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Stop TB Partnership - Senior Advisor to the Board Chair

Delhi (India)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Delhi (India)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership Secretariat (STBP) as of 1 January 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the Stop TB Partnership is to realize the goal of elimination of Tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The Stop Partnership is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the current and future Global Plan, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

Founded in 2001, the Stop TB Partnership's mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality treatment is available to all who need it. Stop TB partners include international and technical organizations, government programmes, research and funding agencies, foundations, NGOs, civil society and community groups and the private sector.

The Stop TB Partnership is governed by the Stop TB Partnership Board which provides leadership and strategic direction, monitors the implementation of agreed policies, plans and activities of the Partnership, and ensures coordination among stakeholders. The Board is led by a Chair and a Vice-Chair. The Chair of the Board since March 2021 is the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Executive Director Office, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director and the Governance Officer provide support to the Board leadership to fulfill their roles. 

In this regard, the STBP is looking to engage a Senior Advisor for the Chair of the Stop TB Board in order to provide strategic advice and act as liaison between the Stop TB Partnership and the Stop TB Board Chair for all matters concerning Stop TB governance, global and regional TB advocacy work, partnerships, meetings and events. 

Under the supervision of the STBP Executive Director, the Senior Advisor to the STBP Board Chair will ensure that the high level advocacy work of Stop TB Partnership will have the right gravitas and engagement of key stakeholders, participating in the G20 meetings and preparatory meetings, as well as supporting the preparation and implementation of the UN High Level Meeting in 2023, ensuring the right level of leadership and peer engagement from government officials especially those from the government of India.

Functional Responsibilities

The incumbent will work as part of the Stop TB Partnership team, under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with the Deputy Executive Director. This position will be based in Delhi and the incumbent is expected to work from the office of the Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India as well as from his/her own office.

The main functions of the Senior Advisor - under the supervision of the STBP executive Director - will be to provide strategic advice and support to the Chair of the Stop TB Partnership board on the following areas: 

Communication and advocacy:

  • Producing comprehensive strategic briefs for the Chair on areas such as: advocacy, communication engagement, the Global Plan, national, regional and global efforts to END TB as well as analyzing, summarizing and providing talking points and presentations for the Chair’s use.

  • Scanning the global landscape of TB issues and their representation in the media, identifying opportunities for the Chair to intervene with a high impact.

  • Providing strategic guidance to the Chair on messaging and communication arising from the office of the Stop TB Board Chair. Facilitating wide dissemination and amplification of such communication through media channels, including social media. And Proactively seeking opportunities for Board Chair’s global media engagement on TB.

  • Providing advice and support to the Stop TB Partnership ED and Deputy ED on advocacy and communication strategies and approaches towards ending TB by 2030 globally and by 2025 in India.

Partnerships and representation:

  • Preparing strategic talking points for the Chair’s participation in global high-level political fora, such as the United Nations High Level Meetings, G20, Commonwealth, World Health Assembly and BRICS, making sure TB is included in agenda items, interventions, and outcome statements/declarations.

  • Identifying and advising on opportunities for the Stop TB Board Chair’s advocacy efforts in order to increase the financing for the global fight against TB from donor countries and global multilateral development institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Global Fund.

  • Scanning the global landscape to secure opportunities for the Chair of the Stop TB Partnership in advocacy efforts with other high TB burden countries during bilateral meetings and engagements between the countries, promoting high ambition levels for ending TB and identifying areas for strategic technical collaborations and learnings.

STBP Board Governance:

  • Developing a strong understanding of all the Stop TB Partnership organizational policies and programmatic areas in close collaboration with the Secretariat teams.

  • Providing strategic advice to the Chair on all matters related to the global fight against TB, in close coordination with the Stop TB Partnership Secretariat and the Executive Management Team.

  • Contributing to the efforts of Stop TB Partnership in keeping TB high on the global agenda by supporting the Stop TB Board Chair’s & India’s leadership efforts. 

  • Providing advice on the effective participation of the Stop TB Board Chair in Board and governance related meetings by coaching and providing succinct briefings after review of agenda and background documents, and synthesis of key issues and highlights in consultation with concerned Stop TB Partnership staff.

  • Providing advice to the Stop TB Board Chair to foster an inclusive leadership approach with engagement and alignment of all stakeholders in the efforts to end TB, including the private sector, TB affected communities and key and vulnerable population groups.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education: An Advanced University Degree (Masters degree or equivalent); OR

A First-level University Degree (Bachelors degree or equivalent) in addition to 2 extra years of relevant experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Required Experience:

A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with a Master’s degree, twelve (12) years with a bachelor's degree, in one or combining several of the following areas: advocacy, communication, media strategies, public health policy, strategy development, or related area is required.

Experience working with governing bodies.

Experience in preparation of reports and/or policy briefs, and/or official letters and/or communications with governments.

Desired Experience: (candidates without this experience are still eligible for the position)

In-depth understanding of the Indian government processes, knowledge of government policy formulation processes, first-hand experience of media, and appreciation of the Organization and its needs,

Good understanding of the context, protocol and functioning of the offices of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, and other high-level dignitaries in India,

Excellent analytical skills with the ability to think strategically and laterally.

Ability to build consensus within stakeholders to deliver high quality, accurate work within tight deadlines,

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds,

Public and global health experience at national, regional or international level.

Languages:
Excellent knowledge of English with proven ability to communicate in English (spoken and written) in a clear and concise manner is required.

Competencies

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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 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.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA) based in Delhi, India
  2. Contract level: IICA-3 (ICS-12 - P5 equivalent)
  3. Contract duration: contract valid with UNOPS until 31st of December 2021. Posibility to extend under the new host of STBP, provided there is available budget and satisfactory performance. 
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Qualified candidates from TB affected countries are strongly encouraged to apply. See here the list of countries:http://www.stoptb.org/countries/tbdata.asp 
  • 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
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

Diversity

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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