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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/HTM/TA3
Title: External Relations Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 10 January 2013
Application Deadline: 28 January 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New York, United States of America
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/RBM Roll Back Malaria Partnership Secretariat (HQ/RBM)
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) is the global initiative for mobilizing action and resources, and for forging consensus and coordinating efforts in the worldwide fight against malaria.
In September 2008, RBM launched its comprehensive Global Malaria Action Plan, setting out the steps needed to accelerate movement towards and achieve the Partnership's ambitious 2010 and 2015 targets for malaria control and elimination, and linking these phases to longer term efforts to eventually eradicate malaria. RBM's strength lies in its ability to form effective partnerships at global, regional and country levels, with a focus on areas where harmonization and combined effort will provide added value to the quality and impact of the interventions. The many partners work together to scale up national malaria control efforts, coordinating their activities to avoid duplication and fragmentation, and to ensure optimal use of resources.WHO hosts the RBM Secretariat in Geneva. The Secretariat's activities are conducted in accordance with WHO regulations, rules, policies and practices.
The RBM New York Office is part of the Office of the RBM Executive Director.
The position is in the RBM Partnership External Relations team, under the direct supervision of the External Relations Manager.
The incumbent, who will be based in the RBM Partnership Secretariat office in New York, will assist the External Relations Manager to strengthen relations with RBM partners, UN agencies and missions and member states to increase political commitment to malaria and support the mobilization of additional financial resources. The incumbent will interact with other Secretariat staff, in particular the communications and advocacy team and finance; administration team; the working Groups; sub-regional networks (SRN) focal points, as well as the Partnership constituencies.
Description of duties:
To support and advise the RBM External Relations Manager in his liaising work with the Missions to the UN based in New York, UN agencies, the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, country officials, the private sector, NGOs, colleagues, media and other partners by:
1. Coordinating the organization of high-level advocacy missions to raise the profile of malaria on the international agenda and mobilize political and financial will, including missions with Goodwill Ambassadors, Executive Director, External Relations Manager, partners and others;
2. Media relations, including development and implementation of media and communications strategies surrounding key opportunities, preparation and distribution of materials and direct communication with members of the media, including proactive media outreach where appropriate;
3. Liaising with external partners, including NGOs, foundations, UN missions, UN agencies and the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General;
4. Contributing the development, organization and execution of activities for advocacy, fundraising and external relations;
5. Organizing national and international events to raise the profile of malaria, including RBM presence at conferences and meetings, speaking engagements, high-level advocacy missions and field visits with high-profile RBM supporters and/or members of the press;
6. Researching, preparing and drafting reports, strategies, press releases, letters, editorial pieces, speaking points and speeches, and other documents as needed or requested by the External Relations Manager;
7. Liaising with other Secretariat departments as necessary to ensure coordinated efforts to raise the profile of malaria on the international agenda;
8. Collecting and collating appropriate information and relevant contributions;
9. Following up on administrative and content/substantive issues for both the RBM NY Office and the office of the Executive Director.
For the purpose of his/her work, the candidate may need to travel, both in the US and abroad.
University degree in communications, public relations, international relations or public health.
For WHO staff, please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220

Training in journalism, media studies, communications for development, or public health.
Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills with the ability to understand complex technical
Able to bring attention to details.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work with short deadlines and under pressure.
Tact and judgement.
Good interpersonal, diplomatic and negotiating skills: ability to establish and maintain effective
working relationship in a collaborative environment.

Other Skills:
Fully conversant with MS Office suite of programmes (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint).

WHO competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Fostering integration and teamwork
Minimum of 5 years of experience working in the medical, public health field or in advocacy, external relations and communications for an international organization or company working in the medical, humanitarian or health sector. Experience will have included: organizing high-level international events and field visits to developing countries; media relations, including development and implementation of communications and media strategies around global health issues; strategic partnerships, including coordination with partners from various sectors to advance progress against global health challenges.

Experience working in a developing country in the medical/health/humanitarian sector or in External Relations/Advocacy is an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English required and working Knowledge of an official UN language desirable.
Additional Information:
As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support RBM, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside RBM either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 65.5 % 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.

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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.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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