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Sub Regional Network Coordinator East and Southern Africa

Gaborone (Botswana)

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information - Job-specific

Roll Back Malaria Partnership

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is a global health initiative created to implement coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. RBM works mainly through Partner Committees (PCs) which formalize, consolidate and amplify the Partnership priorities of advocacy, resource mobilization, and country/regional support. Each Partner Committee is supported by a Partner Committee Manager employed by the RBM Management Team.

The Country/Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) provides a platform to engage the RBM Partnership community in coordinating support to countries and regions as they execute their malaria control and elimination implementation programmes. Support is tailored to suit the requirements and existing capacity in each country and region.

Two Sub Regional Network Coordinators will be recruited to support a sub-regional approach to ensure that collaboration by stakeholders is effective at the sub-regional level. This approach will be operationalized with sub-regional support to Eastern and southern Africa, as well as to Western and Central Africa, in close collaboration with existing structures and partners.  Each of these two sub-regional units will consist of a Sub-Regional Network Coordinator and a Senior Assistant working under the auspices of the CRSPC, to co-ordinate and facilitate communications and support between national malaria control programmes (NMCPs) and partners within the sub-region.

Functional Responsibilities

Working with the Partner Committee Manager at the RBM Secretariat, the Sub-Regional Network Coordinators will coordinate and facilitate support to malaria endemic countries to implement the approved CRSPC work plan including to:

  • Convene, coordinate and facilitate NMCPs and partners to create a vibrant network at sub/regional level, working with core regional partners including through Regional Economic blocks;
  • Support countries on sub-regional and country level to improve access to, absorption and effective use of funds;
  • Collaborate with WHO country and regional offices to facilitate countries to develop, review and/or align Malaria Strategic Plans, update gap analysis, Malaria Information Systems, program reviews, strategies, develop Business Plans;
  • Facilitate the CRSPC technical assistance  support to countries for resource mobilization activities including the developing of Global Fund funding request proposals;
  • Convene various small and large scale meetings on sub regional level
  • Undertake joint missions as necessary with regional partners such as the Global Fund Fund-Portfolio Managers, the President’s Malaria Initiative with the Malaria Operational Plans and in-country partners to identify  and resolve implementation challenges;
  • Facilitate the operationalising of an early warning system which is an integral part of the CRSPC work plan to identifies bottlenecks, and implement a rapid response mechanism to support countries to overcome implementation bottlenecks including enhancing absorptive capacity, addressing emergencies accelerate programme implementation, and;

Other supporting functions as appropriate and agreed with the RBM Secretariat.


  • Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Public Health, Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration, Business Administration or related fields.  OR
  • A Bachelor degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be acceptable in lieu of the advanced degree.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in coordination and management within the public health sector is required
  • Experience of working with International Coordination focusing on Malaria is desirable
  • Knowledge of malaria control and or other public health programmes in the East and Southern Africa region is desirable


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required
  • Working knowledge of French is desired
  • Knowledge of other UN language/s would be an asset

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: International ICA Level 3
Contract duration: 1 year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability. 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Gaborone (Botswana)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-15

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