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Unit Director for Africa and the Middle East – Country Programs Cluster / Grade 08
Basic annual net salary starting from 172,000 Swiss Frs. (CHF) The Global Fund is a foundation established under the laws of Switzerland enjoying certain privileges and immunities in Switzerland pursuant to a Headquarters Agreement concluded between the Swiss Federal Council and the Global Fund on 13 December 2004.
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Contract Type Two-year renewable contract
Director, Country Programs Cluster
Work Cluster / Unit
Country Programs Cluster / Africa and the Middle East Unit
Role Summary The Unit Director for Africa and the Middle East is an experienced manager who can work in a complex and rapidly changing institutional environment to support grant-management processes and systems, monitor signings and disbursements in a performance-based global financial institution, and assure consistency in the Cluster’s administrative system.
As part of a highly collaborative group of three Unit Directors, the Unit Director for Africa and the Middle East will guide the “Country Team Approach” – the basic organizational framework for working across units to provide recipients with grant-management supervision and support – across the Global Fund’s portfolio.
The Unit Director reports to the Country Programs Cluster Director responsible for providing overall leadership & strategic direction to the Global Fund’s country operations. The Unit Director has four direct reports: the Regional Team Leaders for the West & Central Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa & Indian Ocean and Middle East & North Africa Teams.
Key Responsibilities a. Administer an improved Grant Management process
- Develop and ensure effective implementation of grant-management processes, tools, and systems to improve the quality and speed of delivery (together with the two other Country Programs Unit Directors, and colleagues in other Clusters);
- Monitor signing and disbursements: speed, volume, and quality;
- Facilitate the application of the “Country Team Approach” across teams and portfolios.
b. Improve accountability
- Develop accountability framework for Team Leaders and teams, and provide leadership to Team Leaders/teams for their performance and delivery;
- Advise the Country Programs Cluster Director on operational and staffing changes required to best adapt the work of Regional Teams.
c. Improve consistency in the administrative systems used by teams
- Together with the two other Country Programs Unit Directors, ensure the development and enforcement of consistent grant-management standards across the organization;
- Ensure the identification, adaptation and effective application of best practices across teams.
d. Coordinate the Interface between Country Programs and other Clusters
- Proactively engage with other Clusters (in particular Finance, Strategy, Performance and Evaluation and External Relations and Partnerships) to ensure their participation in the “Country Team Approach” to achieve optimum results;
- Ensure that the Cluster is fully represented in corporate-level discussions, and coordinate weekly feedback from, and input into, these discussions.
Advanced university degree in a relevant field – notably economics, development finance, business administration, public health, or development.
In-depth experience of Global Fund processes, tools and deliverables, as they relate to grant-management;
Considerable management experience in an international development finance institution, with particular regard to performance based funding;
Substantial experience in leading culturally diverse and multi-disciplinary teams;
Solid experience in managing risk, including financial and legal;
Excellent communication skills.
15 years of professional experience, particularly in grant-making/program finance operations;
Experience in international development, including familiarity with global public health issues;
Understanding of the global health landscape;
Experience in program management in developing countries.
The Global Fund has a “core competency framework” setting out standard behaviors that are expected to all staff. Only the key competencies for this role are listed. The selected candidate would be expected to demonstrate adequate levels across all core competencies. Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English and French. Knowledge of Arabic and/or Portuguese a distinct advantage.
Proven track-record with grant-making mechanisms and processes, and program finance;
Demonstrated understanding of implementing environments;
Proven ability to make decisions in a fast-paced and evolving environment;
Track-record in strategic thinking and creative problem-solving.
Leadership & Management Competencies:
Sound decision making: ability to identify viable alternatives or options in planning and decision making whilst weighing up the risks for the organization;
Managing and improving performance;
Communicating effectively: using appropriate communication techniques effectively both verbally and in writing to communicate at all levels up to Board of Directors level;
Developing own and staff capability, encouraging diversity and fostering teamwork;
Ability to manage conflict and provide appropriate solutions;
Results-oriented: Ability to structure and prioritise individuals’ and the Unit’s objectives against organizational goals; and
Solution oriented analysis: Ability to create business relevant, appropriate and creative solutions.
The Global Fund
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a global public/private partnership dedicated to raising and disbursing large amounts of additional finance to prevent and treat the three pandemics. The Global Fund has so far committed more than US$19 billion to over 880 programs in 144 countries.
The vacancy is in the Secretariat of the Global Fund. The Secretariat manages the grant portfolio, including executing Board policies, disbursing money to grant recipients and implementing performance-based funding of grants. The Secretariat is also tasked with resource mobilization; providing strategic, policy, financial, legal and administrative support and overseeing monitoring and evaluation. It is based in Geneva and has no staff located outside its headquarters.
The Global Fund is looking for staff with a strong commitment to health and development, an open mind-set, entrepreneurial and flexible attitudes as well as strong interpersonal skills.
The Global Fund is committed to using fair, objective and positive employment practices to promote equal opportunities and diversity in employment, ensuring all employees and potential employees are treated fairly, consistently and with respect, before, during and after, their employment. We seek to create an environment that is representative of, and responsive to, different groups. Thank you for your interest in working for the Global Fund.
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