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Deputy CEO

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: D-1, Director - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Managerial positions
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-06

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Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

 ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partner; peace-building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

RBM Partnership to End Malaria
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners committed to end malaria, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institution.

The RBM partnership's strength lies in its ability to form effective partnerships both globally, regionally and nationally. Partners work together to scale up malaria-control and elimination efforts at country level, coordinating their activities to avoid duplication and fragmentation, and to ensure optimal use of resources. The partnership’s overall strategy aims to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage of at risk populations and strengthening health systems.

The RBM Partnership is seeking a Deputy CEO to support the CEO in managing the RBM Partnership Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, and representing the Partnership at the global level. The RBM Partnership Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the Deputy CEO will have the following responsibilities:

Stakeholder Management
  •  Leads support to malaria endemic countries to effectively implement malaria prevention, control and elimination activities, working closely with the RBM Management Team, RBM partners and donors
  • Works closely with donors and partner organizations to promote and advocate for sustainable financing at global and national levels to support malaria-endemic countries to implement their national plans, including through increased domestic resource allocations.In collaboration with partners, identifies operational challenges hampering the efforts of sustainable financing at global and national levels to support malaria-endemic countries to implement their national plans, including through increased domestic resource allocations.
  • In collaboration with partners, identifies operational challenges hampering the efforts of endemic countries, including resource deficiencies and works to solve these.
Strategic Partnership
  •  Supports the CEO and RBM Board to keep malaria high on the political and developmental agendas.
  • Promotes and supports regional approaches to the fight against malaria anchored in existing political and economic platforms such as regional economic communities.
  • Works with partners to sustain momentum and mobilize funding for regional and national malaria elimination efforts
  • Advocates for malaria elimination to become a central theme in the sustainable development agenda and in the context of Universal Health coverage
  • Works with partner organizations towards empowering countries, communities and individuals to defeat malaria in the context of Zero Malaria Starts with me!
  • Works with partner organizations to promote innovation and facilitate uptake of new malaria prevention and control tools for greater impact
  • Liaises regularly with partner organisations, including key donors, international NGOs and malaria-endemic countries and leads the development and implementation of a partnership framework
  • Monitors the Partnership’s progress toward key targets and provides the CEO with updates on progress, including identifying bottlenecks and constraints.
Leadership & Communications
  • Assists the CEO in responding to enquiries from the media to the Partnership and ensures that appropriate responses are made in a timely manner.
  • Supports the CEO in facilitating and promoting communication between the Board and Partners on policy and programme issues.
  • Brings additional management and technical capacity to the RBM Management Team and facilitates smooth operation of the Secretariat’s programmatic activities including through the supervision of the management team technical staff.
  • Represents the partnership at high level events, under the leadership of the CEO
  • Any other tasks as identified by the CEO


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 (Applicable only for levels ICS-10 and above).
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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Masters Degree preferably in Public Health or similar field with direct relevance to international health.
  • 2 additional years of relevant work experience, in combination with a relevant first level university (bachelor’s degree or equivalent), may substitute for the requirement of a master’s degree.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working with developing countries in the international public health field. This should include substantial experience of working closely with national counterparts in the host country,
  • including Ministers of Health, national malaria control programmes and other relevant department(s) within the Ministry of Health
  •  Strong Malaria technical knowledge and experience is highly desirable
  • Experience of public health policy formulation and implementation, preferably in a developing country environment is highly desirable 
  • Proven knowledge of the donor environment for malaria and the funding mechanisms of key donors, e.g. the Global Fund, US PMI, etc.
  • Strong networking skills and in depth knowledge and experience of working with key implementing partners active in malaria prevention and control, including international NGOs is desirable
  • Experience in health systems strengthening highly desirable
  • Proven track record in resource mobilization is desirable
  • Excellent diplomatic and communication skills is desirable
Language requirements
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Knowledge of French is an asset
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed-term staff contract Contract level: D1 - ICS 13
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.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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.  
  • The recruitment process is supported by an external recruitment agency. Relevant candidates will be contacted by our partner for a first assessment

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 harmonization

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

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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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