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Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

Background Information - Job-specific

The Defeat-NCD Partnership was established in January 2018 to help tackle the most significant global health problem of the age: premature death, sickness, disability, and the associated social and economic impacts of selected non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These are projected to cost tens of billions of dollars with the most adverse consequences falling upon the poorer countries and communities.

The Defeat-NCD Partnership is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and forms part of its growing portfolio of global health-related Partnerships such as Stop TB, Roll Back Malaria, Scaling up Nutrition, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. Overall, UNOPS health-related work totaled some US$430 million in 2017 and it is the biggest sector we work in.

Our vision is that of a world in which there is universal health coverage for NCDs. This is a direct contribution to the transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to which all nations subscribe.

Our mission is to enable and assist the approximately 100 lower-income and lesser-developed countries to scale-up sustained action against NCDs so that they can progress SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages and, more specifically, to achieve target 3.4 to reduce, by one-third, premature mortality from NCDs by 2030.  Our initial focus is on diabetes and hypertension with expansion to other NCDs in due course probably starting with the early detection and treatment of cervical and breast cancer.

Defeat-NCD is a ‘public-private-people’ Partnership that is an autonomous inclusive programme of the United Nations system. Our membership and governance include governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, philanthropic foundations, and the business sector.  We subscribe to the ethical principles of the United Nations Global Compact. We follow the technical norms and guidance issued by the World Health Organization. Our operating procedures derive from United Nations rules but are designed to be fast and responsive. We work in a complementary and coordinated way with other health and development actors at all levels.

The secretariat of the Defeat-NCD Partnership is located in Geneva, Switzerland and is hosted by UNOPS

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer is responsible for (i) leading the Defeat-NCD Partnership’s resource mobilisation efforts; and (ii) overall management of the Defeat-NCD Partnership’s global operations - including the development and roll-out of the Essential Supplies and Distribution Facility, and the Financing Facility to resource poor countries.

S/he fully deputises the Chief Executive Officer for institutional leadership functions. These responsibilities include representing the organisation with external stakeholders to accelerate the scale-up and uptake of the Essential Supplies and Distribution Facility, and the Financing Facility, across priority Defeat-NCD Partnership programme countries.

Resource mobilisation

  • Lead and manage the team of resource mobilisation and partnership development specialists working on raising funds for the Defeat-NCD Partnership with private sector and government donors to meet the US$ 100 million target stipulated in the Governing Board approved Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat 2018-2021 Planned Indicative Resourcing Framework.

Partnership Development

  • Lead and support the further development and implementation of the Defeat-NCD Partnership strategies with priority Geneva based organisations, including key permanent representatives at Geneva based diplomatic mission, the World Economic Forum, United Nations system, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • Facilitate introductions between Defeat-NCD Programme teams and UNOPS field offices in Defeat-NCD Partnership priority programme countries. 
  • Represent the Defeat-NCD Partnership and the Chief Executive Officer in internal and external meetings as required.

Planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting

  • Supervise the Head of Operations, and oversee the operations of the Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat in order to ensure resources are effectively and efficiently utilised and operations are run in a timely manner to support the work of all teams in the Secretariat.
  • Manage, in collaboration with the Chief Executive Officer, the preparation of annual work-plans, targets and budgets, and donor reporting for the Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat. Coordinate inputs from Programme and Operations teams.
  • Oversee the relationship with the United Nations Office for Project Services to ensure that the Defeat-NCD Partnership is continuing to receive good value for money, timely, high quality services from its host agency.
  • Prepare periodic budget projections for the Defeat-NCD Partnership, for consideration by the Chief Executive Officer, and as required by the Governing Board.

Strategy and programme development

  • Under the overall guidance of the Chief Executive Officer, the incumbent should lead, motivate, and manage the Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat staff, experts and consultants, setting priorities and targets for activities and delivery, ensuring the development and implementation of policies and guidelines.
  • Provide leadership and manage the establishment of the Defeat-NCD Essential Supplies and Distribution Facility, to help resource-poor countries to expand the consistent availability of affordable non-communicable diseases drugs, diagnostics, and devices through the Defeat-NCD Marketplace.
  • Provide leadership and manage the establishment of the Defeat-NCD Financing Facility, to help resource-poor countries to find the financing that is necessary to achieve universal health coverage for non-communicable diseases, through a mix of public-private-people approaches that must also be sustainable as the non-communicable diseases are a long-term challenge.

Joint United Nations and government needs assessments

  • Utilise data from Defeat-NCD Partnership’s Programme team led market sizing studies and market-shaping and price tracking activities, to promote the uptake of the Marketplace to help countries benefit from more cost-effective deals.
  • Actively promote the Defeat-NCD Marketplace as a source of quality-assured, affordable non-communicable diseases drugs, diagnostics, and devices.
  • Expand the Defeat-NCD Marketplace client base with specific focus on countries switching to the procurement with domestic funds.


A master’s degree in international relations/studies, political sciences, economics, public administration, law, management, business administration or related area is required.

A bachelor's degree with a combination of 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.


A minimum 10 years of progressively responsible international development/ humanitarian experience in the areas of (i) resource mobilisation; (ii) partnership development; (iii) planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting; (iv) strategy and programme development; and (v) joint United Nations and government needs assessments, is required.

United Nations system and/ or other international organisation work experience in the field of crisis response is required. This includes provision of effective operational and programmatic headquarters support to field teams, and also direct operational management experience in at least one major public health emergency.

Sound practical understanding of institutional mandates of leading Geneva based development and humanitarian organisations, including the Defeat-NCD Partnership’s host agency – UNOPS, is required.


Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
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.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Contract level: ICS 13/ D1
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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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.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-10

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