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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/FT378
Title: External Relations Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 10 September 2013
Application Deadline: 2 October 2013 Vacancy Notice Status in Review
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/FWA FWC ADGO Office of the Assistant DG (HQ/FWA)
The Family, Women's and Children's Health (FWC) Cluster addresses the health needs of
populations at all stages of life "from pregnancy, birth, childhood, adolescence, through adulthood to older age". The Cluster works with countries and other partners to achieve the following goals: - Ensure that women at all ages enjoy the best possible health and that women and men attain the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health; - Reduce newborn mortality and promote the health of children and adolescents through protection, prevention and treatment of major causes of disease and death; - Foster the health and social engagement of older people through health promotion, primary, long-term and palliative health care and the creation of supportive environments. At the same time, the Cluster strives to develop a deeper understanding of how interventions in childhood, through adolescence, during the reproductive years and beyond, affect health later in life and across the generations. The rationale for a population-based life-course focus reflects: - the importance of taking an integrated approach to key health issues facing populations; - the fact that lifestyles and living conditions have an impact on health throughout the life-course. The Cluster contributes to WHO's strategic directions through research and development; generation and dissemination of evidence-based norms and standards; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; advocacy and technical support; and strengthening partnerships.
Description of duties:
Partner relations:
- Provides advice to, and supports the Assistant Director-General (ADG) in managing the cluster's external relationships with stakeholders, partners and donors and follows through on ADG's external relations initiatives. - Represents, when appropriate, and supports WHO's participation to alliances and partnerships in the field of Women's and Children's Health, i.e. Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Department of Reproductive Health and Research (HRP), Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). - Enhances existing donor and partner relationships through intelligence gathering, correspondence, provision of appropriate information and documentation, communicating effectively on WHO's activities, objectives and needs. - Prepares policy and analytical briefs on strategic issues; supports the ADG on preparation of missions, correspondence, presentations, etc for meetings and communication with external partners, stakeholders and donors. - Works with WHO colleagues to ensure coordinated participation in various strategy and communications groups, raising awareness of WHO's work and contribution towards joint initiatives and partnerships, such as the H4+, the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. - Develops and promotes harmonized cluster approaches to donors and key stakeholders and coordinates these approaches internally. - Working with the relevant technical officers, identifies opportunities and leads on the development of major funding proposals. - Acts as focal point for bilateral meetings and other high-level consultative meetings that require cluster and ADG-level response.
Advocacy & Communications:
- Leads the development and implementation of an innovative, integrated and coordinated advocacy and communications approach to WHO's work led by the departments in the FWC cluster. - Acts as focal point for the cluster between departments and the central department of communications to promote coordinated messaging, linkages between the complementarity of work between different departments to enhance internal and external communications. - Acts as the WHO focal point for the cluster's advocacy in relevant events and activities, with the aim of increasing the visibility of WHO's contribution to joint partner initiatives. - Represents WHO in meetings with partners as appropriate and communicates strategically around plans, work, objectives and needs related to WHO's work. - Identifies the need for, and manages the process of development of advocacy and communications materials, materials for campaigns and events to promote WHO strategies in the relevant areas of WHO work. - Designs and develops written materials, presentations and other products for events, meetings with donors and communication with other key stakeholders. - Contributes strategically to various activities (high-level meetings, commissions, conferences), promoting the Organization, and enhancing WHO's visibility and presence. - Performs other duties as required.
* Essential
Master's degree or equivalent academic qualification in business administration, communication or journalism, international or public relations or another related area.
Further complementary post-graduate qualifications in any of the above fields, notably public relations, marketing or finance.
Excellent knowledge of international development issues particularly in the
area of women's and children's health. Ability to lead the development and implementation of
strategies and approaches for partnerships. Demonstrated ability to build relationship with partners; Strong communication skills and ability to motivate various stakeholders for common cause. Strong analytical skills combined with good judgement.
*1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
*2. Producing results
*3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
* Essential
At least ten years' experience in international relations, communications, journalism or public relations, and experience in management and administration. Experience working with official development agencies. Demonstrated experience in development and execution of successful advocacy strategies, resulting in concrete results. Knowledge and experience with public-private partnership functioning and WHO's contributions to those especially in the field of women's and children's health.

At least five years' experience in the above areas within WHO.
Expert knowledge of English and French.
Additional Information:
The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80 734 at single rate
US$86 904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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

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