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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-28

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Programme Analyst

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.

D-NCD 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.

D-NCD 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.  D-NCD 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.

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

The D-NCD Partnership is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The secretariat of the D-NCD Partnership is located in Geneva, Switzerland.


UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.  UNOPS’ 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, UNOPS 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 UNOPS can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Functional Responsibilities

The Analyst will assist the Defeat-NCD Partnership Team. S/he will be a dynamic and highly motivated professional with global health experience. S/he will support the Deputy Chief Executive (Deputy CEO) and relevant Programme and Operations personnel in the development, implementation, and monitoring of country strategy and activities of The Defeat-NCD Partnership, as well as contribute to global knowledge sharing. S/he will support interaction at country, regional, and global levels with a wide range of people within and outside the United Nations system, across member states, civil society, and the business community as well as with the many other stakeholders in The Defeat-NCD Partnership. The position requires good technical and programming design judgement, excellent interpersonal diplomatic skills, and problem solving capability, advocacy and an aptitude for partnership development. This should be underpinned with an analytical mind, clear writing skills and ability to distill strategic debates and options.

The Analyst will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy CEO and in collaboration with other members of The Defeat-NCD Partnership Programmes and Operations teams, and external stakeholders and partners to ensure scaling-up of the action against NCDs at country level, and the distilling and sharing of knowledge and experience at the global level.

The Analyst will perform the following functions:

  1. Coordination and facilitation
  • Organize and manage the Deputy CEO’s meetings and mission events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities as appropriate.
  • Coordinate/draft correspondence for the Deputy CEO’s signature.
  • Undertake high quality research and analysis on specific assigned topics in relation to the key elements of the Defeat-NCD Partnership.
  • Assist with ensuring core workflow and outputs on a timely basis, enabling the Deputy CEO to execute his/her management and other responsibilities and ensure s/he is prepared for all meetings – proactively prepare briefing materials, pre-briefing, talking points, speeches, and other materials for all meetings. Ensure that all follow-up from meetings and interactions is communicated to relevant personnel and authorities and is logged and concluded. Support equally core workflows within the Defeat-NCD Partnership secretariat and provide guidance when needed.
  • Attend all meetings with the Deputy CEO as required to ensure effective follow up.
  • Travel with the Deputy CEO, as required. As part of the Executive Office participate pro-actively in the preparation of the travel calendar for the Deputy CEO and ensure that all trips are fully planned and optimized in all respects, including travel arrangements, itinerary, meetings secured, briefing materials, pre-briefing, talking points, speeches and other materials.
  • Finalize notes and minutes upon return from the official mission and distribute as agreed, preparing a mission report according to practice on behalf of the Deputy CEO.
  1. Political and global health analysis and reporting
  • Identify, analyze and monitor political and global health developments in emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Partnership’s mandate.
  • Coordinate inputs and draft summary and analytical reports including but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, and input for reports for the Deputy CEO.
  • Assist with the development of the annual work plan and assist the Deputy Chief Executive officer in monitoring and communicating the results achieved against the planned goals of The Defeat-NCD Partnership.
  1. Programme support
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with The Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat team, external collaborative partners, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
  • Support the development of The Defeat-NCD Partnership Programme in relevant countries, building on the previous country-scoping mission conducted..
  • Assist on The Defeat-NCD programme development in relevant countries.  
  • Collect,  analyze and document information, policy briefs, reports, academic journals and news articles, and conduct research and analysis relevant to  relevant countries.  
  • Prepare briefings for the Deputy CEO in relevant areas related to programme development in relevant countries.
  • Perform any other programme related tasks that may be assigned by the Deputy CEO.


  • A Master’s Degree in global health or health related discipline is required.


  • Minimum 2 years of post-master's degree professional working experience global health is required.
  • At least one year experience of working in the private sector (pharmaceutical, insurance, logistics and/or finance) is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required.
  • High quality drafting and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Able to establish a high level of trust and confidentiality internally, and credibility externally.


  • English and French are the working languages at the United Nations.  For this position fluency in oral and written English is required.  Working knowledge of French would be an asset.


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. 
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.

Functional competencies

  • Working knowledge of global health and non-communicable disease concepts, principles and policies and the ability to apply them in strategic and practical situations.
  • Ability to give analysis on global health and non-communicable disease challenges and opportunities on effective Defeat-NCD country programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an international environment and engage with other agencies, donors, private sector and, other development stakeholders to forge productive working relationships.
  • Ability to capture develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
  • Ability to scan, and synthesise diverse sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations. 
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills that can be applied to gather data, generate knowledge relevant to decision-making functions.
  • Excellent e-skills, including ability to use modern office technology and related software.Excellent application of software packages. Practical knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software is required.  Ability to do internet research, compile information and find solutions online to information gaps is essential. Familiarity and appreciation of social media is essential.

Contract type, level and duration

  3. Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organisational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performanc

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

This position is based in Switzerland and the contract fee is not exempt from Swiss laws, including but not limited to laws regarding taxation, social security, accident and health insurance.

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 harmonisation - UNOPS values its people and recognises the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonisation and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.

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 harmonisation

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

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