External Relations/Resource Mobilization (EXR) Officer

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-30
Purpose of the Position
In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, the incumbent has front line responsibility for the development and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the respective country, in line with the corporate WHO mobilization strategy and WHE’s global external relations strategy. S/he will research existing and potential donors; draft proposals, donor briefings, reports and updates; ensure compliance with WHO and donor requirements; coordinate the overall and day-to-day activities to secure rapid and sustainable funding for the effective implementation of the emergency operations and ensure accurate, timely reporting. The incumbent will be deployed to emergency operations when required.
Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization)
Reporting to the WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) Lead, under the overall guidance of the Head, WHO Country Office, and working closely with counterparts at the respective Regional Office and HQ, the incumbent is responsible for developing a resource mobilization and grant management plan required to finance the emergency prevention, preparedness, recovery and response activities in the country. This will entail building and promoting strong partnerships with all relevant actors, including Member States, various donors at country, regional and global levels, the health cluster, other UN agencies, etc. in order to identify and create resource mobilization opportunities. The incumbent will establish partnerships with the technical leads overseeing the programme and the administrative staff to ensure the adequate use and reporting of the funds following donor requirements. As part of WHE’s global External Relations network, s/he and will work in close cooperation with the resource mobilization, planning, communication and advocacy officers at the three levels of the Organization to achieve common goals and thus contribute to the delivery of WHE global external relations strategy. The present position under WHE (which is a single programme across the Organization) may be relocated to another duty station, including at Regional or Country level, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.
Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):
  1. Develop a flexible and innovative resource mobilization strategy to ensure sustainable financing for the work of WHE at country level. In coordination with relevant technical officers, write donor briefing materials, funding proposals and other WHO and UN appeal documents; to be used as an advocacy and fundraising tools.
  2. Identify and partner with main humanitarian donors to the country (in consultation with HQ and Regional Office resource mobilization teams). Represent WHO at donor coordination meetings; proactively contribute to negotiations for rapid donor agreements.
  3. Research the interests and application requirements of the main donors and other sources of funding to the country, identifying trends as well as opportunities and risks and positioning WHE as appropriate, in consultation with HQ.
  4. Oversee the overall activities related to mobilization of resources, grants management, analysis of funding needs and gaps and the award management process at the country office level. Maintain project calendars and milestones; analyse information on project activities and monitor progress towards targets using various project management databases.
  5. Work closely with HQ and the relevant Regional Office focal points as required to ensure the development of strategic funding proposals, grants, donor agreements and other external relations activities. Provide technical expertise and resource mobilization guidance to the staff at the country office level.
  6. Support the management of multiple projects throughout the project life cycle: monitor implementation rates and reporting deadlines and ensure activities and expenditures are aligned with the terms and conditions set out in individual donor agreements; work closely with procurement, logistic, HR and technical staff to monitor the overall implementation of emergency projects.
  7. Liaise and build partnerships with local representatives of OCHA or other coordination agencies in the country to ensure that WHO participates in system-wide resource mobilization activities organized by OCHA and that it effectively engages with CERF and Country-Based Pooled Funds staff at country level to secure funding from those sources.
  8. In coordination with the Communication and Advocacy Officer, effectively utilize the communication products to inform donors about both Health Sector and WHO’s strategies and work to encourage them to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations and WHO’s strategic plans and proposals.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) Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model: https://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf?ua=1
  1. Teamwork;
  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences;
  3. Communication;
  4. Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  5. Ensuring the effective use of resources
Functional Knowledge and Skills Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position
  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills, negotiation skills.
  • Advanced ability to design, manage, analyze and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications and databases, web-based tools
  • High level of analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of programme management and functioning of WHO and the UN system is an asset.
Education Qualifications Essential Master’s level in Information Management, Public Health, or Epidemiology; Business or Public Administration, complemented by training in information management from an accredited/recognized institute. Desirable Specialization in information management systems. Specific training in humanitarian response or information management in emergencies.
Education Qualifications
Master’s level in Information Management, Public Health, or Epidemiology; Business or Public Administration, complemented by training in information management from an accredited/recognized institute.
Specialization in information management systems. Specific training in humanitarian response or information management in emergencies.
At least 7 years of related experience with proven international exposure in information management, monitoring, needs assessment, project management, data management and information dissemination in the public health sector or health development sector, part of which in emergency management or humanitarian context in leadership positions. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships.
Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Experience in developing countries.
Use of Language Skills Excellent knowledge of English . Working knowledge of another WHO official language would be an asset. Other Skills (e.g. IT)
  • Advanced use of MS Office, particularly spreadsheets, data visualization and analysis tools, and databases
  • Design and management of information systems
  • Familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Skill in use of one or more statistical analysis programmes (e.g., R, STATA, SAS, SPSS)ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • 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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: http://www.who.int/employment/en/. 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.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • In view of the current situation, Sana'a has been declared as a non-family duty station; i.e., dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station.
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line. For assessment of your application, please ensure that
    • your profile on Stellis is properly completed and updated;
    • all required details regarding your qualifications, education and training are provided;
    • all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.
    • Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.

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