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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WRO/VN/2013/2
Title: National Professional Officer (Partnerships, Resource Mobilization and External Relations)
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two Years
Date: 16 May 2013
Application Deadline: 12 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New Delhi, India
Organization unit: SEARO Countries (SE_ACO) /
SE_IND WR Office, India (SE_IND)
WHO Representative to India, New Delhi, India.
Economic and social development has substantially changed India's landscape in terms of development cooperation and partnerships. Affirming its liberalizing economic policy, the Government of India reviewed the policy of development cooperation in 2004-2005 and decided to let international development partners concentrate on providing state-of-the-art evidence, methodological inspiration and high-level support in decision-making; technical assistance programmes aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of Indian nationals. A large number of partners contribute to the varied landscape of stakeholders of the health system in India.

In this context, the objectives aim at strengthening the WCO dialogue and cooperation with its key partners and relevant stakeholders (international and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations, private sector philanthropies, think tanks, etc).

Underlying Values and Core Functions of WHO

All the Member States of WHO in the South East Asia Region (SEAR) share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The seven point global health agenda contained in WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work (2006-2015) includes: (i) investing in health to reduce poverty; (ii) building individual and global health security; (iii) promoting universal coverage, gender equality and health related human rights; (iv) tackling determinants of health; (v) strengthening health systems and equitable access; (vi) harnessing knowledge, science and technology; and (vii) strengthening governance, leadership and accountability.

WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO - SEAR is made up of 11 countries, with over 1.8 billion people, including India's population of 1.2 billion. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both the aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate.

Mission of the WHO Country Office for India
Within the framework of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy the mission of the WHO Country Office is to support India in: (i) developing and sustaining its own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.
Purpose of the Position:

Contribute to implementation of WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India by providing support to the development of the WCO-India external relations, promote partnerships and facilitate resource mobilization. Lead and coordinate the collaboration with other United Nations agencies. Guide, facilitate and monitor WCO-India resource mobilization efforts and help WCO-India develop and administer strategic partnership agreements.
Description of duties:
Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to India and the direct supervision of Coordinator, Health Programmes, with a view to help achieve the expected results set out in the relevant WCO-India biennial workplans in accordance with WHO's Country Cooperation Strategy with India (2012-2017), the incumbent will have the following responsibilities to :

1. Compile and analyze information on key partners and health related stakeholders (international and bilateral development agencies, civil society organisations, private sector philanthropies, think tanks, etc) and other United Nations agencies and on their respective activities relevant to health. On this basis, identify strategic partners and opportunities for partnerships. .

2. In light of the assessment of the external context and recent experience, reflect on the way partnerships and resource mobilization are to be approached at WCO-India identify strategic options and guide the periodic definition of a WCO partnership and resource mobilization strategy.

3. Advice the WCO-India on relations with relevant partners and stakeholders and assist them in the fostering of relations with multilateral and bilateral agencies, the private sector and the civil society. Represent WCO as needed in partners coordination meetings and advise on actions to be taken to improve the dialogue and cooperation with key partners Guide the WCO-India resource mobilization efforts, notably in contributing to the preparation of the office wide resource mobilization plan with a view to ensure adequate and predictable income.

4. Help identify new opportunities for partnerships and facilitate the preparation, implementation and monitoring of partnership agreements; Assist management in coordinating the work related to the development and management of strategic partnerships; Provide coordination, drafting support and technical input for WCO-India resource mobilization proposals, events, and other work including dissemination/ sharing of its experience in relevant national and international contexts. Help WCO teams and staffs monitor/evaluate these partnership agreements, draw lessons from experience and take necessary action.

5. Contribute to the drawing and dissemination of lessons learned from experience with partnerships.

6. Support WR-India in maintaining good relations with other members of the UN and multilateral agencies and coordinate the WCO-India in relation with the UNCT and UNDAF.

7. Provide partnership-related inputs to health systems strengthening initiatives (such as National Rural Health Mission and others) in relevant national and international contexts, as well as in the dissemination/sharing of the experience;

8. Contribute to building partnerships and serve as WCO-India coordination focal point in emergency response and operations. Undertake approved initiatives on behalf of WR-India in the area of emergency response;

9. Support information brokering/exchange function of WCO India through contributions to the health information repository at the WCO India by collation, analysis and sharing of relevant health information and statistics.

10. Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by WR.
Degree in Health or Social Sciences, Management or Economics from a recognized University.

Postgraduate degree (Master or PhD) in any of the above or a combination of training and experience.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:

1. The incumbent should identify with the core values of the World Health Organization.
2. Thorough knowledge of the situation of India with good understanding of country's needs and priorities, of issues and policies, of regulatory systems, of main stakeholders and actors involved. Very good knowledge of WHO policies, programmes and guidelines in the related areas.
3. Good knowledge of the administrative functioning of government institutions and related departments/agencies, and of the other partners in India.
Sound technical and policy advisory skills in the health systems area, based on evidence.
4. Leadership skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with government and colleagues in a team setting at national and international levels, to share information and data and make oral and written presentations on technical issues. Very good ability to build and maintain relations and network with national authorities and other stakeholders across relevant sectors. Understanding of the potential motivating factors within national context and ability to adjust to new approaches in an increasingly complex environment.
5. Proven negotiation, managerial (design and operation of modern management information systems, team management, planning and evaluation, etc), leadership and resource mobilization skills; Capacity to prepare terms of reference and to prepare and monitor and manage the implementation of contractual agreements. Capacity to convey information and options in a structured and credible way; ability to speak and write clearly. Proficiency in computer applications and ability to draft reports. Ability to promote innovative approaches to maximize the effectiveness of WHO's impact on strengthening health systems in India through partnerships building.
6. Knowledge of WHO /UN agencies programmes and practices will be an advantage.


1. Producing results
2. Fostering integration and teamwork
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Building and Promoting Partnerships across the
5. Communicating in a credible and effective way

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Computer and IT skills.
1. At least five years of experience at national and/or international level in health systems planning, evaluation and strategic analyses.
2. Track record in positions that require strong technical and evidence generation skills within multi-sectoral environment and in multi-disciplinary tasks.

Working experience within the World Health Organization or other UN agencies. Work in the field of strategic planning, evaluation and strategic analyses.
Proficiency in English and Hindi.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
INR 25,59,470/- at single rate

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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