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Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer

Job categories: Health, Leadership, Programme Management

Vacancy code: VA/2022/B5146/24061

Level: ICS-14

Department/office: ECR, GVA, RBM Partnership (RBM)

Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract level: D2

Duration: 12 months on initial appointment, renewable subject to available funding and satisfactory performance

Application period: 08-Aug-2022 to 05-Sep-2022

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Background Information - ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

Background Information - Job-specific

RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the largest global platform for coordinated action towards a world free from malaria. It is comprised of over 500 partners - from community health worker groups and researchers developing new tools, to malaria-affected and donor countries, businesses and international organisations. 

Since its inception in 1998, the RBM Partnership has played a critical role in global efforts that reduced malaria deaths by half and saved 10.6 million lives. The Partnership is now committed to building on these significant gains and ending malaria for good.

Expansions in financing, strong political commitments, novel diagnostic and preventative measures, and multi-sectoral coordination have facilitated this progress. The RBM Partnership is central to the global fight against malaria and has played an essential role in mobilising political will and financial resources, as well as scaling up innovative interventions to put the world on a path to eliminating malaria.

Despite these gains, malaria still poses a significant threat to public health and sustainable development. Malaria continues to affect the poorest and most marginalised disproportionately and restricts human development and poverty alleviation. The African continent accounts for over 90% of the global malaria burden, and therefore stands to gain most from malaria elimination.

Malaria is a smart investment that contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty and ensuring quality education. 

The RBM Partnership's Vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria

The RBM Partnership is a global health initiative created to implement coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action, and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is composed of a multitude of partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions. The partners join the RBM Partnership on a voluntary basis through their commitment a malaria free world.

The role and responsibility of the Partnership or its mechanisms is to convene, coordinate, convene, facilitate communication and track progress against key milestones and targets. Implementation has been a role for the individual partners – alone or collectively – to undertake. Going forward, there will be a specific and strong focus of collaboration with regional entities, as the effort to eliminate malaria will be a region-by-region one, not a “top-down” global campaign.  The RBM Partnership has provided value to Partners through the following three roles and responsibilities:

  • Convene: The Partnership brings together all interested parties (public and private sector) to jointly work together towards a malaria free world and to overcome challenges to that goal.

  • Coordinate: The Partnership, through its mechanisms, co-ordinates the work of the individual partners to ensure that each partner’s efforts are aligned with those of the others, duplication and inefficiencies are avoided, collaboration between partners is facilitated, and common challenges are addressed co-operatively.

  • Facilitate Communication: By bringing together partners, the Partnership can ensure that partners are communicating with one another, sharing experience and best practice, and ensuring that challenges or bottlenecks identified are brought to the attention of the entire Partnership as appropriate.

The key Partnership mechanisms are:

  • The Partnership Board

  • Management Team, led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

  • Partner Committees – focused on the three priorities of the Partnership: 

    • Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

    • Strategic Communications

    • Country/Regional Support

  • Working Groups – managed and led by Partners, will continue to provide venues for Partners to share information and collaborate on specialized topics. 

End Malaria Council – engaged in high-level advocacy and mobilize global actors to work towards achieving the Partnership Strategy, leveraging its members’ unique positions as senior global leaders from across sectors and geographies.

In Geneva, UNOPS is the legal and administrative host for a number of partnerships, including the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.

Functional Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the development of the Partnership strategy, in alignment with the strategic direction set by the Board and subject to approval of the Board. The CEO is also responsible for the development of annual operating plans and budgets, and for resource mobilisation for the Partnership with guidance and support of the Partnership Board. The CEO leads the Partnership secretariat in implementing the strategy and operating plans approved by the Board and works with regional entities to ensure that regions and countries are empowered to address malaria. He or she is the public face of the Partnership and its mechanisms on a day-to-day basis. 

The CEO RBM reports directly to the RBM Board through the Board Chair, and for legal and administrative requirements, the CEO RBM reports to the UNOPS Europe and Central Asia Regional Director.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Partnership Secretariat 

  • Define and revise as needed the structure and role descriptions of the Partnership secretariat. 

  • Provide day-to-day leadership—including coordinating implementation of activities and budget execution by the Partnership secretariat —and oversight of the Partnership secretariat staff, including rigorous performance appraisals. 

  • Recruit staff for the Partnership secretariat. 

Strategy and Planning 

  • Development of the Partnership strategy, in alignment with the strategic direction set by the Board and subject to the approval of the Board.

  • Development of annual operating plans and budgets.

  • Resource mobilisation for the Partnership with guidance and support of the Partnership Board.

  • The above will be undertaken with close collaboration with the Board, the Partner Committee Coordination Team (PCCT), and relevant Partnership mechanisms. 

  • Monitor the Partnership’s progress towards key targets and regularly report to the Board. 

  • Escalate to the Board at an early stage any Partnership operational challenges that need Board support, including any resource deficiencies. 

  • Identify opportunities to grow and strengthen the Partnership. 

Board 

  • Support the efforts of the Board, End Malaria Council, and Partner Committees to mobilize resources for the global fight against malaria. 

  • Lead fundraising for the Partnership operations. 

  • Participate in meetings of the Board as a non-voting member. 

  • Communicate on a regular basis with the Chair of the Board. 

Advocacy and Communications 

  • Update all Partners, including key donors and affected countries, directly on progress against the Partnership Strategy and deliverables. 

  • Liaise with other key relevant partnerships and agencies, including regional entities. 

  • Ensure that malaria remains high on the global health and development agenda. 

Impact of Results

Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Managers and staff within the Division, Department, Office. Senior Staff within the UN Secretariat, Missions Heads and other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialised agencies. Representatives of governments and representatives of non-governmental organisations. Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies.  

Results expected: Effectively managed and supervised divisional programmes; coherent framework to guide programmes; final services/products are integrated in the programmes of the Division/Office. Proven leadership in the development of innovative programmes with significant impact on the overall effectiveness of the United Nations. Intellectual and professional leadership for overall strategy, quality, delivery and results. 

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
 
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language Requirements

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in public health, social science, international development, public policy and administration, or related area.
  • Specialization in infectious diseases or tropical diseases is an asset.

Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible experience in policy formulation, advocacy, strategy development, resource mobilization, programme management, or related area, preferably with a mix of service in either the public, private, or non-profit sectors at an international level.
  • Experience working with policymakers and advocates for global, regional and country level policy and advocacy, with preference for working knowledge of global malaria policy institutions/partnerships and malaria affected and eliminating countries.
  • Experience in public health or social development involving work with community organizations, private sector, entrepreneurs, local governments.
  • Experience working in one or more malaria-endemic countries.
  • Experience in partnership building and management with various organizations such as multi-stakeholder initiatives, UN agencies, NGOs, governmental organizations, donors, private sector, foundations, civil society.
  • Experience of the management of multidisciplinary teams in complex projects/initiatives with proven ability to handle financial and human resources.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of health/ development issues and build political/financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental, private, and non-state organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership roles requiring strong analytical, writing and management skills.
  • Proven track record of building trust-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience creating and executing strategies that persuade key stakeholders to take action that will advance shared interests and business goals.
  • Aptitude to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • Media management skills are highly desirable.

Languages

  • Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; good working knowledge of French is highly desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Staff

Contract level: D2 / ICS-14

Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

For more details about United Nations staff contracts, please follow this linkhttps://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/UN-Staff-Contracts.aspx

Additional Considerations:

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • Geneva, Switzerland is classified as a family duty station.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS:

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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