External Relations Officer

World Health Organisation(WHO), Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationMedia and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th September, 2015

Job Description

Purpose of the Post:

- To manage the resource mobilization and the donor relations in EMRO.

Organizational Context:

- The incumbent will lead the work of the Resource Mobilization and Donor relations in the EMR with a special emphasis on emergencies.
- The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Director and will be involved in contacts with donors and external partners.
- He/she will coordinate donor-related activities with WRs and Directors in the RO, as well as with counterparts at HQ.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

External Relations:
- Manage, strengthen and expand partnerships based on needs, available intelligence, articulated programmatic approaches and funding opportunities.
- Provide timely and accurate analysis of the strategic relationships and external positioning of the Organization. Develop and implement strategies to strengthen external relations and positioning of the Organization.
- At the request of the Regional Director, represent the Organization within the delegated authority and advocate for the Organization's mandate. Engage on behalf of EMRO in Organization-wide partnerships and resource mobilization policy discussions and focal groups (e.g. GRMCT).

Resource Mobilization:
- Undertake initiatives and activities to obtain the funds and resources needed to sustain and improve EMRO's programmes and operations as outlined in the Medium Term Strategic Plan and General Programme of Work.
- Monitor donor policies, trends and funding mechanisms for development and humanitarian assistance to update the resource mobilization strategies and share regular intelligence internally and externally, to promote coherence of messaging and to foster alignment.
- Lead and coordinate the implementation of resource mobilization strategies and activities that relate to fundraising, incorporating the principles and practice of synchronized efforts and coherent messaging. Guide communications officers in identifying/producing messaging, materials and activities to stimulate donors' financial support and visibility.
- Ensure fund raising for humanitarian assistance appeals, projects and activities by promoting WHO profile in emergencies through strategic fora, such as regional interagency taskforces and World Humanitarian Summit.

Resource management:
- Advise and promote best practice for grant management through grant management approaches.
- Advise and oversee funding proposals and agreements, including UN consolidated and flash appeals, donor reports and other related matters and monitor fulfillment of the terms of contribution agreements.


- Essential: Master Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Communications, International Development or related field.
- WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Excellent communication (verbal and written) and strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
- Ability to interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
- Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities to resource mobilization.
- Diplomatic skills, cultural and political sensitivity.
- Good negotiation and advocacy skills.

Other Skills:

- Knowledge of office software applications.


- Essential: 10 years of experience at the national and international levels in external relations and/or resource mobilization. Experience in a large international or governmental organization.
- Desirable: Experience in the area of external relations and resource mobilization in international organizations and the United Nations system.


- Excellent knowledge of English.
- Knowledge of other WHO working languages is an advantage.

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