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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Brussels
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-23

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External Relations Officer

Brussels (Belgium)


All Member States of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right.All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying value of equity as described in the General Programme of Work. The 13th General Programme of Work defines the mission of WHO as one to promote health, to keep the world safe, and to protect the vulnerable. The GPW calls for heightened accountability, prioritizing impact and outcome at country level, and to improve the lives of three billion people through universal health coverage, through addressing health emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.WHO's mandate revolves around six core functions\: (i) providing leadership on global health matters; (ii) shaping the health research agenda; (iii) setting norms and standards; (iv) articulating evidence-based policy options; (v) providing technical support to countries; and (vi) monitoring and assessing health trends.The European Region (EURO) of WHO is made up of 53 countries, with over 880 million people. The diversity of people and health situations requires, on the demand side, a solid understanding of the emerging socio-economic, epidemiologic and demographic patterns and trends at both aggregate as well as national and sub-national levels, with due sensitivity to disadvantaged populations and vulnerable segments of the society. On the supply side, it is equally crucial to have a solid understanding of the commonalities and divergences of the health systems, the circumstances and political economy under which they have evolved and operate and, more specifically, how these bear upon the way the health system stewardship function of health ministries is carried out.The WHO Brussels office's key roles are to\: --> Represent WHO (global responsibility) to the EU and its institutions; --> Monitor EU-related policies, strategies, initiatives, programs and interventions and disseminate related information within WHO;--> Facilitate working relations between WHO experts and EU institutions staff and through this help shape up the health related Brussels debates;--> Identify opportunities for improving the cooperation at the global, regional and country levels; --> Defend, maintain and enhance the WHO corporate image, work and reputation in the EU context and ensure the visibility of WHO's work and products; --> Promote WHO health priorities and policies towards EU institutions and Brussels-based stakeholders.


The incumbent is an External Relations Officer answerable to the WHO representative in Brussels. S/he contributes relevant expertise to the external relations efforts for WHO to the EU institutions, working in close collaboration with HQ and partner agencies. An integral part of the incumbent`s remit is to actively promote WHO policies and programs and contribute to strongly positioning WHO work on the EU agenda. The incumbent has the following key duties\:1. Monitors, analyses and reports on dialogue and negotiation on EU global health and health-development related policies, legislation and programmes.2. Participates in representation and promotion activities related to WHO policies and programmes in its relations with European Institutions (particularly with the European Commission and the European Parliament), civil society organisations, the private sector and other interested parties in Brussels, with regard to global health, poverty reduction and development, humanitarian assistance and public health policies in Europe.3. Acts as focal point for collaboration with counterparts in the EU collaborations. Develops/updates donor profiles and engagement plans for the assigned portfolio of donors, creates related training materials and identifies fundraising opportunities. Supports and advises/trains regional and country staff on related procedures. 4. Maintains relations with the relevant EU stakeholders to keep them informed about WHO's work on health emergencies, provides answers to their questions and advocates with them for funding. Supports the organization of meetings with the European Union institutions. 5. Represents the WHO Representative at meetings of partner institutions when required.6. Assumes additional duties and functions as assigned by the supervisor.



Essential\: University degree (Bachelor's level) in international or public relations, business administration, communications, social sciences or related fields of study.
Desirable\: University degree (Master's level) in one of the above fields.


Essential\: At least five years of combined national and international experience in external relations activities in areas such as global health, poverty reduction and development, humanitarian assistance or public health policies.
Desirable\: Relevant work experience with EU institutions.


Excellent writing and communication skills. Strong organizational and project management skills.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable\: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Other WHO languages.


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 60,233 (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 2178 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.


  • 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 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\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • 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.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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