Technical Officer

Geneva | Geneva

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : Within WHO Programme Budget Category 5 'Preparedness, Surveillance and Response and under the programme area 'Alert and Response Capacities', the objectives of the Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response (GCR) are to support national IHR capacity assessment, development and maintenance as well as to ensure further development and maintenance of an effective international system that is able to continuously assess the global context of public health risks (global risk assessment) and is prepared to respond rapidly to unexpected, internationally spreading events and to contain specific public health threats. The objective of the office of the Director, Programme Management, Partnership, Advocacy and Communication is to support WHO's global mission by working in partnership with management and staff to fulfil the Organization's financial and evolving human resources, advocacy, information, IT development and operation, and by ensuring the appropriate level of fundraising, for the efficient delivery of its two technical units.The incumbent will support the External Relations Officer and the resource mobilization team in the departments of Global Capacities, Alert and Response (GCR), Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases (PED) and Food Safety (FOS) in particular, and the Outbreaks and Health Emergencies cluster (OHE) in general, in external relations, resource mobilization and fundraising-related activities, and in support of the Strategic Partnership Portal (SPP). The incumbent will provide support to the resource mobilization team in maintaining relationships with key donors such as Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), US Agency for INternational Development (USAID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the members of the Global Partnership, and with the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), by acting as the day-to-day focal point for donor portfolios as delegated by the External Relations Officer in GCR, and by producing advocacy documents, developing proposals, writing reports and providing quality assurance for written documents as needed. Description of duties: The technical officer will support the operation of external relations activities related to resource mobilization and partnerships. The technical officer will be responsible for: 1) Drafting, as necessary, advocacy documents, briefings, key messages, concept notes, project proposals, donor reports, and other information documents required to support the external relations and resource mobilization work of GCR, FOS and PED, and as required across the OHE cluster. 2) Ensuring, when requested, the quality control of any documents, including the consistency of templates used for creating proposals, and for donor reporting to make sure the output of documents beyond WHO is of the highest standard. 3) Supporting the Strategic Partnership Portal (SPP) by overseeing the consistency and quality of all information appearing on the portal pages. 4) Supporting external relations and resource mobilization activities by: a) Liaising with donors and partners to ensure that they are kept up-to-date with the latest WHO efforts and activities. b) Acting as the focal point for those donor portfolios delegated by the External Relations Officer (GCR), such as DTRA, USAID, Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), the World Bank, and the members of the Global Partnership and of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA); managing the day-to-day relationship with such portfolios, including supporting the development of proposals; managing the process of donor contributions in collaboration with the donor and other WHO offices; and managing the timely submissions of technical reports c) Serving as an reference point for other WHO Clusters and WHO Regional and Country Offices with regard to the delegated donors; d) Liaising with technical units at all levels of the Organization to stay informed about developing projects and funding needs, to receive regular information updates on the progress of grant implementation and activities relevant to donors, and to facilitate the development of proposals and technical reports for donors; e) Taking part in advocacy for strategic partnerships with multi-sectoral partners and donors for global health security. f) Performing other duties as required. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education:Essential:First-level university degree in journalism, communication, literature, public information, international relations or a related field is required.*For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220. 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually. Skills: Excellent organizational and analytical skills with the ability to coordinate activities and independently manage multiple projects concurrently. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the capacity to work with high-level stakeholders with discretion and tact in a politically sensitive environment. Demonstrated writing ability in the area of strategic communications and in preparing high-level donor reports with an eye to the impact of donor investments through WHO activities. High-level editorial abilities. Ability to identify donor communications opportunities and problems, and to articulate these to the External Relations Officer. Knowledge of or experience of working with the UN in general, and WHO in particular. Capacity to deliver outputs to a high standard. Capacity to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.WHO competencies:Communicating in a credible and effective wayProducing resultsEnsuring the effective use of resourcesBuilding and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyondRespecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Experience: Essential:A minimum of 5 years of working experience, of which at least 1 year at the international level in the fields of public information, communication, journalism, publishing, international relations or a related area. Experience in donor reporting and communication is required. Experience in editing and writing reports.Desirable:Experience in the UN system, WHO or governmental organization. Experience in donor relations or resource mobilization. Languages: Essential: Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French. Additional Information: WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WHO: (To learn more about WHO's operations ) Click on: Quick Links > Salary Scales > by date Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. This vacancy is published in English only. Post Adjustment: 84.9 % 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. This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level. A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures. All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. WHO is committed to workforce diversity. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. Currently accepting applications
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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
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  • Closing Date: 2016-04-26

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