Programme Analyst

UNOPS, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th April, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific:

The Defeat-NCD Partnership was established in January 2018 to help tackle the most significant global health problem of the age: premature death, sickness, disability, and the associated social and economic impacts of selected non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These are projected to cost tens of billions of dollars with the most adverse consequences falling upon the poorer countries and communities.

D-NCD vision is that of a world in which there is universal health coverage for NCDs. This is a direct contribution to the transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to which all nations subscribe.

D-NCD mission is to enable and assist the approximately 100 lower-income and lesser-developed countries to scale-up sustained action against NCDs so that they can progress SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages and, more specifically, to achieve target 3.4 to reduce, by one-third, premature mortality from NCDs by 2030. D-NCD initial focus is on diabetes and hypertension with expansion to other NCDs in due course probably starting with the early detection and treatment of cervical and breast cancer.

D-NCD is a ‘public-private-people’ Partnership that is an autonomous inclusive programme of the United Nations system. D-NCD membership and governance include governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, philanthropic foundations, and the business sector. D-NCD subscribes to the ethical principles of the United Nations Global Compact. D-NCD follows the technical norms and guidance issued by the World Health Organization. D-NCD operating procedures derive from United Nations rules but are designed to be fast and responsive. D-NCD works in a complementary and coordinated way with other health and development actors at all levels.

The D-NCD Partnership is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The secretariat of the D-NCD Partnership is located in Geneva, Switzerland.


UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS’ mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners' expectations. With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that UNOPS can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Functional Responsibilities:

The Analyst will assist the Defeat-NCD Partnership Team. S/he will be a dynamic and highly motivated professional with global health experience. S/he will support the Deputy Chief Executive (Deputy CEO) and relevant Programme and Operations personnel in the development, implementation, and monitoring of country strategy and activities of The Defeat-NCD Partnership, as well as contribute to global knowledge sharing. S/he will support interaction at country, regional, and global levels with a wide range of people within and outside the United Nations system, across member states, civil society, and the business community as well as with the many other stakeholders in The Defeat-NCD Partnership. The position requires good technical and programming design judgement, excellent interpersonal diplomatic skills, and problem solving capability, advocacy and an aptitude for partnership development. This should be underpinned with an analytical mind, clear writing skills and ability to distill strategic debates and options.

The Analyst will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy CEO and in collaboration with other members of The Defeat-NCD Partnership Programmes and Operations teams, and external stakeholders and partners to ensure scaling-up of the action against NCDs at country level, and the distilling and sharing of knowledge and experience at the global level.

The Analyst will perform the following functions:

Coordination and facilitation:

  • Organize and manage the Deputy CEO’s meetings and mission events, prepare written summaries and conduct follow-up activities as appropriate.
  • Coordinate/draft correspondence for the Deputy CEO’s signature.
  • Undertake high quality research and analysis on specific assigned topics in relation to the key elements of the Defeat-NCD Partnership.
  • Assist with ensuring core workflow and outputs on a timely basis, enabling the Deputy CEO to execute his/her management and other responsibilities and ensure s/he is prepared for all meetings – proactively prepare briefing materials, pre-briefing, talking points, speeches, and other materials for all meetings. Ensure that all follow-up from meetings and interactions is communicated to relevant personnel and authorities and is logged and concluded. Support equally core workflows within the Defeat-NCD Partnership secretariat and provide guidance when needed.
  • Attend all meetings with the Deputy CEO as required to ensure effective follow up.
  • Travel with the Deputy CEO, as required. As part of the Executive Office participate pro-actively in the preparation of the travel calendar for the Deputy CEO and ensure that all trips are fully planned and optimized in all respects, including travel arrangements, itinerary, meetings secured, briefing materials, pre-briefing, talking points, speeches and other materials.
  • Finalize notes and minutes upon return from the official mission and distribute as agreed, preparing a mission report according to practice on behalf of the Deputy CEO.

Political and global health analysis and reporting:

  • Identify, analyze and monitor political and global health developments in emerging issues with respect to the implementation of the Partnership’s mandate.
  • Coordinate inputs and draft summary and analytical reports including but not limited to, situation reports, briefing notes, and input for reports for the Deputy CEO.
  • Assist with the development of the annual work plan and assist the Deputy Chief Executive officer in monitoring and communicating the results achieved against the planned goals of The Defeat-NCD Partnership.

Programme support:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with The Defeat-NCD Partnership Secretariat team, external collaborative partners, the broader UN family, donors and other national and international partners on coordination and policy matters.
  • Support the development of The Defeat-NCD Partnership Programme in relevant countries, building on the previous country-scoping mission conducted..
  • Assist on The Defeat-NCD programme development in relevant countries.
  • Collect, analyze and document information, policy briefs, reports, academic journals and news articles, and conduct research and analysis relevant to relevant countries.
  • Prepare briefings for the Deputy CEO in relevant areas related to programme development in relevant countries.
  • Perform any other programme related tasks that may be assigned by the Deputy CEO.

Education: A Master’s Degree in global health or health related discipline is required.


  • Minimum 2 years of post-master's degree professional working experience global health is required.
  • At least one year experience of working in the private sector (pharmaceutical, insurance, logistics and/or finance) is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications is required.
  • High quality drafting and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Able to establish a high level of trust and confidentiality internally, and credibility externally.

Languages: English and French are the working languages at the United Nations. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French would be an asset.


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