Partnerships Officer, Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Friday, 11 September 2020

Partnerships Officer

( 2002718 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 1 year

Job Posting: Aug 21, 2020, 12:27:46 PM

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations. The objective of the Strategic Health Operations Department is to ensure the establishment of strong emergency management system at all three levels of the Organization (based on incident management), implementation of operations and services according to agreed standards, and availability of a strong logistics and operational support capacity. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.


Strategic Development: 1- Manage and refine the specific OSL partnerships strategy, including but not limited to, segmenting appropriate partners for OSL’s specific needs, compiling list of potential partners across multiple sectors, and conducting extensive due diligence on prospective partners.

2- Develop, manage and refine policy and advocacy initiatives related to the development of the OSL Network to establish.

3- In close collaboration with the OSL team and the Health Emergency Programme, manage and refine the framework and strategy to explore new initiatives and innovative models related to potential new funding sources, new business models, new partnership models, new products and applications, and new technologies.

4- In close collaboration with the OSL team and Health Emergency Programme, manage and refine the network mechanisms and organizing functions to position OSL as the network leader, which may include establishing management and steering committees, sector based advisory committees, open-based membership criteria, and any other mechanism deemed appropriate to build the operational features of the supply chain and logistical network.

5- Initiate and negotiate partnership agreements, which include defining Terms of References, establishing specific roles and responsibilities, mobilizing and allocating resources, and developing robust monitoring and evaluation guidelines, to grow the network and number of partnerships involved in OSL‘ s business model.

6- Manage and refine the coordination strategies and mechanisms with other WHO partnership efforts to ensure a cohesive emergency response capacity across the 3 levels of WHO and its emergency response platform.

7- Represent OSL in appropriate humanitarian and health forums, conferences, etc during the development and capacity building of the network.


8- Oversee and manage key business process related to each partnership and OSL budgetary processes, including but not limited to, budget management, performance planning, and evaluation.

9- Oversee and coordinate briefing documents and communications related to activities of the partnerships such as briefing documents, external communications, coordination of briefing and policy statements, and any other high level briefings and meetings.

10- Responsible for managing and liaising with internal and external partners.

11-Coordinate activities amongst OSL, partners, and key officials in Member States‘ Ministries of Health in the context of preparedness and readiness as well as any emergency response efforts.

12- Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: Advanced university degree (Master’s or above) in Business Management or related field.

Desirable: Experience

Essential: At least 7 years‘ experience in or combination of business development, strategic development and finance, international experience in developmental, public and private sectors, logistical operations, humanitarian response operations, or related areas

Desirable: Experience working with the WHO and other UN agencies is desirable. Project management experience.


Excellent interpersonal skills Excellent analytical and drafting skills Financial management skills Organizational skills Ability to work independently and flexibly

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of WHO Language.


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 73,516 (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 5091 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.

Tags business development business management emergency management external communications financial management health emergencies humanitarian response logistics monitoring and evaluation new products new technologies project management supply chain

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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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