Partnerships Officer

World Health Organisation, Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd December, 2020

Job Description


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.


During deployment, the duty station may change, and duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

  •  Develop a resource mobilization plan for the incident management system based on existing and potential donors and fundraising mechanisms. In coordination with relevant technical officers, develop a "Donor brief and funding request" and other WHO and UN appeal documents based on WHO's strategy; to be used as an advocacy tool.
  •  In close coordination with project management and planning officers, manage the overall and day-to-day activities related to mobilization of resources, monitoring and tracking funding needs and gaps.
  •  Liaise with HQ on the required legal and financial clearances and engagement with donors whose agreements are managed by HQ e.g. CERF, DFID, ECHO, and OFDA/USAID, etc.
  •  In coordination with relevant technical officers at the three levels of the organization, develop specific project proposals in compliance with both WHO and donor requirements.  Research the interests and application requirements of the main donors and other sources of funding to the country. Provide technical advice to the Incident Manager and HCO on opportunities.
  •  Identify and partner with main humanitarian donors to the country (in consultation with HQ and Regional Office resource mobilization teams). Represent the WHO incident management team at donor coordination meetings; proactively contribute in negotiations for rapid donor agreements.
  •  Establish and manage a network of donor contacts, track proposals submitted, funds pledged/received and donor agreement implementation requirements (implementation deadlines, earmarking for specific activities, visibility requests, reporting, etc.). Liaise with technical officers, budget and planning staff to ensure that allocation of funds is in compliance with donor requirements.
  •  Report on expected results and resource mobilization activities in compliance with related documents to be disseminated among donors, and draft specific reports to donors as stated in legal agreements.
  •  Liaise with the local representatives of OCHA or other coordination agencies in the country to ensure that WHO information and updates are adequately captured in the respective situation reports, donor briefs and other relevant documents.
  •  In coordination with the Communication and Advocacy Officer, effectively utilize the communication products and advocacy material in convincing and encouraging donors to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations. If required, research, write and edit information materials in support to resource mobilization activities, including success stories.
  •  Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



  • Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters level or above) in social sciences, international relations, political sciences, business, communications, marketing, management or economics from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Specific studies on resource mobilization, communication, studies on development and/or humanitarian work. Training in donor intelligence, proposal writing, and general project management.


  • Essential: At least seven years' related experience, at the national and international level, in resource mobilization and external relations. Documented achievements in fundraising activities, part of which supporting humanitarian emergency or health outbreak response and recovery activities. • Proven experience in writing resource mobilization proposals, donor reports and related documents.
  • Desirable: Prior working experience with WHO/UN, health cluster partners or with an international nongovernmental or recognized humanitarian organization.


  • Strong interpersonal, representational and organizational skills, with proven ability to facilitate and strengthen the involvement and collaboration of a broad range of internal and external partners.
  •  Demonstrated success in resource mobilization complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and promote consensus.
  •  Integrity, tack and discretion.
  •  Ability to work and achieve goals under pressure.
  •  Sound understanding of the impact of emergencies and crises on social and economic development, and its burden on populations.
  •  Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals as related to mobilization of resources.
  •  Good knowledge of WHO mandate and goals in the emergency incident management context is an asset.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


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