Program Management & Partnership Specialist

WHO, Washington D.C., United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st October, 2020

Job Description


This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

The Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health Department (CDE) promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed toward the surveillance, prevention, control, elimination and/or reduction of communicable diseases, zoonoses and environmental threats to health that are technically sound and appropriate for the political and sociocultural context in which they are implemented. It strives to achieve a sustainable impact on health by providing normative guidance, furthering the implementation of evidence-based interventions, fostering alliances that strengthen country capacity, improving the effectiveness of inter-country collaboration, and facilitating policy and decision-making processes.


Under the general guidance of the Directors, Planning and Budget (PBU), and External Relations, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships (ERP), and the direct supervision of the Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health (CDE/CE), the incumbent is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to the CDE/CE Unit for the management of regular and extra-budgetary funds, including resource coordination, performance monitoring and assessment, and use of evaluation tools as well as design, negotiation and implementation of technical cooperation projects;
  • Provide technical support in the overall program management functions, including management of guidance and tools to develop the biennial work plan (BWP);
  • Review technical project proposals and agreements ensuring that these are aligned with the Organization’s program of work and priorities;
  • Engage in corporate efforts for strategic and operational planning, programming, budgeting and resource coordination and mobilization to enable the entity’s technical cooperation;
  • Participate actively in the Program Management and Partnership Specialist Network (PMN) led by PBU; and in the Resources Mobilization Network (RMN) led by ERP;
  • Support the Unit Chief, Project Coordinators, and the Unit personnel in the design, negotiation and implementation of technical cooperation projects, including resource coordination, performance monitoring and assessment, and use of evaluation tools to support the sound management of regular and extra-budgetary funds; provide strategic support and inputs to develop new program initiatives to support the program of work;
  • Ensure that projects managed by the Unit are executed according to action plans and within established dates; ensure timely submission of financial and progress reports in accordance with donor agreements;
  • Support the programmatic impact and ensure a high level of quality, accuracy of methods used to verify progress and the results;
  • Review and analyze progress on technical matters, elaboration and implementation of inter-programmatic and inter-sectoral activities in the context of the PMN and the RMN;
  • Provide strategic support to develop and strengthen partnerships to synchronize and harmonize development initiatives with governments, development partners, private sector and civil society organizations within the context of the RMN;
  • Maintain effective partnerships with all project stakeholders to exchange critical and technical information and resolve program/project implementation issues to ensure results are achieved as planned;
  • Provide support to technical staff in the team in program management issues including the coordination of the Unit’s work plan in PMIS, specifically with issues related to the results-based management framework;
  • Oversee the process for implementation of Letters of Agreement (LOAs) of the Unit;
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Unit’s Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the Semester Work plans (PTS); ensure that the responsible project coordinators provide required planning data and information to adequately assess and report on implementation of projects’ expected results, products/services, milestones achievement, etc.;
  • Support the Unit Chief in leading the coordination of the performance monitoring and assessment of the Project’s BWP and the PTS, including the preparation of reports, advising on setting realistic targets and milestones and ensuring up-to-date information to monitor progress on BWP and PTS implementation;
  • Assist in the review and analysis of issues and trends relating to the Project’s technical matters in which he/she can add value. Support the preparation of various written outputs, e.g., draft background papers, analyses, sections of reports and studies and other inputs to technical publications. Provide assistance for the preparation of technical documents for Governing Body meetings;
  • Assist in technical activities related to information and knowledge management (web sites and presentations) in support of the Project program of work;
  • Support the Unit Chief in the analysis of the staffing needs of the Team, particularly with respect to the competencies needed to execute the program of work. Provide input in this regard to the technical staff and Administrative Officer for the preparation and periodic review of the Human Resources (HR) Plan;
  • Work in close coordination and interaction with the Department’s Administrative Team;
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.



  • Essential: A bachelor’s degree in a health or social science from a recognized university.
  • 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).


  • Essential: Five years of combined national and international experience in the fields of health planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation, including experience in strategy formulation and strategic resource allocation.


  • Very good knowledge of Spanish or English with a working knowledge of the other language.  Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.


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