External Relations Officer (Private Partnerships), Geneva, Switzerland

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva

Office: WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Grade: P-4

Closing date: Wednesday, 3 August 2022

External Relations Officer (Private Partnerships)

( 2206574 )

Grade : P4

Contractual Arrangement : Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : two years

Job Posting: Jul 13, 2022, 2:34:50 PM

The mission of the External Relations Division (EXT) is to ensure a strong and supportive set of stakeholder relations for WHO and encompasses resource mobilization, governing bodies, communications and partnership functions. Within the division, the Health and Multilateral Partnerships Department (HMP) purpose is to facilitate that relevant external engagements are strategic, coherent, coordinated, transparent, risk-managed and in the interest of the entire Organization to implement GPW13, whether they are led by senior management, divisions, regions or HMP itself. HMP supports, coordinates, facilitate and/or leads concrete engagements and interactions with global and regional intergovernmental organizations, formal partnerships, parliamentarians and their organizations, NGOs/civil society and the private sector. HMP’s functions are strategy development and policy coherence; health diplomacy and advocacy; selected external engagements and the incubation of strategic initiatives.


Coordinate WHO’s engagement with private sector entities including international business associations.

Support and coordinate regional offices in their private sector engagement.

Prepare for and follow up on senior management engagement with the private sector including DG dialogue with CEOs and business platform meetings such as the World Economic Forum.

Setup and manage a Secretariat coordination platform for private sector engagement.

Represent the Organization, at inter-agency and other coordination groups and private sector convened meetings.

Contribute to a coherent external representation of WHO by coordinating activities, collecting and sharing information across EXT, HQ and with regional and country offices and convening and leading internal coordination meetings where needed.

Manage requests of a non-routine or complex and sensitive nature received by the director HMP; collecting, evaluating and verifying information from diverse sources in order to respond or recommend actions to senior EXT staff.

Coordinate the implementation of a WHO engagement strategy with the private sector.

Strengthen WHO’s engagement with the investment sector to apply a health lens on investment.

Carry out all other tasks as assigned by the Director HMP.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in international or public relations, business administration, communications, social sciences, law, public health or related field.

Desirable: Professional certification or other specific training in external relations.


Essential: At least 7 years of experience in strategic planning, development of policies and strategies and external relations. Experience working for private sector entities in an international context.

Desirable: Demonstrated experience in an international context such as experience with WHO or another organization of the UN system.Similar experience of support to senior leadership in a large organization. Experience in project management and policy analysis or related field would be an asset.


Technical Expertise, Overall attitude at work.

Excellent organizational, project management and negotiation skills.

Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Knowledge of the WHO and UN systems.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Diplomacy, tact and discretion.

Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects and keep deadlines.

Ability to think creatively and strategically.

WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian).


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 75,602 (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 4498 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.

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: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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