The Office of the Regional Director (ORD) provides technical advice, analyses and monitors the progress of organizational initiatives to support the Regional Director in the efficient delivery of his/her mandate and in the provision of effective leadership and coordination of the work of WHO in the African Region. This includes partnerships and collaboration with member states, the UN system, the African Union, international organizations, Regional Economic Committees, development partners, bilateral and multilateral agencies, Civil Society, and other stakeholders. It is also responsible for coordinating the preparation of policy, technical and managerial briefs on relevant health matters to facilitate the decisions of the Regional Director and monitors compliance in the implementation of specific executive decisions and recommendations. The Office oversees the work of the Regional Office, WHO Country Offices in the AFRO region, and the work of the WHO Secretariat with the Member States, ensuring the coherence and synergies in actions of corporate services of Communications (COM), the Transformation Agenda Initiatives (TAI), and the External Relations, Partnerships and Governing Bodies (EPG).
The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:--> Lead and facilitate the development and implementation of the plan of work for the programmes/units under the Office of the Regional Director (ORD), promoting synergies, and coordinating and monitoring the achievement of resulting action points; --> Provide analytical, policy, managerial and strategic advice to the RD including through:o Monitoring and follow-up of the implementation of policy decisions of WHO Governing Bodies in collaboration with EPG;o review of monitoring results on the work of the Global Policy Group of WHO (GPG) impacting the strategic directions of WHO's work in the Region; o collaboration mechanisms with DPM, ARD and GMC to inform the RD's oversight of programmes and policy decisions; o developing proposals and actions responding to corporate management and operational issues of importance to the RD; --> Provide guidance to the RD on strengthening AFRO's regional positioning as a health leader through effective advocacy, communications, and partnerships strategies, in close coordination with EPG;--> Oversee the implementation of management mechanisms, including coordination and implementation of resulting decisions, processes and initiatives relevant to the Regional Director's work programme;--> Ensure the smooth and efficient coordination of the work of the Office of the Regional Director, including the RD's schedule of activities and the monitoring of the implementation of commitments and recommendations, including through the following:--> Coordinating and providing quality assurance of the content of briefs, speeches, reports, in and their timely submission for the RD's decision; --> Ensuring effective communication flow within the ORD, prioritizing, coordinating and optimizing the time of the RD;--> Ensuring that key decision-making activities, representational functions and major deliverables are planned and coordinated in a strategic manner;--> Coordinate with principal counterparts across other WHO Regional offices, statutory bodies and advisory groups for updated information;--> Mobilize organizational resources to ensure the efficient functioning of the Independent Advisory Group to the RD;--> In coordination with HRT, lead the recruitment & staffing of positions in the RDO. --> Provide leadership to and manage the staff under his/her responsibility; ensure their performance, continuous development and engagement, promoting a culture of working across clusters, and integrity in accordance with the Organization's policies, rules, procedures, and values;--> Establish work objectives for all personnel in ORD and conduct staff performance evaluations in accordance with established procedures and deadlines;--> Perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required.
Essential: Advanced degree in Public Health or International Relations.
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Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Essential: Proficient knowledge of English and/or French with good working knowledge of the other.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.
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