Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Advisor (External Relations & Patnerships) - WHO (Apply by: October 27, 2015)

Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/15/FT512

Title: Advisor, External Relations & Partnerships

Grade: P4

Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment

Duration of contract:  Two years, first year probationary period.
Date: 28 September 2015

Application Deadline: 27 October 2015
27 day(s) until closing deadline)
Currently accepting applications

Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMCO Countries (AM_ACO)
External Relations, Partnerships & Resource Morbilization (ERP)/Deputy Director (DD)

The mission of the External Relations and Resource Mobilization (ERP) Department is to mobilize political support, financial resources, and strategic alliances to support the hemispheric health strategies and goals of PAHO towards improvement in the lives of the people in the Americas. ERP manages the PAHO Secretariat's diplomatic functions and supports Member States and the PAHO Director in the fulfillment of their mandates.

Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director (DD), and the direct supervision of the Director, External Relations, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization (ERP), and in close coordination with the relevant technical programs and country offices, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide strategic external relations advice for the development of partnerships to contribute to the development and implementation of the Organization's political engagement strategy with the relevant Stakeholders and policy makers ensuring strategic communication and interaction;
b) Advise and support governments and the Organization to develop strategies to select and approach donors; participate in negotiations and consultations with developing agencies and, when necessary, at the country level in preparatory activities leading to such requests;
c) Conduct research and identify potential areas for alliances and partnerships development at the country, sub regional and regional levels, and in bringing these to the attention of the proper authorities within developing agencies and the Organization;
d) Build and facilitate external collaboration with the work of the Organization according to the priorities set forth in the PAHO Strategic Plan and Biennial Work Plan;
e) Advise and support effective internal and external communication and enhanced visibility regarding PAHO's work in external relations in coordination with other Technical Departments;
f) Contribute to ensuring that PAHO's presence and public health priorities are included on the Regional and Global health agendas;
g) Analyze inputs from different areas of the Organization and country offices for the participation of PAHO in high level meetings, as appropriate, and prepare relevant analytical documents;
h) Analyze and provide advice to the ERP Director on relevant topics related to the United Nations (UN) Process and related policies and managerial issues, including the Post 2015 Development Agenda; review of current information, follow up of United Nations Development Group (UNDG) processes and collaboration with relevant units in PAHO, WHO, and PWRs;
i) Serve as PAHO focal point for all matters related to the UNDG Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) group, including, in coordination with the ERP Director, providing to the PAHO Director strategic input, preparing and following-up of the UNDG LAC work plan and on United Nations Country Team (UNCT) processes. Analyze outcomes and commitments of UNDG LAC meetings and coordinate action and follow up with the PAHO Director's Office, respective technical units; analyze and coordinate preparation of proposal for interagency work on health issues;
j) Serve as a member of the UNDG LAC Peer Support Group (PSG), collaborating with the different processes related to UNDAF development and roll-out in the countries of the Region;
k) Contribute to strengthening relations with the UN regional staff to plan, analyze and coordinate interagency activities within the UN system; analyze information and proposals, prepare reports and advise the Director on UN Reform and the participation of PAHO in the process;
l) Strengthen relations and improve coordination with WHO to enhance harmonization and alignment;
m) Participate in the orientation or other preparatory missions of partner organizations;
n) Collaborate with PBU and CSC and other technical units to ensure that all the necessary technical, financial, economic and managerial aspects of a new partnership are carefully considered and taken into account;
o) Advise and provide training to other PAHO staff members in the skills needed for international negotiation resource mobilization, establishment of alliances and partnerships, as well as preparation of sound project monitoring, and fundraising; contribute to the development and institutionalization of Health Diplomacy as a competency of PAHO staff;
p) Identify opportunities to advance health priorities in global and hemispheric efforts, including important political agendas, and fora;
q) Analyze and prepare reports on the policies and strategies of the United Nations, Inter-American system, and bilateral agencies; advising on the best approaches to develop strategic alliances and partnerships;
r) Foster the involvement of non-traditional partners in project funding and implementation, such as NGOs, foundations and private sector institutions;
s) Participate in the process of identification of potential areas for project development at the country, subregional and regional levels, and in bringing these to the attention of the proper authorities within funding agencies and the Organization;
t) Advise governments, the Organization and potential funding agencies in formulating health projects; ensuring that their design is sound from the technical, managerial, economic and administrative point of view, and that they conform to the policies and priorities of the countries, PAHO, and the funding agency; participate in interprogrammatic activities related to preparatory measures for such projects in PAHO; develop strategies to select and approach donors; participate in negotiations and consultations with funding agencies and, when necessary, at the country level in preparatory activities leading to such requests;
u) Collaborate in the Project Review Process to ensure that all the necessary technical, financial, economic and managerial aspects of a proposed project are carefully considered and taken into account;
v) Perform other related duties, as assigned.
A bachelor and a master's degree in economics, law, public policy, business administration, international relations, political sciences, global health and/or medicine, or a related field from a recognized university.

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:
-- Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
-- Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting: After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one's area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.
-- Communication: Actively engages in conversation with the key players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the organization. Develops a network of appropriate contacts inside and outside PAHO to gain information or to build an alliance. Takes into consideration the multicultural differences within the organization.
-- Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one's own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team's successes and failures.
-- Interinstitutional and Intersectoral Action: Demonstrates, through measurable results, effective participation in decision-making spheres where policy priorities are set. Oversees activities/interventions designed to meet the needs of users and interinstitutional and intersectoral partners, while promoting the consolidation of productive partnerships in terms of the Organization's mission.
-- Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.
-- Resource Mobilization: Establishes partnerships and alliances with a variety of institutions and organizations as well as internal partnerships to obtain financial and non-financial resources. Is able to relate with all types of people and at all levels in order to obtain resources that are needed. Is able to present and disseminate information in a clear manner. Executes resources according to the agreements previously established with partnerships.

Technical Expertise
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of partnership development strategies, policy analysis and relationship development involving external partners.
- Theoretical and practical expertise and ability to analyze political and institutional issues and challenges in health and development, at national, regional, and global level and provide actionable recommendations with the capacity to implement.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of partnership development strategies, policy analysis and relationship development involving external partners.
- Strong interpersonal skills; diplomacy, tact and ability to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; ability to develop and coordinate networks with relevant players in the international health field.
- Excellent analytical skills in performing complex analyses on a wide range of factors, requirements, priorities for the assessment and implementation of activities in multi sectoral and multi cultural environments.
- Knowledge of policies and programs involved in international cooperation in health and the role and policies of key governmental and non-governmental institutions.
- Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and deals with clients on difficult and sensitive areas; ability to present difficult recommendations on health and development topics, and on partnering for common goals.
- Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.

IT Skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Microsoft SharePoint and Project will be an asset.
Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience working in key areas of multilateral organizations, including responsibilities for negotiating, planning, establishing and strengthening relations with governments and other international and national authorities.
Desirable: Experience working in the United Nations system, Inter-American system, multilateral lending institutions, and development cooperation agency, in the department of international affairs within national governmental organizations, non-governmental organization, or foundations would be an asset.
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US $68,294.00 at single rate
US $73,338.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 48.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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