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Programme Manager

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-03

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UNITAID is a multilateral 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.


The key role of the Programme Manager is to manage a portfolio of grants and teams.The incumbent will:--> 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 agreements, with emphasis on performance and monitoring of verifiable results--> Actively participate in the development of budget projections and financial requirements--> 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



Essential: Advanced university degree in one of the following areas - finance/economics (or) business/public administration (or) project management (or) public health
Desirable: Advanced/University degree in development studies (or) health economics


Essential: --> At least 7 years of progressive experience in managing large scale projects or grants and leading multi-functional teams, preferably at an international level --> Significant experience in 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 developing performance-based funding metrics and/or agreements--> Demonstrated experience in building partnerships and in multi-stakeholder negotiations, in the context of large scale funding Experience managing relationships with controlling functions such as Finance/Audit and Risk
Desirable: --> Experience in 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, or tuberculosis, or malaria--> Significant experience in related private sector e.g. health commodity manufacturing industry or other international financing/international development organizations


Mandatory competencies:1. Communication2. Respecting individual and cultural differences1. Strong project team management and leadership skills2. Strong expertise, knowledge and skills in management of complex projects in the private sector, public health or international development arenas 3. Advanced knowledge of project financing and financial processes, including budgets, reporting and audit methodologies, and negotiation skills4. Advanced knowledge of project due diligence and oversight5. Strong skills in building operational partnerships and/or business development across organizations6. Ability to identify, classify and manage risks at organizational, portfolio, and project level7. Strong communication and presentation skills (written and verbal)

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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 74,913 (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 5150 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: 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support this Partnership, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside the Partnership 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.)
  • UNITAID is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO, located outside WHO premises in Le Pommier, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex.
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