Programme Manager (Assistive Health Technology)

World Health Organisation(WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th March, 2015

Job Description

Description of duties:

The role of this position is to lead and develop the Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE) initiative for improving access to assistive health technology.

- Lead WHO's flagship programme Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE) and strengthen WHO's leadership in field of Assistive Health Technology,
- Develop and establish short/long term strategies for WHO's global initiative on Assistive Health Technology,
- Develop and establish evidence-based policies/norms and standards/guidelines/best practices to support the Member States,
- Manage and oversee the analysis and dissemination of programme information responding to gaps and needs required for the Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology GATE and other related public health topics,
- Provide expert authoritative advice to the Member States in the development and implementation of policy and programmes in the area of Assistive Health Technology
- Encourage innovation in developing high-quality affordable Assistive Health Products
- Provide technical advice and guidance on the research agenda and promote research initiatives related to Assistive Health Technology
- Negotiate with and build new partnerships with the UN family, academia, donors, non-government organizations external public health partners with Member States at the international and/or country level to enable the promotion of Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology,
- Manage a team of technical, programmatic and support staff,
- Oversee and mobilize resources to develop the GATE initiative.
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.


- Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in Public Health, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Rehabilitation Science, Assistive Technology or other related field.
- Desirable: Studies related to international development or partnerships.
- WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.


- Excellent knowledge, skills and experience in the field of assistive health technology and rehabilitation sciences.
- An ability to plan, organize, coordinate, implement and lead at global level,
- Good management, leadership, communications, public relations and interpersonal skills,
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and cultural environment,
- Ability to establish and maintain partnership at local and international levels,
- Experience in planning/organizing international meetings/global events,
- Knowledge in WHO procedures, system and organizational functioning.
- Excellent computer literacy, especially in Word processing programmes, Excel spread sheets, PowerPoint, statistical software, and Information and communication technology.

WHO competencies

- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
- Producing results
- Ensuring the effective use of resources
- Moving forward in a changing environment


- Essential: At least ten years of experience in planning, managing or developing assistive health technology programmes at the international level with proven experience of leading collaboration and negotiations with external agencies. At least 5 years of experience in providing technical and policy support to a number of developing countries.
- Desirable: Relevant experience in WHO, the United Nations or other international organizations. Good experience working in low- and middle-income countries.


- Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
- Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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