The objectives of the Office of the Regional Director (RDO) are to:
Provide effective support to the Regional Director, to ensure he/she is properly equipped to carry out his/her duties as the elected head of WHO in the Western Pacific Region;
Provide effective liaison between the Regional Director and other branches of WHO management within the Western Pacific Regional Office, Country Offices, and WHO Headquarters;
Support the smooth conduct of the Regional Committee Meeting for the Western Pacific, and the WHO Western Pacific Region's participation in global governing bodies;
Support the effective functioning of senior management meetings.
The objectives of the Communications (COM) and External Relations and Partnerships (ERP) units are as follows:
The objective of the Communications Unit is to use strategic communications as a tool for achieving WHO's mission of protecting and improving the health of the people of the Western Pacific Region, by ensuring that key stakeholders see, understand, trust and believe in WHO's work;
The objective of the External Relations and Partnerships Unit is to support mobilization of resources, and ensure robust management of these resources; and to promote strategic and effective partnerships in support of WHO's work;
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will undertake two complementary roles as Executive Officer, Office of the Regional Director and Coordinator, Communications, External Relations and Partnerships.
1. As Executive Officer, Office of the Regional Director:
a. acts as first or second-line supervisor for professional and general service staff in RDO and its two units (ERP and COM) and oversees the development and monitoring of individual, sub-team and unit workplans;
b. provides guidance and managerial input to ensure effective staff and team performance and appropriate staff development and to promote harmonious staff relations;
c. ensures the optimal use of resources under the RDO budget centre so as to produce maximal impact through planning, directing and managing efficiently and effectively the Budget Centre's financial, technical, logistics and human resources;
d. coordinates the Regional Director's public engagements and travel to countries of the Region;
e. provide policy advice and technical support to the Regional Director and the RDO team as needed;
f. prioritizes and supervises the work of the Secretariat to Cabinet;
g. coordinates the execution and implementation of senior management decisions and special initiatives under the responsibility, of or requiring significant input, from the Regional Director;
h. coordinates protocol for governing bodies and other high level fora or visits attended by the Regional Director or other senior representatives of the Organization;
i. supports coordination of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office's preparations for WHO governing body meetings, including the Regional Committee Meeting for the Western Pacific, and the WHO Western Pacific Region's participation in global governing bodies, in close collaboration with other branches of management;
j. other duties as required.
2. As Coordinator, Communications and External Relations and Partnerships:
a. provides timely and accurate analysis of the strategic relationships and external positioning of the Organization in the Western Pacific Region, and provide strategic and operational recommendations to the Regional Director on areas for further development;
b. guides the implementation of strategies to strengthen all aspects of WHO's resource mobilisation (including donor reporting and visibility) and external relations and positioning in the Western Pacific Region;
c. guides the implementation of programmes to strengthen WHO's use of strategic communication as a tool for achieving WHO's mission and mandate, including through ensuring effective dissemination of WHO technical information and public health messages;
d. assist units and country offices in preparing technically sound proposals, ensuring consistency with WHO policies and national priorities, and in producing quality, timely donor reports;
e. mobilizes expertise from all levels of the Organization (HQ, other regional offices and country offices) to strengthen WHO's work in communication and external relations in the Western Pacific Region;
f. other duties as required.
Essential: Advanced university degree (Master's degree level or above) in any field relevant to public health.
Essential: At least 10 years experience in public health at national and international level. Strong working knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and procedures, and experience of working at at least two levels of WHO.
Desirable: Experience in working in other UN organizations, donor agency, and/or for a Member State. Experience in representing organizations at senior level in international forum. Experience working for WHO at country level.
Demonstrated competence as a public health administrator, spanning a broad range of public health issues
Strong working knowledge of the policies and programmes of WHO and the UN
Outstanding communications, partnership and diplomatic skills
Proven skills in leading and managing large teams
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Promoting the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English.
Desirable: Basic knowledge of other 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 90,664 (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 3642 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:
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