Junior Partnerships Specialist - World Health Organization

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Junior Partnerships Specialist - World Health Organization

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Dedicated to the well-being of all people and guided by science, the World Health Organization (WHO) leads and champions global efforts to give everyone, everywhere an equal chance to live a healthy life. Founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health.

WHO leads global efforts to expand universal health coverage. WHO directs and coordinates the world’s response to health emergencies; promotes healthier lives – from pregnancy care through old age. The WHO Triple Billion targets outline an ambitious plan, elaborated in the Thirteenth General Programme of Work (2019-2025), for the world to achieve good health for all using science-based policies and programmes.


This UN Volunteer assignment is part of the WHO Country Office in Ghana. The UN Volunteer will support the work of the WHO Country Office External Relations Officer (P3) to strengthen the office in resource mobilization, advocacy and partnerships with all relevant partners, particularly non-State



Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the External Relations Officer and under the general oversight of WHO Representative, the UNV Junior Partnerships Specialist will:

  • Support implementation of the multi-year WHO Country Office Partnership & Resource Mobilization Strategy and Annual Work Plan aimed at ensuring sustainable financing of core and emergency activities.
  • Identify and promote new partnerships, primarily with non-State actors that include international, regional and local nongovernmental organizations, private sector (including business associations, high-net-worth individuals, etc.), philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions, in line with the WHO Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) through systematically exploring and tapping into opportunities to expand the WHO engagement with non-State actors, facilitating FENSA clearances, agreements and MOUs to formalize those partnerships where appropriate, while working closely with External Relations Officer, the WHO Technical Units and Operations Officer along the process.
  • Ensure the organization of regular FENSA awareness raising and “refresher” training sessions for the WHO Technical Units to facilitate the Country Office compliance with FENSA rules in engagement with non-State actors.
  • Pay a particular emphasis to strengthen the WHO’s engagement and partnership with public and private academic institutions and think tanks, particularly at the local and regional levels.
  • Support External Relations Officer in partner engagement and fundraising for the activities of the Multi-Country Assignment Team (MCAT), hosted by Ghana, consisting of high-level health technical experts who provide critical support to Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
  • Assist in partner intelligence, through systematically updating key in-house tools, such as Partner Mapping, Partner Database, Partner Profiles, etc. as required, while developing and maintaining deep knowledge and familiarity with current and prospective partners (particularly non-State actors) and relevant stakeholders.
  • Strengthen the office culture with regard to the application of Results-Based Management and robust Monitoring and Evaluation practices.
  • Contribute to ensuring quality and timely reporting to donors and in the context of the UN inter-agency work in line with the organizational requirements on result-oriented reporting through collaboration with the WHO Technical Units.
  • Support systematic donor visibility and knowledge management in collaboration with External Relations Officer and Communications Officer.
  • Provide general support to External Relations Officer and the WHO Technical Units in overall partners engagement, quality proposal and report writing, partner visibility and knowledge management (collaborating with the Communications Officer) and other duties as required to develop, manage, and sustain partnerships at the WHO Country Office level.



Required experience

  • 3 years of experience in relevant positions involving proposal development and donor liaison;
  • Experience in engagement with the private sector is preferred;
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization is an asset.



Other desired technical knowledge:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining good relationships with institutional donors or corporations;
  • Proven ability to engage with and quickly forge strong working relationships with a wide variety of diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, and reporting skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Results-oriented;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;

Area(s) of expertise

  • Communication, Development programmes, Social work
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