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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/FCH/TA16
Title: Technical Adviser
Grade: P5
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  18 months
Date: 11 March 2014
Application Deadline: 17 March 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit:
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH ) a global alliance hosted by the World Health Organization, that seeks to align the efforts of over 500 partners in improving the health of women and children globally. Its mission is to support partners to align their strategic directions and catalyse collective action to achieve universal access to comprehensive, high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care. The Partnership's work is conducted through four key outcomes:
Outcome 1: Highest possible political commitment to women's and children's health achieved and maintained in the years to 2015 and beyond.
Outcome 2: Increased and improved coverage and implementation of essential interventions for women's and children's health (in priority countries).
Outcome 3: Information to guide/ track investments and promote accountability on progress, commitments and processes towards improving women's and children's health synthesized and disseminated.
Outcome 4: Strengthened Partner engagement and alignment nationally, regionally, globally.
Description of duties:
- In coordination with the PMNCH secretariat, provide advice to the PMNCH Board's Chair regarding events and outreach.
- Provide expert advice on, and create opportunities around public events in which the Chair is participating where Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child and Adolescent Health, and other PMNCH work and activities can be highlighted.
- Serve as liaison between the Chair's office, the Secretariat and Board as required.
- Carry out any other duties as requested by the PMNCH Board Chair. With A Promised Renewed (APR) secretariat, support the Ambassadors participation in APR-related events and outreach events including drafting correspondence, preparation of briefings, presentations, organization and attendance at meetings, and ensuring follow-up.
- Advise on, and create opportunities around public events in which the Chair is participating where APR can be highlighted.
- Coordinate the development of content and materials such as Public Service Announcements (PSA) or the participation of the Ambassador at donor stewardship and cultivation events, to assist UNICEF and its National Committees to advocate or secure new partners for APR.
- Participate in monthly APR calls with global partners.
- Serve as liaison between the Ambassador's office and the APR Secretariat, as required.
- Carry out any other duties as requested by the APR Ambassador for Africa. To ensure coherence and promote synergies, the Advisor may also be required to undertake the following tasks: Serve as a liaison point between the Graca Machel Trust (GMT), PMNCH Secretariat, UNICEF and other Secretariats of Boards and Advisory Panels on which he/she serves as they relate to PMNCH and APR work; coordinate drafting of correspondence, preparation of meeting agendas, statements, briefing notes and commentary documents for GMT contributions to different Boards and Panels; keep updated on relevant technical and strategic discussions; consolidate information for review and comment by the PMNCH Board Chair, ensuring consistency in messaging and positions, notably across her different Board / Advisor positions; provide support to the PMNCH Board Chair and the Secretariats around the organisation and reporting on Board/Advisory Panel events, including attending meetings as required; accompany the PMNCH Board Chair to meetings and/or on trips, prepare minutes and trip reports and follow up on issues emanating from the meetings.
Master of Business Administration or equivalent educational qualification.
Board level-support functions and follow up;
- Working in international advisory functions and environments;
- Communication and writing abilities; capacity to produce briefing materials, press releases, op-eds and speeches on a variety of issues;
- Managing consultation exercises, notably representing different constituencies with a focus on development issues;
- Networking and building partnerships with a range of individuals and organizations in the same field of work;
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team and to work well with external partners as required.

WHO competencies
1. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
2. Communicating in a credible and effective way
3. Producing results
At least 10 years working in the development and humanitarian sector in Africa, including experience that addresses policies and strategies in poverty eradication, education, health and/or women's empowerment. Relevant experience at the international level.
Expert knowledge of English.

Intermediate knowledge of French.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 80,734 at single rate
USD 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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