Project Manager (Pandemic Fund) – World Health Organization Vacancy Announcement


Project Manager (Pandemic Fund) – World Health Organization Vacancy Announcement, February 17 2024



Organization: World Health Organization

Position: Project Manager (Pandemic Fund)

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Full Time

Date of Announcement: February 15, 2024

Deadline: March 7, 2024






Job description


Grade: NO-D

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months

Job Posting: Feb 15, 2024, 12:04:57 PM

Closing Date: Mar 7, 2024, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location: Ethiopia-Addis Ababa

Organization: AF_ETH Ethiopia

Schedule: Full-time


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Background and Justification


Within the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme at the country level, the purpose of the position is to provide project management support in the implementation of the  Ethio-Pandemic Multi-Sectoral Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (EPPR) initiative funded by the Pandemic Fund. The incumbent will oversee the implementation of project’s technical and operational plans. His/Her responsibilities include managing the project, planning project activities, coordinating financial resource allocation, and providing project management support to ensure effective delivery of expected results.

Job Description

Objective of the Programme and of the immediate strategic Objective

The mission of WHO’s  Emergency Preparedness and Response Programme (The Programme), is to support countries to coordinate  action, prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. The EPPR project in Ethiopia is a significant initiative aimed at reinforcing the country’s capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies, including pandemics. WHO will manage the EPPR funding in collaboration with other partners as implementing entities.

Organizational Context

The successful candidate will join the Emergency, Preparedness and Response (EPR) team and will report to the EPR Team Lead. S/he will work closely with colleagues at the Country Office, Regional Office, and HQ, and under the guidance of the EPR Team lead and WR. As the EPPR project manager, s/he will have front-line responsibility for managing the Pandemic project and funds. This includes collaborating with stakeholders, such as the Federal Ministry of Health, UN agencies, NGOs, WHO Teams, field offices, and health cluster partners. Ongoing communication and collaboration with these stakeholders will be essential to the success of the project.

Summary of Assigned Duties

During the assignment,  the assigned duties below may be modified based on the technical needs of the program.

1.    Provide operational leadership and technical guidance to the overall programme management, grants management, budget, work planning, including development, day-to-day operation, monitoring and evaluation of workplans to ensure effective execution of outbreaks and health emergencies programmes.

2.    Maintain efficient collaboration, coordination and effective communication with the project team and technical leads within the organization and with external stakeholders in development, implementation, and monitoring of technical, operational and project workplans throughout the full cycle of the project (grant) management

3.    Develop and implement a project implementation work plan. The incumbent will ensure the project proceeds according to plan, timetable/deliverables, and milestones and that all activities are delivered to an excellent standard and according to the donor requirements.

4.    Ensure timely and optimal use of designated funds to achieve results as per defined indicators underpinning compliance with project management principles and donor requirements.

5.    Produce narrative technical and financial reports. The incumbent will also be responsible for providing any information requested by partners or internal/external stakeholders in the framework of the EPPR initiative.

6.    Liaise with Resource Mobilization team to secure rapid funding for immediate needs for the initiatives and project; with sustainable, predictable financing for programme activities

7.    Coordinate the analysis, consolidation, and dissemination of information on program management. Contribute to the preparation of monitoring and progress reports, briefings, proposals, reports, communications, and advocacy documents required for strategic decision-making, including timely and quality donor reporting.

8.    Attend various project management meetings and represent the specific projects, coordinate relevant activities, and ensure predictable follow-up on agreed action points with relevant partners and stakeholders.

9.    Perform any other related duties as required by the team and as demanded on the Pandemic fund.

Recruitment Profile Competencies: Generic Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required (See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.)

·         Ensure the effective use of resources

·         Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

·         Teamwork

·         Moving forward in a changing environment

·         Producing results

·         Communication

Functional Knowledge and Skills *Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position

·       Proven knowledge of project management, budgetary, and financial management practices and the ability to develop improved systems that support these processes.

·         Strong organizational and analytical skills and ability to analyze and synthesize information from multiple sources.

·         Excellent knowledge and expertise in project design, monitoring, and evaluation.

·         Ability to foster teamwork and to establish and maintain effective working relationships at all levels

·         Strong professional skills in writing and development of reports and persuasive documents

·         Demonstrated strong management advocacy and communication skills

·         Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities.

·         Interpersonal skills, diplomacy, tact and discretion, sound judgment and initiative

·         Demonstrated ability to work within a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team(s).


Job requirements


Education Qualifications

·    Essential: Advanced University degree (at master’s degree Level) in any of the following disciplines: Medicine, Public Health, management, economics, social development, social sciences, or related fields from a recognized/accredited institute.

·         Desirable: Post graduate degree or formal training in public health and/or project management.


·         Essential:

o   A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in project management with experience in planning, grant management, budgeting, financial management, and/or related field, including a sound understanding of resource mobilization.

o   Experience in managing public health or health emergency projects is considered a value-added.

·         Desirable:

o   Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies, Health Cluster Partners, recognized Humanitarian Organizations, or relevant nongovernmental or international organizations with exposure to public health/implementation of donor-funded projects/programs.

o   Previous experience in managing multi-stakeholders or Joint Programs is considered a plus.

 Other skills (e.g IT)

Strong computer skills in MS Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Use of Language skills

Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset.



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