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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-23

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Project Manager

Geneva (Switzerland)


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (“The Programme”) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The Department of Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) supports countries in prevention and control of high threat diseases of pandemic/epidemic potential through forecasting, characterization of diseases/infectious risks and development of evidence-based strategies to manage infectious hazards. The PIP Framework was adopted by Member States in 2011. The Framework has three main components\: virus sharing, benefit sharing and governance. Continued implementation of its benefit sharing component requires work to manage the distribution of the Partnership Contribution funds for building capacity to prepare for the next influenza pandemic.


The responsibilities of the Technical Officer include\:

1. Manage and coordinate the operational implementation of PIP Partnership Contribution funds at HQ, regional and country levels.

2. Develop and ensure continuous improvement and refinement of strategies, streamlined procedures and processes to ensure effective use of funds, timely reporting and monitoring of implementation.

3. Lead and manage the process to develop Regional Office and Headquarters annual PC work plans that are consistent with the High Level Implementation Plan II deliverables and outcomes.

4. Monitor and evaluate HLIP II implementation progress.

5. Act as the primary focal point for HQ and Regional Offices on project management issues.

6. Monitor and mitigate risks by resolving issues as they arise.

7. Support and provide advice on the development and enhancement of programmatic and financial monitoring and reporting tools.

8. Provide substantive input and ensure timely development of programmatic and financial progress reports for internal and external partners and stakeholders.

9.Create a consistent approach to project implementation advocacy and information sharing.

10. Perform other related duties as required.



Essential\: Advanced university degree in public health, business or social science.
Desirable\: Training in project management


Essential\: At least 7 years project management work experience at the international level, including management of complex health related projects with international partners.

Direct experience managing multiple projects simultaneously as well as strong financial management experience.

Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring complex work plans. Experience in reporting programmatic and financial data in annual reports and through online tools.

Experience with an ERP system, particularly Oracle.


Desirable\: Experience in WHO or the UN.

Experience with influenza or respiratory viruses


In depth knowledge of the WHO PIP Framework.

Solid experience in project management, including financial management.

Excellent communication and facilitation skills to integrate planning and monitoring across HQ and regional offices.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Excellent organizational and analytical skills, Familiarity with WHO planning, management systems and practices.

Ability to function effectively in a team setting in a cross-cultural environment.

Tact, discretion and diplomacy.

Effective writing of technical documents.

High level of computer literacy, including ability to advise on data management.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Expert knowledge of UN Language.


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 71,332 (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 4345 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.


  • 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 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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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