EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER (HQ/14/HQ/FT135)

28 August 2016
 
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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/14/HQ/FT135
 
Title: External Relations Officer
 
Grade: P3
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  1 year
 
Date: 20 March 2014
 
Application Deadline: 10 April 2014 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
 
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/DGO Director-General's Office (HQ/DGO)
HQ/PSD Policy and Strategic Directions
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
Policy and Strategic Directions provides the Director-General with organization-wide advice on development and implementation of WHO reform agenda; actively seeks input from sources of highest authority inside and outside the organization for development of global policies and strategy development; identifies modalities based on the policy for partnerships between WHO, member states and non-state actors and stakeholders in public and private sectors; strengthens WHO's engagement with state and non-state institutions and other development partners; and monitors and evaluates partnering arrangements.
The Partnerships and non-State actors team manages WHO's engagement with non-State actors, implements the policies for interaction with the private sector and NGOs, conducts due diligence and risk assessment on WHO engagement with non-State actors, manages WHO register of non-State actors, and organizes the process of entering and renewing the status of official relations with these entities. The team also manages the relations with WHO hosted partnerships by elaborating and implementing generic hosting terms and the WHO Briefing Service.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Director/PNA, the incumbent will:
- Implement the current and the future revised WHO policies for relations with NGOs, private sector and other non-State actors.
- Explain the policy and its implementation through meetings and correspondence.

1. With regard to WHO's relations with NGOs and other non-State actors.
a) Advise and guide NGOs, other interested parties, and WHO staff on the application of the NGO policy.
b) Coordinate NGOs, relevant technical departments, involving, when necessary, the Legal Counsel, on assessment of relations.
c) Initiate and write reports evaluating and proposing action on the status of relations with particular NGOs.
d) Assist NGOs at governing body meetings.
e) Determine if NGOs are considered to meet the criteria for admission into official relations and, if appropriate, collaborating with NGO and WHO departments on submission of application for official relations to WHO Executive Board - The main task is to serve as a central liaison point for relations between NGOs in official relations, WHO secretariat and governing bodies.
f) Prepare the report of the Standing Committee to the Board.
g) Advise NGOs and designated technical officers of the decisions of the Board.
h) Facilitate NGO representation in WHO governing bodies through contacts, meetings
i) Assist NGOs wishing to make statements at governing bodies and, in this respect, coordinate with Director Governance and relevant technical departments.

2. Perform due diligence review and risk assessment of WHO engagements with non-State actors (NGOs, private sector, philanthropic foundations and academia).
a) Provide guidance to WHO staff on the procedures on creating a project for engagement with non-State actors.
b) Check proposals of engagement for completeness and analyse them for the necessary research to be conducted.
c) conduct due diligence using specialized tools on non-State actors WHO wants to engage with.
d) Assess risks of proposals for engagement with non-State actors and formulate advice to management on engagement, risk mitigation or non-engagement.

3. Develop, fill and maintain the WHO Transparency register for engagement with non-State actors.
a) Maintain the web-based WHO transparency register.
b) Verify entries in the context of a due diligence on concrete proposals for engagement.
c) Answer questions from entities and WHO departments at global, regional and country level on their entries.
d) Remind non-State actors on necessary update, assess the accuracy of entries.
e) Propose improvements to the system.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
Essential:
University degree in administration, international relations, or political/social sciences, or other relevant field.
For WHO staff, please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220

Skills:
Negotiating and analytical skills to explain clearly, draft responses and suggest strategies.
Knowledge of WHO structure policies and programmes and procedures for NGOs.

WHO competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective
way
Knowing and managing yourself
Moving forward in a changing environment
Fostering integration and teamwork
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Experience:
Essential:
At least 5 years of relevant experience at the national and international level.

Desirable:
Practical experience in HQ or regional office an advantage.
Languages:
Expert knowledge of English or French with intermediate knowledge of the other is required.
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 56198 at single rate
USD 60205 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.

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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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