Advisor, External Relations & Partnerships


This requisition is for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)

The mission of the External Relations, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization (ERP) Department is to lead the official relationships between the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) and the international community; mobilize political leadership and support, especially in high-level political fora; lead, guide and facilitate resource mobilization at the international level, and build partnerships and collaborative arrangements to support PAHO and the Region’s health strategies and goals. ERP manages the PAHO Secretariat’s diplomatic functions, e.g. with Ambassadors, and supports Member States and the PAHO Director to attain health priorities and objectives enabling health as central to development and economic growth. 


Under the direct supervision of the Director, External Relations, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization (ERP), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:

  • Provide strategic external relations advice and guidance for the development of partnerships to contribute to the establishment and implementation of the Organization’s political engagement strategy with the relevant stakeholders and policy makers, ensuring strategic communication and interaction;
  • Advise and guide governments and the Organization to develop strategies to select and approach donors; participate in negotiations and consultations with international, regional and development agencies and, when necessary, at the country level in preparatory activities leading to such requests;
  • Participate in and advise on global policy processes relevant to PAHO-related issues;
  • Conduct research and identify potential areas for alliances and partnerships development at the country, subregional and regional levels; ensure that these are brought to the attention of the proper authorities within development agencies and the Organization;
  • 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; 
  • 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;
  • Collaborate and ensure that PAHO’s presence and public health priorities are included in the Regional and Global health agendas;
  • Analyze inputs from different areas of the Organization and country offices to facilitate the participation of PAHO in high level meetings, as appropriate, and prepare relevant analytical documents;
  • Analyze and provide advice to the ERP Director on relevant topics related to OAS portfolio, the United Nations (UN) Process and related policies and managerial issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals; review current information, follow up on the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) processes and collaboration with relevant units in PAHO, WHO, and PWRs;
  • Support the New Agenda on External Relations for the Organization, to strengthen the EXR functions as a continuum with resource mobilization and partnerships; 
  • Strengthen relations and improve coordination with WHO to enhance harmonization and alignment;
  • Participate in the orientation or other preparatory missions of the partner organizations; 
  • Collaborate with PBE 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;
  • Liaise with CSC, to promote and support Cooperation among Countries for Health Development (CCHD) projects and South-South Cooperation; 
  • 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;
  • Identify opportunities to advance health priorities in global and hemispheric efforts, including important political agendas, and fora;
  • 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;  
  • Foster the involvement of non-traditional partners in project funding and implementation, such as NGO foundations and private sector institutions;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Collaborate in the Project Review Process to ensure that all the necessary technical, financial, economic and managerial aspects of proposed projects are carefully considered and taken into account;
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.



  • Essential: A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in economics, law, public policy, finance, business administration, international relations, political sciences, global health, or in any other field related to the functions of the post 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).


  • Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience working in key areas of multilateral organizations, including responsibilities for negotiation, 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 agencies, in the department of international affairs within national governmental organizations, non-governmental organization, or foundations would be an asset.


PAHO Competencies:

  • Overall attitude at work: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior; is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences:  Relate well to diversity in others and capitalize on such diversity - Relates well to diversity in others and capitalizes on such diversity. Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well to people with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and/or positions; examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considers issues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.
  • Teamwork: Collaborate and cooperate with others - Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve and build rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the team’s successes and shortcomings.
  • Communication: Write effectively/Share knowledge - Writes down ideas in a clear, structured, logical and credible way; drafts and supports the development of guidelines, policies and procedures. Shares relevant information openly and ensures that the shared information is understood; considers knowledge sharing as a constructive working method and demonstrates awareness of the Organization.
  • Producing Results: Work efficiently and independently/Deliver quality results - Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs. Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives. Consistently solves own and team’s problems effectively as needed. Proactively engages in projects and initiatives, accepting demanding goals, in line with Organizational Strategies and Program of Work. Demonstrates accountability for work of team and sets an example, while explicitly articulating lessons learnt for own and team’s benefit.
  • Ensuring effective use of resources:   Strategize and set clear objectives/Monitor progress and use resources well - Sets specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely objectives for own team and/or the Organization; systematically analyses and anticipates priority projects for own team and allocates necessary resources to achieve them; identifies the cross-Organizational resources needed for large- scale projects in line with key Organizational objectives.  Anticipates foreseeable changes and adapts own and team’s projects in the face of unforeseen circumstances and/ or challenges; creates measures and criteria to monitor progress of overall projects against key Organizational objectives; creates cost-effective solutions for the Organization.
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond:  Develop networks and partnerships and encourage collaboration - Builds and negotiates strategic partnerships and alliances with a wide range of key stakeholders to ensure Organizational results and success.  Creates innovative opportunities for promoting synergies inside and outside the Organization to improve Organizational success.

Technical Expertise:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of international technical cooperation, with emphasis on the preparation and management of international cooperation programs and projects.
  • 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.
  • Mature judgment, strong analytical, conceptual, and project development skills; demonstrated ability to assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendations on key programmatic issues.
  • Ability to integrate managerial and technical inputs into recommendations for the decision-making process; ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment.
  • Ability to create and advocate innovative approaches to facilitate and enhance technical cooperation, as well as monitoring of these processes.
  • Practical knowledge of results-based management concepts and tools and their applications, especially related to situation analysis, outcome and output formulation, and indicator development.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills combined with strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and summary documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.


  • Very good knowledge of Spanish or English, with a working knowledge of the other.  Knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an asset.