Member States in the area of expertise;u) Direct and participate in the development of policies and their implementation and provide authoritative advice in relation to policy and procedures under the areas of responsibility;v) Perform other related duties, as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:A bachelor's and a master's degree in a health or social science, business administration, management, public administration, economics, or other 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: http://www.whed.net/. Skills: Key Behavioral Competencies:-- Intrainstitutional Action: Displays, through leadership and decisions, understanding of the political systems and underlying drivers. Plans and evaluates both unit and individual results to achieve the PAHO's mission. Requires that projects be grounded in scientific evidence and that they be consistent with PAHO's vision, mission and values, and appropriate for the setting in which they will be carried out. Demonstrates a full commitment to the mission and values of the Organization by aligning the area of work with the strategic direction of the Organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.-- Accountability: Develops a culture that utilizes accountability strategies at all levels and activities, processes, and functions in one's area. Oversees the development and required dissemination of appropriate reports on the monitoring of interventions in terms of partial and final results, as well as all the activities of one's area.-- Devising the budget for interventions and cost optimization: Achieves valuable results from the organizational strategies. Makes optimal use of the available resources. Advocates ethical behavior and follows organizational guidelines when managing resources, helping to prevent and eventually resolving conflicts of interest.-- Thinking, planning and the strategic management of technical cooperation interventions: Evaluates the ideas for interventions in terms of their potential for change and transformation before deciding to execute them. Follows the Organization's strategy in executing technical cooperation interventions in order to generate expected results.-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: Leads one's area toward a culture of decision-making that is based upon objective analysis of situational evidence and application of previously acquired knowledge. Provides oversight in the verification process that targets how area of work takes action in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Presents solutions evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Is capable of anticipating the implications of an analyzed situation for two years or more.-- Teamwork: Develops a high performing team in one's operational area and also encourages teamwork across the Organization. Establishes and models the standard for teams and teamwork. Provides significant contributions when participating in internal and external work teams. Initiates and leads mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relationships based on trust, both inside and outside the Organization. -- Service Orientation: Creates, maintains and encourages a client orientated culture. Seeks information about the real, underlying needs of the client, beyond those expressed initially, and matches these to available (or customized) products or services. Looks for long-term relationships with the client. -- External Action: Develops and maintains mutually beneficial working productive partnerships. In the area under one's charge, monitors all activities, using transparency in the execution of all processes. Verifies that the conditions and deadlines set for turning in the product are met, and can objectively report on the results. Leverages external actors to actors to accomplish strategic goals. -- Resource Mobilization: Establishment of an internal culture that supports the Organization's strategic direction program of work and the organizational results to enable effective resource mobilization. Supports and makes all efforts to increase the level of resources that are considered necessary for operations. Is capable of negotiating with different types of organizations. Uses the financial and non-financial resources with objectivity. Is able to achieve the goals and results with the resources they have.Technical Expertise:-- Technical: Extensive expertise at a decision-making level in vaccine supply, international public health, and resource mobilization for health; wide and varied knowledge of public health problems and vaccine procurement processes, including monitoring and performance assessment in the health or social sector. -- Managerial: Extensive expertise in progressively responsible positions in the management of a large public or private institution, on administrative and technical matters requiring sensitive negotiation with pharmaceutical industry and other international bodies. Demonstrated ability to provide professional leadership to strategic, organizational, managerial and analytic work; courtesy, tact, sensitivity to manage confidential information, and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different professional levels, discipline, nationalities, and cultural background; resourcefulness, initiative, highly developed judgment and interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations and sensitive areas.-- Administrative: Skills in resource mobilization (including fundraising and partner collaboration) and financial management for the delivery of expected results. 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: Fifteen years of combined national and international experience in leading and managing vaccine procurement, finance and vaccine supply chain management. Experience in managing negotiations with large institutions and resource mobilization and partnership programs, ideally in the field of international public health. Experience should include progressively responsible demonstrated skills in management, diplomacy, and negotiations at high level. Desirable: Experience in a United Nations organization or any other international organization would be an asset. Languages: Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. 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. 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: 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: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-6, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Procurement
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-02

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