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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Lyons
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-01

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Strategic Engagement and Resource Mobilization Officer

Lyons (United States of America)


Under the general guidance and direct supervision of the IARC Director, the incumbent to this new position at IARC of Strategic Engagement and Resource Mobilization Officer is responsible for the overall coordination of IARC’s strategic engagement and resource mobilization activities. The incumbent also provides expertise and guidance to IARC senior management and scientific sections in support of the Agency’s resource mobilization efforts.

The incumbent is a catalyst and coordinator of all outreach, advocacy, partnership building, and resource mobilization efforts across the Agency. S/he is expected to create and oversee functional project teams to ensure the purpose of the position is achieved. The incumbent is a member of IARC’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

This position fosters strategic, consistent and coordinated resource mobilization in support of IARC’s scientific programme. In so doing, the role promotes the principles of (i) alignment of funding to IARC’s Programme Budget, (ii) flexibility of funding, (iii) reduction of uncertainty of IARC’s funding, and (iv) transparency of IARC’s funding.

In view of the complexity and diversity of IARC’s mandate, resource mobilization efforts are decentralized, hence effective coordination of all resource mobilization efforts across the Agency is required. Given the corporate nature of the work, internal consultation and information sharing is essential. The incumbent collaborates closely with relevant teams, especially the Communications Office (COM) and Resource Mobilization and Management Office (RMO), as well as with scientific groups across the Agency. The incumbent analyses trends and develops and makes recommendations to senior management on resource mobilization, partnership and advocacy opportunities. This work requires the coordination of many variables and multiple high-level stakeholders.

The incumbent’s day-to-day work is with high-level representatives of partner institutions and IARC Participating States and entails a high degree of independent action, decision-making, and overriding diplomacy and tact. The incumbent is expected to keep abreast of political developments and funding opportunities.


As lead coordinator of IARC’s resource mobilization and partnership building efforts, the incumbent’s key duties are as follows\:

1. Finalization and implementation of IARC’s coordinated resource mobilization and partnership strategies and policies\:

• Finalize and communicate IARC’s resource mobilization policy primarily to external partners and stakeholders;

• Ensure that the strategies and policies remain relevant and up-to-date;

2. Implementation of IARC’s coordinated resource mobilization and partnership strategies focusing on direct contributions\:

• Coordinate and promote coherent resource mobilization efforts across the Agency;

• Foster and strengthen relationships and dialogue with existing and potential funders, including non-traditional areas for the Agency e.g. development assistance for health sector;

• Leverage funder/donor intelligence hosted in the Agency to assist when required the scientific groups and sections in preparing bids for direct funding according to funding policies of major strategic partners and identify potential funding opportunities;

• Advise and support when required scientific sections and groups on resource mobilization and relations with funders;

• Coordinate and provide leadership at partnership and resource mobilization meetings;

3. Plan and proactively lead the Agency’s resource mobilization efforts, and actively pursue new opportunities consistent with the Framework of Engagement with Non-state Actors (FENSA);

4. Liaise with WHO concerning resource mobilization efforts, inclusion of IARC in regular WHO outreach events, and coordinate with WHO the establishment of a joint non-profit foundation;

5. Support to the IARC Director on the admission of new IARC Participating States\:

• Assess potential countries to become IARC Participating States and make recommendation to IARC Director;

• Establish preliminary contact and subsequent follow-up with the target countries;

• Research and synthesize background information in preparation for the Director’s meeting with the representative of the potential new Participating States;

• Prepare the standard ‘brochure’ for consideration by potential new Participating States;

6. Communication and Outreach\:

• Plan and work with the Communications Office to produce communication materials in support of resource mobilization activities;

• Communicate with partners and funders on key messages related to financing of IARC and implementation of IARC Medium-Term Strategy and Sustainable Development Goals;

• Ensure regular updates and development of the IARC Intranet as regards resource mobilization activities.

7. Provide quarterly updates to IARC’s Senior Leadership Team on progress against agreed resource mobilization targets.



Essential\: Master’s degree (or higher) from a recognized university in the field of development studies/management/ international relations/public health/economics or other social or health sciences.



- At least 10 years of progressive professional experience in fundraising and resource mobilization and/or related fields such as external relations/international relations/communications/public relations, of which at least five years is in the specific area of fundraising and resource mobilization;

- Considerable experience in writing and editing, particularly in the context of donor relations, funding proposals, and in developing messaging for advocacy purposes; and

- Considerable experience working with and/or influencing funding systems, donor organization and decision-makers, and experience in grant management and administration processes.


- Experience with the United Nations system at international level;

- Experience in research or public health environment; and/or

- Experience working in and/or collaborating with developing countries.


Required WHO competencies\:

Ability to\:

1/ Communicate in a credible and effective way

2/ Produce results

3/ Foster integration and teamwork

4/ Build and promote partnerships across the organization and beyond

5/ Promote IARC’s position internationally

6/ Set an example

Functional skills\:

The functional skills listed below are all essential\:

1/ Extensive knowledge in the fields of international development and resource mobilization.

2/ Knowledge of cancer prevention, related scientific issues and assessment strategies.

3/ Adaptable and able to work effectively with fundraising systems and contributor organizations at all levels of complexity.

4/ Negotiation with high-level governmental and nongovernmental partners;

5/ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

6/ Personal attributes include integrity, tact and discretion.

7/ Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills in dealing with a variety of contacts.

8/ Ability to guide, support and encourage colleagues to work towards common goals.

9/ Writing, editorial and oral presentation skills.

10/ Ability to plan and organize large-scale meetings.

11/ High level of judgement, responsibility and initiative.

12/ Ability to identify and act on opportunities in a complex and competitive resource mobilization environment.


Expert knowledge of English and at least intermediate knowledge of French are required.

Additional languages are an asset.


Remuneration for WHO/IARC staff in the Professional and higher category is quoted in US dollars.

The fixed remuneration for the above position comprises an annual net salary plus a post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station.

Total fixed remuneration for this position currently amounts to USD 122840 per annum which is the sum of\: 1) annual net salary of USD 85543 at Level P5/Step I of the UN professional salary scale, plus 2) post adjustment for Lyon, France currently amounting to an annualized figure of USD 37297.

The fixed remuneration is expressed net of income tax but before deduction of the employee share contributions for mandatory participation in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund and in the Organization’s private insurance plans covering health, accident, illness and disability.

Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave and allowances for dependent family members.

Subject to certain conditions, internationally-recruited staff may also be entitled to relocation travel & shipment, settling-in grant upon appointment, home leave and/or education grant for dependent children.

More information about the remuneration and benefit package applicable at WHO/IARC can be found at the following link\: http\://


• We only accept applications submitted via our online recruitment tool, which should be filled out in English and include a cover letter in English. Application profiles should include the details of all work experiences to date (full career details).

• Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for assessment and interview.

• This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

• Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

• For information on WHO's operations please visit\: http\://

• WHO/IARC is committed to workforce diversity. Applications from women are particularly encouraged.

• WHO/IARC has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

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