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Technical Officer (Vaccine Partnerships)


  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: Closed


The Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) Department's mission is, “To promote the health and well-being of all people, in all countries, by advancing the impact of vaccines and immunization programmes through partnership and leadership; policies and guidance; evidence and research”. Our work is aligned with the WHO Global Programme of Work (GPW), with a central focus to drive impact in countries, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages. The Strategic Objectives of the IVB Department include: Establishing global immunization agendas, strategies and policies to build and harness commitment to action. Promoting research and innovation to increase impact of vaccines, technologies and immunization practices. Advancing evidence-based introduction and access to vaccines and immunization innovations. Optimizing immunization delivery to ensure high-impact, sustainable and equitable programmes. Harnessing Vaccine Alliances and Partnerships, including collaborations with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and key WHO partners, towards cross-programme coordination and collaboration in pursuit of universal vaccine and health coverage.


  • Working across the three levels of WHO, build effective partnerships and enhance relationships with key partners including Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, by: Providing strategic advisory and collaboration services to WHO colleagues for engagement with technical partners, including as related to partner governance processes.
  • Proposing and developing new approaches and strategies for implementation of the partnership engagement.
  • Supporting the monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the priority partnership work through key performance indicators, reporting requirements, and mechanisms to optimize performance of Unit deliverables.
  • Gathering timely intelligence on partner priorities, policies, budgets, funding trends and opportunities.
  • Convening high level dialogues and/or briefings with key partners, contribute to the development of future collaborations.
  • Advising and supporting WHO leadership in meetings with partners.
  • Ensuring relevant standard operating procedures are properly adhered, developing new procedures as required.
  • Performing all other related duties as assigned.



: An advanced university degree (Master's level or above) in public health, medicine, international relations, business administration, communications, social sciences, or related field relevant to the position.

: Professional certification or other specific training in partnership.



  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the areas of management of partnership building, external relations, and/or health policy and strategy.
  • Proven experience in building and influencing complex multi-stakeholder partnerships, and in planning and coordinating multi-stakeholder convenings.
  • 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 organization and decision-makers.
  • Experience working with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other significant immunization partner organizations.
  • Experience in grant management and administration processes.


  • Experience in the UN system.


  • Strong skills in public health, external relations, resource mobilization, management, and strategic partnership building.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively and diplomatically with external partners including ministries of health, donor institutions, Civil Society, and other stakeholders.
  • Commitment to collaborate effectively with other key partners.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of partners, engage partner interest, create and maintain longstanding trusted relationships.
  • Sound level of judgement, responsibility and initiative.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to identify and act on opportunities in a complex and competitive resource environment and work effectively within the evolving context of philanthropic organizations and networks.
  • Ability to communicate credibly, diplomatically, and persuasively with key stakeholders inside WHO.
  • Knowledge of public health sector and WHO's role within the global health architecture.
  • Ability to maintain perspective under pressure.
  • Outstanding project management skills, able to implement a proactive, structured and timely approach and also able to adapt to organizational or contextual changes.
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills; able to present and explain complex ideas and information in a succinct, logical way that is easy to understand key decisions and critical information for programme management.
  • Strong skills in initiating, developing and implementing strategies.
  • Excellent skills and ability to managing and oversee financial resources.
  • Strong representation skills and politically astute.
  • Ability to make informed and strategic recommendations to senior management.
  • Strong capacity to manage multiple competing demands and meeting deadlines and timelines with efficiency.
  • Highly motivated individual capable of influencing and taking initiative.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

: Expert knowledge of English.

: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 77,326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 5780 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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    • Please note that WHO’s contracts are conditional on members of the workforce confirming that they are vaccinated as required by WHO before undertaking a WHO assignment, except where a medical condition does not allow such vaccination, as certified by the WHO Staff Health and Wellbeing Services (SHW). The successful candidate will be asked to provide relevant evidence related to this condition. A copy of the updated vaccination card must be shared with WHO medical service in the medical clearance process. Please note that certain countries require proof of specific vaccinations for entry or exit. For example, official proof /certification of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter many countries. Country-specific vaccine recommendations can be found on the WHO international travel and Staff Health and Wellbeing website. For vaccination-related queries please directly contact SHW directly at

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