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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/FCH/TA129
Title: Senior Adviser
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 16 December 2013
Application Deadline: 6 January 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  New York, United States of America
Organization unit:
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 the reproductive years of adulthood to older age. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) is an alliance of 530+ members grouped in seven constituencies, including the private sector (of the private sector constituents many have HQ either in New York or the US). On the areas of Women and children's health, WHO and related partnerships (PMNCH, HRP i.e. Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) work with Member States and partners to achieve the following goals:
- Ensure that women at all ages enjoy the best possible health, including the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health;
- Reduce mortality and promote the health of women, newborns, children and adolescents through protection, prevention and treatment of major causes of morbidity and mortality;
- Protection from vaccine related diseases, including from the newly available vaccines (rotavirus, pneumococcal, Human papillomavirus (HPV).
Description of duties:
The Senior Advisor, Partner Relations:
- Builds and maintains strategic partnerships with key stakeholders (governments, donors, and others) based in New York and the area.
- Provides guidance and support to facilitate engagement between the WHO and partnerships and Permanent missions of countries to the UN in New York. In the short term much of this work would be to ensure that women's and children's health is profiled in the post 2015 negotiations, and particularly in the Open Working Group process.
- Participates and represents WHO and partnerships in events, conferences, working meetings, negotiation processes in relevant topics for the cluster.
- Establishes and maintains positive and strong working relationships with key partners in New York (and Washington), such as other UN Agencies, particularly with the H4+ partners (UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, UNAIDS and UN Women), NY based global NGOs, Foundations, Funds, private sector and others.
- Supports the regular communication and engagement between WHO HQ /PMNCH and these key partners. Identifies additional partners to further the objectives of the FWC cluster. Works with the WHO New York office colleagues to enhance the visibility of WHO and PMNCH work in the areas relevant to FWC with partners, by identifying opportunities to participate in events, media opportunities and support external dissemination of information and increase the visibility of WHO's and PMNCH's efforts in the area of FWC in the media and others as necessary.
- Supports participation of WHO and PMNCH leadership to various events and activities in New York, particularly related to the last 1000 days towards the MDGs and the post MDG agenda, by developing policy briefings, talking points, speeches and other communications as necessary.
- Specifically follows up with UN and other partners, particularly UNF, on implementation of the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities, FP 2020, Financing for the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), and progress of the Every Woman Every Child, towards the UNSG Global Strategy implementation, and represents WHO at meetings with the SG office and UN partners.
- Gathers and analyses information and submits regular briefs on relevant discussions and processes in NY in the FWC areas of work and ensures timely collection and submission of input from WHO to interagency processes communicates and provides briefings, and keeps timely flow of information between Geneva and New York offices.
Essential: Degree in health or a health-related science with a Masters in public health, health management, business administration or another related area.
- Strong communicator and networker with ability to build and maintain strategic partnerships;
- strong background in women and children's health;
- demonstrated diplomatic skills and experience in intergovernmental negotiation processes;
- demonstrated ability to produce results;
- excellent oral and written presentation skills.
WHO Competencies:
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond,
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way,
3. Producing results, and
4. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership.
Essential: At least 10 year's experience in health and development, particularly in the area of family, women's and children's health including working with partners at the international level. Work experience in one or more UN agency.
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French or a good knowledge of at least one other UN language.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.

This vacancy is published in English only.

Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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