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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/13/FT217
Title: National Professional Officer (Protocol and External Relations) - Position no. 346353
Grade: NO-C
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years (post of limited duration)
Date: 26 May 2013
Application Deadline: 16 June 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Cairo, Egypt
Organization unit: EMRO Eastern Mediterranian Regional Office (EM/RGO) /
EM/RDO Office of The Regional Director (EM/RDO)
External Relations and Communications (ERC)
Through effective communications, partnerships and fundraising, to promote WHO's image and profile and mobilize adequate volumes of funds and resources to sustain the organization's ability to deliver its technical mandate to Member States in the Region.

Purpose of the Post:
To maintain protocol coverage and develop external relations through regular interaction with existing and potential donors at regional and country level.
Description of duties:
Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Manager, External Relations and Communications, the incumbent will develop proactive fundraising strategies which include the preparation of regular donor updates and proposals to seek funding for all WHO country programmes.

Summary of Assigned Duties:
1. Design, coordinate and implement protocol coverage for high-level missions and meetings for the Regional Office and Regional Director and to ensure that necessary arrangements are in place.

2. Maintain direct contact with external partners for successful organization and preparation of high-level meetings and official social events and ceremonies hosted by the Regional Office.

3. Establish and maintain a comprehensive network for protocol and external relations purposes.

4. Maintain direct contacts with existing and potential donors with the aim of securing the existing donor base and to expand it further.

5. Support Country Offices in maintaining protocol coverage and developing external relations with host governments and with existing and potential donors and other partners.

6. In close cooperation with other staff of the external relations and communications unit and technical units, to strengthen and expand channels for communication and external relations with potential donors at regional and country level.

7. Develop new initiatives including the use of social media for protocol and external relations for creation of sustainable partnerships.

8. Keep senior management informed of needs and requirements for improved protocol and external relations.
Essential: University degree in Communications, or Public Relations, Social Sciences or International Relations.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way.
2. Producing results.
3. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
4. Fostering integration and teamwork.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Ability to work independently adapting initiative, tact and discretion.
- Ability to think creatively and in a proactive manner.
- Sound knowledge of external relations and policy analysis.
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work with short deadlines and under pressure.
- Ability to establish relationships with donors and external partners.
- Proven capacity to analyze data and synthesize reports.

Other Skills:
Proficiency in MS Office.
Essential: At least 5 years of relevant experience working in the area of advocacy, external relations and communications.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of other WHO working language is an asset.
Additional Information:

Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.

Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.

A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.

Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
EGP 300,811 at single rate

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

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.

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