World Health Organization (WHO)

Senior Advisor (Evaluation)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

  This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) The Planning, Budget and Evaluation (PBE) Department is in charge of PAHO’s strategic planning, budget management, performance assessment and evaluation. PBE leads the development of the Organization’s six-year Strategic Plan (SP) and biennial Program and Budget (PB), and implementation of PAHO’s evaluation policy. It leads the operational planning process, including the elaboration of organizational entities’ Biennial Work Plans (BWP), and the Performance Monitoring and Assessment (PMA) process to measure progress towards the goals, objectives and results in the Strategic Plan and Program and Budget, within a framework of Results-based Management (RBM). PBE also allocates resources to programs and monitors implementation throughout each biennium. The Planning, Budget and Evaluation Department reports regularly to PAHO’s Executive Management and Governing Bodies and to WHO for the Region of the Americas, on planning, budget, performance and evaluation matters, and coordinates the assignment and use of resources within the PAHO Secretariat.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES Under the general supervision of the Director" id="link" class="link">Deputy Director (DD) and the direct supervision of the Director, Planning, Budget and Evaluation (PBE), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
  1. Provide strategic, policy and operational advice and lead the process for the implementation of the Organization’s Evaluation functions; develop mechanisms to include the active participation of relevant entities of the Organization; ensure all evaluation-related products in PAHO are of excellent quality, and contribute to corporate accountability, evidence-based policymaking, organizational learning and performance improvement of technical cooperation;
  2. Develop the PAHO Evaluation Policy; conduct periodic reviews and update document as necessary;
  3. Develop and lead the implementation of the PAHO Evaluation Work Plan covering two years on a rolling basis, to be approved by PAHO’s Executive Management (EXM) every six months;
  4. Provide strategic advice and inform the PAHO Director on evaluation-related issues of organization-wide importance;
  5. Liaise with WHO’s Evaluation Office and provide support for all Type I (WHO Corporate) evaluations in which PAHO will participate;
  6. Manage all external contracts for Type II (PAHO corporate thematic, programmatic and organizational) evaluations, including issuance of bid solicitations, development of contracts, and verification of satisfactory submission of evaluation reports;
  7. Review all evaluation reports for compliance with the requirements of PAHO’s Evaluation Policy;
  8. Ensure the explicit link between evaluation findings and corporate planning and reporting;
  9. Report to the Director and EXM on all evaluation activities in the Organization through the Annual Evaluation Report;
  10. Report to PAHO’s Governing Bodies on PAHO’s evaluation function as part of the End of Biennium Assessment Reports;
  11. Maintain an online inventory of all evaluations performed in PAHO;
  12. Develop and maintain a system to track and follow up on management responses to evaluations;
  13. Prepare and provide guidance material and advice for the preparation, conduct and follow-up of evaluations;
  14. Develop/improve and maintain information resources and capacity-building activities in evaluation for PAHO staff, including the Coordination with evaluation focal points in PAHO entities;
  15. Participate in and contribute to the UN Evaluation Group;
  16. Provide leadership, guidance and monitoring of supervised staff by setting clear work objectives, ensuring timely and effective use of performance reviews and feedback mechanisms, engaging in regular communications, and solving interpersonal or technical conflicts; establish and support a learning environment, to include staff development in the Organization’s fundamentals, managerial competencies and technical expertise;
  17. Perform other duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Essential: A bachelor’s and a master’s degree in one of the social sciences, business or public Administration, a scientific field, public health or medicine, or in any area related to the functions of the post, from a recognized university.

Desirable: Specialized training or a degree in Evaluation would be an asset.

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: PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, to support the validation process.

Experience: Essential: Thirteen years of combined national and international progressively responsible professional experience in the field of evaluation, Program Management, performance monitoring and assessment, audit, or internal oversight, including supervisory experience.

Desirable: Experience performing evaluations in a multilateral institution. Experience working in a development setting.

SKILLS: PAHO Competencies:
  • Overall attitude at work: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior; is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Relates well to diversity in others and capitalizes on such diversity - Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well to people with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and/or positions; examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considers issues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.
  • Teamwork: Advocates for collaboration across the Organization - Creates and encourages a climate of team- working and collaboration across the Organization; sees cooperation as a key Organizational priority and creates collaborative systems and processes to achieve Organizational goals. Actively identifies and tackles disagreements between internal and external counterparts that compromise the Organization’s goals and mandate; diplomatically facilitates the resolution of conflicts between others and ensures strategic partnerships with a range of key stakeholders; maintains and extends an effective collaborative network of individuals inside and outside the Organization.
  • Communication: Express oneself clearly when speaking/Share knowledge - Articulates the Organization’s strategic objectives when formulating and delivering information and presentations and adapts presentation methodology to address the needs of different audiences. Shares decisions and directives of senior management and communicates them in a manner that ensures both understanding and acceptance; shares knowledge and best practice at the three Organizational levels (country, regional and global), as necessary.
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment: Provide direction/Support, motivate and empower others - Oversees and provides teams and departments with clear managerial directions which are translated from Organizational strategy. Builds a performance culture in the Organization; contributes to setting Organizational performance goals and standards; monitors Organizational performance against milestones and strategic goals; identifies and nurtures talent as appropriate. Promotes autonomy and empowerment throughout the Organization; inspires enthusiasm and a positive attitude in people towards their work and contribution to the Organization’s success.
  • Ensuring effective use of resources: Strategize and set clear objectives/Monitor progress and use resources well - Sets specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives for own team and/or the Organization; systematically analyses and anticipates priority projects for own team and allocates necessary resources to achieve them; identifies the cross-Organizational resources needed for large- scale projects in line with key Organizational objectives. Anticipates foreseeable changes and adapts own and team’s projects in the face of unforeseen circumstances and/ or challenges; creates measures and criteria to monitor progress of overall projects against key Organizational objectives; creates cost-effective solutions for the Organization.
  • Driving the Organization to a successful future: Constructive leadership style/ Set the vision and build commitment - Leads and develops a road map for successfully achieving real progress in the Organization’s mandate, including consultation with key stakeholders; demonstrates respectful, trustworthy, transparent and accountable behavior in order to develop a reliable and coherent identity for the Organization. Creates a coherent Organizational vision of shared and successful goals; fosters a culture of vision and long- term goals, recognizing and rewarding efforts to maximize the Organization’s value.
Technical Expertise:
  • Expert theoretical and practical knowledge of corporate evaluation methodologies, planning, monitoring and reporting in the health or social sector, and disciplines related to results-based management, policy Analysis and planning.
  • Thorough theoretical and practical knowledge of evaluation best practices in a multilateral environment, including institutional analysis and reporting.
  • Broad knowledge and application of the principles for the development of Information Systems and communication platforms in support of corporate evaluation.
  • Ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while producing results.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, tact and ability to effectively communicate with personnel at all levels and from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Strong writing and oral skills, including the development of reports and presentations for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.
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.

IT Skills: Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook are essential. Knowledge of information systems and virtual platforms related to planning, monitoring, reporting and follow-up on corporate evaluations would be an asset.

REMUNERATION Annual Salary: (Net of taxes) $89,837.00 post adjustment Post Adjustment: 49.6% of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual.

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PAHO/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

PAHO/WHO 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 profile 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 organization purposes.

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