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External Relations Officer

Addis Ababa

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-31

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME

The mandate of the WHO Liaison Office to the AU and ECA is to build constructive partnerships with the AU organs and the UNECA to advance the continental public health agenda. This includes influencing the AU and its specialised agencies and the UNECA debates and actions on health, technical collaboration across health and health-related issues and monitoring developments at the continental level relevant to WHO.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the WHO Liaison Office to the AU and ECA, the incumbent will perform the following functions: Generate intelligence on the evolving health interests of UN partners, and main health donors working with the AU for possible use by WHO in strengthening partnerships and raising resources. Support the drafting of proposals by WHO programs, development of donor briefings, reports, and feedback on WHO collaboration with AU and UNECA Maintain external relations through innovative approaches (e.g., quarterly partner briefings on WHO's work with the AU and UNECA); while concisely, clearly, and convincingly communicating WHO's overall work on the African Continent Work with Africa CDC and AUC communications counterparts to prepare joint communication and joint actions including revision of joint action plans and cooperation frameworks Develop regular internal and external communication products in liaison with WHO Communication teams including using social media platforms

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: First University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, Business Administration, Communications, Public Health, Management or Economics from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Additional certificate/diploma/degree in resource mobilization and communicating about partnerships. Training in, donor intelligence, proposal writing, and general project management. Masters degree in the relevant areas will be an advantage.

Experience

Essential: At least five years' related experience, at the national and international level, in external relations, resources mobilization and/or communications. Documented achievements in resource mobilization activities
Desirable: Experience in WHO, other UN agencies or in similar field.

Skills

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills Excellent analytical and writing skills. Integrity, tact and discretion. Ability to work and achieve goals under pressure.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Communication
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
Desirable:
The above language requirements are interchangeable.

REMUNERATION

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 64,121 (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 3259 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test and/or an asynchronous video assessment may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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  • Persons with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations to enable participation in the recruitment process. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be sent through an email to reasonableaccommodation@who.int
  • An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
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