WHO is recruiting for Partnerships and external relations specialist positions in multiple locations: APPLY NOW!

Grade: P4

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Two Years

Job Posting

: Feb 19, 2024, 10:04:19 AM

Closing Date

: Mar 12, 2024, 1:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Multiple locations


: WP/RDO Office of the Regional Director


: Full-time

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Under the guidance of the External Relations Executive Officer and/or Head of the WHO office, the incumbent will lead the development and implementation of partnerships and external relations’ strategies and plans for joint programming and funding opportunities to deliver WHO’s local country cooperation strategies for Member States’ health and development agendas. The incumbent’s results will enable WHO’s positioning in the local public health context and the office’s successful engagement with high-impact and diverse strategic partners.


The incumbent will perform all or part of the following, and other related responsibilities as required by the needs of the office:

  1. Lead the development and implementation of strategies and plans for engagement with partners covering state (including national, donors, UN partners) and non-state actors (i.e., CSOs/NGOs, philanthropic foundations, academic institutions etc.) toward joint programming and funding opportunities.
  2. Lead research on existing and potential partners profiles; the identification of synergies and opportunities for cooperation and resource mobilization; and the development of concept notes and proposals for collaboration in relation to the strategic goals and programmes of the country office.
  3. Generate initiatives to attract potentially strategic, non-traditional partners.
  4. With the collaboration of WHO headquarters and the regional office, guide the Head of Office in the negotiation and implementation of partnership agreements, as well as plans for mobilizing and allocating resources, securing the required legal and financial clearances.
  5. Manage the development of grant proposals, the monitoring of the implementation of plans for donor contributions, joint programmes, and other relevant activities, and reporting on progress towards target attainment
  6. Coordinate programme staff on the recalibration of inputs, outputs and compliance with the terms and conditions of related legal agreements and documents.
  7. Develop strategies and guide senior management and technical teams in outreach and maintaining relations with the relevant partners including advocating for collaboration/funding and successful dialogue with stakeholders.
  8. Develop policy statements and coordinate briefing and meeting documentation and communications on partnerships activities.
  9. Oversee the office’s database/information management system on donor and partner contacts, intelligence, and resource mobilization.



Essential: Master’s degree in International Relations, or Political Science, or Social Sciences, or Communications, or Marketing, or  Management, or Accounting, or Financial Management, or Business or Public Administration

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  • Qualifications/studies in external relations, communication, resource mobilization, partnership-building, development
  • Training in donor intelligence, or proposal writing, and/or general project management
  • A university degree or equivalent in accounting, financial management, business administration

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: . 


Essential: At least seven years of relevant experience, with proven international exposure, in external relations, partnerships’ building, resource mobilization, and/or grants management, including documented achievements in fundraising activities.

Experience in partnership-building for national and international contexts, ideally, with major public health donors (Central Emergency Response Fund, European Union/ Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Civil Aid Operations (ECHO), Swedish International Development Agency, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, US Agency for International Development/Bureau for
Humanitarian Assistance, Gavi, Global Fund, World Bank)

Desirable: Experience in programme/project management.

Relevant experience in developing country settings, preferably with knowledge of WHO and the UN system.

Some of the above-listed experience to have been obtained at an international level.

Functional knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge and skills to conceive of strategies to market an organization’s comparative advantage.
  • Knowledge and results in delivering public affairs and/or organizational visibility strategies and activities.
  • In-depth knowledge of WHO/UN agency programmes and activities in the country.
  • Demonstrated expertise and results in, external relations, resource mobilization and partnership-building
  • Mastery of diverse funding modalities, e.g., Pooled funding mechanisms, government financing, trust funds, and other funding mechanisms involving national governments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including speechwriting.
  • Proven expertise in writing grant/project proposals and donor reports.
  • Strong interpersonal and engagement skills, with results in building and strengthening collaboration with a broad range of external partners.
  • Ability to lead and engage cross functional teams and achieve results under pressure.
  • Ability to “think out of the box” and develop innovative initiatives, including in the mobilization of resources.
  • Diplomacy and tact

WHO Competencies

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Moving forward in a changing environment

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.

Other Skills:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office


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 77,326 (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 3976 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.

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