External Relations Officer

World Health Organisation, Niamey, Niger

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd December, 2020

Job Description


The external relations unit of the country office will strengthen the office's capacities in terms of resource mobilization, advocacy and partnership with all relevant partners, including non-state actors. The External Relations Officer will act as the senior advisor to the WHO Representative and the country office for resource mobilization, advocacy and partnership activities. As a key member of the Country Office Senior Management Team (SMO), the External Relations Officer will coordinate, expand, develop and oversee funding for country offices and associated partnerships.


At the country level, the incumbent will carry out the following activities: develop and implement a resource mobilization plan for the country based on the needs expressed in the country support plans; research existing and potential donors; develop proposals, organize briefings, write reports and briefing points for donors; ensure compliance with WHO and donor requirements; coordinate all general and day-to-day activities to ensure rapid and sustainable funding for the effective implementation of country support plans and ensure accurate and timely reporting.


  • The incumbent will be entrusted with some or all of the responsibilities listed below, which he or she will fulfill according to the needs and the program.
  • develop and implement an innovative resource mobilization action plan for the country office to ensure sustainable funding for basic and emergency activities;
  • undertake research on the interests and demands of major donors and other funding sources in the country; write proposals, organize briefings, develop reports and donor inquiry points to ensure accurate and timely reporting;
  • maintain relationships with partners through innovative approaches (eg quarterly information meetings with partners), while communicating in a concise, clear and convincing manner WHO's annual / biennial strategic direction; proactively contribute to negotiations for early agreements with donors;
  • oversee all activities related to resource mobilization, grant management, funding needs and gaps as well as the award process; maintain project schedules and milestones; Analyze information regarding project activities and monitor progress towards goal achievement using various project management databases;
  • liaise with regional offices to obtain required approvals, including legal and financial approvals for proposals and donor agreements prior to signature.
  • manage several projects throughout their life cycle; monitor execution rates and reporting deadlines and ensure that activities and expenditures comply with the conditions set out in individual donor agreements; work closely with procurement, logistics, human resources and technical services staff to monitor overall project execution in the country office;
  • liaise with coordinating bodies in the country to ensure that the country office participates in system-wide resource mobilization activities and collaborates effectively with pooled fund staff at country level countries to obtain funding from these sources;
  • in coordination with the Communications Officer, use communications products effectively to inform donors about health sector and WHO strategies and encourage them to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations and to plans and WHO strategic proposals;
  • perform any other relevant task, at the request of the supervisor.



  • Essential : a university degree in social sciences, international relations, political science, business administration, communication, marketing, management or economics obtained from an accredited or recognized institution.
  • Desirable : specific studies on resource mobilization, partnership building, development and / or humanitarian action. Have completed training in donor intelligence, proposal writing and general project management.


  • Essential : at least five (5) years of related experience, acquired at the national and international levels, in the areas of resource mobilization and external relations. Have proven achievements in resource mobilization activities.
  • Desirable : Experience in WHO, other United Nations organizations or in a similar field. Have experience of working in an emergency context.


  • Essential : Excellent knowledge of French.


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