EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER (HQ/13/PEC/FT437)

28 August 2016
 
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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/PEC/FT437
 
Title: External Relations Officer
 
Grade: P4
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year
 
Date: 17 October 2013
 
Application Deadline: 7 November 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
 
Organization unit: HQ/PEC Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (HQ/PEC) /
HQ/ERM Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response (HQ/ERM)
HQ/ERX ERM Resource Mobilization and External Relations
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
The External Relations and Resource Mobilization unit in the Department of Emergency Risk Management (ERM) of the Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration (PEC) Cluster is responsible for: 1) securing funding for WHO's work in emergency risk management and response; 2) optimizing inter-agency humanitarian planning and funding mechanisms to position health (generally) and WHO (specifically) as central to effective emergency risk management and response; 3) providing resource mobilization for surge capacity to regional and country offices; 4) effectively developing and disseminating information products and communication and dialogue with key stakeholders, including donors, on the public health aspects of emergency risk management and response, and WHO's work within this; 5) inter- and intra-agency coordination on messaging for health aspects of humanitarian crises; and 6) updating and maintaining WHO's emergencies website and providing surge support for regional websites in the early phases of humanitarian crises.
Description of duties:
The External Relations Officer (Emergencies) is charged with mobilizing the required funds against workplans. To this end, she/he:

monitors donor policies, trends and funding mechanisms for humanitarian assistance to then inform the development and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy to support WHO's work in emergency risk management and response;
develops donor profiles and resource mobilization strategies and maintains relations with donors to keep them informed about WHO's work in emergency risk management and response and to advocate with them for funds;
identifies and avails of new funding opportunities;
contributes to the production of ERM advocacy documents;
develops and manages partnerships related to humanitarian financing with members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and supports the development of WHO's position in relation to IASC consolidated appeal processes and other inter-agency initiatives related to humanitarian financing;
collaborates with technical and grant management staff for inputs to/or provide guidance on resource mobilization proposals, UN consolidated and flash appeals, donor reports and other matters related and to the fulfilment of the terms of contribution agreements;
collaborates with regional and country offices to foster a comprehensive, consistent approach to donor interactions and supports the development of resource mobilization guidelines for emergencies;
provides resource mobilization surge support to regional and country offices, as requested;
develops resource mobilization correspondence, presentations, proposals, briefing notes, prepares donor meetings and assists in the finalization of donor agreements.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential
Master's degree in a relevant field, e.g. business administration, international or public relations, communications, social sciences or law.

Desirable
Professional certification or other specific training in resource mobilization.
Skills:
Extensive knowledge of the UN system and of resource mobilization or public relations.
Extensive knowledge of humanitarian donors and the workings of the UN's humanitarian mechanisms.
Demonstrated negotiation skills.
Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
Integrity, tact and discretion dealing with numerous contacts.
Ability to guide, support and encourage colleagues to work towards common goals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
High level of judgment and initiative.
Excellent writing and oral presentation skills.
Knowledge of office software applications.

WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Moving forward in a changing environment
5. Producing results.
Experience:
Essential
At least 7 years of combined national and international experience in resource mobilization and/or external relations¸ at least 5 years of which are resource mobilization experience, two of which are in a United Nations system or NGO context.
Experience in related grant management and administration processes.
Considerable experience in writing and editing, particularly in the context of donor reporting/relations and in developing messaging for advocacy purposes.
Considerable experience working with and/or influencing funding systems, donor organizations and decision-makers.

Desirable
Experience in WHO.
Experience working in humanitarian operations.
Experience working at country and regional levels.
Experience in public health.
Experience in working with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Inter-agency Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) and/or Inter-agency Flash Appeals processes.
Languages:
Essential
Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable
Intermediate knowledge of French and/or another WHO official language.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

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.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 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

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. 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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