External Relations and Partnership Officer
Mission and objectives
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations Public Health Organization established in 1948. The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. World Health Organization achieves its goals by performing its essential functions: 1. Take a leadership role in key health issues and create partnerships when joint action is needed; 2. Set research priorities and encourage the acquisition, application and dissemination of useful knowledge; 3. Setting standards and criteria and encouraging and monitoring them; 4. Develop ethical and evidence-based policies 5. Provide technical support, be an agent of change and build institutional capacity in a sustainable way; 6. Monitor health status and assess health trends.
WHO is the directing and coordinating agency for health within the United Nations System and operates at three levels: global, regional and country. The WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), in collaboration with Inter-country Support Teams, provides technical assistance, guidance and coordination to, and for 46 countries in the African region. AFRO fosters synergies with international partners and global and regional health initiatives. The mission of the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit is to mobilize political will and resources, build strategic alliances and partnerships, manage external relations, coordinate the work of the Regional Committee and enhance the contributions of delegations of the African Region to the work of WHO’s Governing Bodies in support of the achievement of regional health goals. The unit manages WHO/AFRO’s relationship with the international community by contributing to the positioning of the Organization’s regional health priorities into the agenda of the African and international community. The External Relations Officer will work as part of a team in the Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit to assist in, facilitate and support efforts to mobilize in-kind and financial resources and build an effective service for external relations in WHO’s Regional Office for Africa. More particularly, this will comprise pro-active resource mobilization, grant management; building regional and international partnerships and support the work of the WHO Governing Bodies in AFRO.
Under the direct supervision of Coordinator, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Undertake donor research; produce and update donor profiles; contribute to the AFRO Resource Mobilization and External Relations Share-point; and assist in establishing and maintaining good relations with existing and potential donors; Assist departments and teams in the development of quality proposals, preparation of grant agreements; timely reporting; disbursement requests, no-cost extension and other relevant correspondence as relevant; Liaise with the Communication, Advocacy and Media Unit in supporting departments and teams to increase visibility of their work vis-à-vis the donor community; Provide support on engagement with partners; Provide support to the work on Governing Bodies including through maintaining a roster of partners and follow-ups with the online registrations; Support the coordination of the African Health Forum; Perform any other duties as assigned by the Coordinator, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.