Jan 112019

Organization: UNOPS
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 07 Feb 2019

Background Information – Job-specific

RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The past fifteen years have seen tremendous gains in reducing the burden of disease and progressing towards malaria elimination. Since 2000, global malaria deaths have been cut by more than half, saving 7 million lives, primarily among children less than five years of age. Expansions in financing, strong political commitments, novel diagnostic and preventative measures, and multi-sectoral co-ordination have facilitated this progress.

Since 1998, RBM Partnership to End Malaria has been central to the global fight against malaria. It has been essential to mobilizing these unprecedented resources and scaled up innovative interventions and to put the world onto a path of eliminating malaria. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners committed to end malaria, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

Despite these gains, malaria still poses a significant threat to public health and sustainable development. WHO report indicates that in 2017, there were 91 countries that reported a total of 219 million cases of malaria cases and 435 000 deaths. Although malaria case incidence has fallen globally since 2010, the rate of decline has stalled and even reversed in some regions since 2014. Worldwide, 11 countries—all but one in sub-Saharan Africa—carry 70% of the global malaria burden.

RBM’s Vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria.

The RBM Partnership is based in Geneva and hosted by UNOPS.

Functional Responsibilities

The role works closely with the Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC) Manager to achieve the core objectives and strategic priorities of the Partnership and the Committee.

The incumbent will provide effective communications and administrative serviceto the SCPC and RBM Secretariat to help advance delivery of the RBM Partnership results, and in particular SCPC in implementing a coordinated global communications strategy for malaria that engages and reaches partners, decision-makers and influencers to help drive political will and mobilize resources that will accelerate global, regional and national efforts to end malaria.

Ensuring provision of effective communications and administrative service to the SCPC Manager as follows:

  • Ensures an environment of professionalism and teamwork at all times, setting exemplary standards of conduct for RBM office and external partners.
  • Establishment of an effective network and exchange of information with partners and adherence to appropriate protocol and correspondence guidelines when communicating with the partners;
  • Management of SCPC Manager’s missions and representation schedule, as well as related travel arrangements
  • Coordinate briefing materials for appointments, meetings and missions, as well as coordinating such requests and taking minutes
  • Complete critical aspects of deliverables with a hands-on approach, that facilitate the SCPC Manager’s ability to effectively lead the RBM processes;
  • Organize conference calls for SCPC and follow-up on discussions points when requested
  • Provision of all other related tasks for the RBM Secretariat Team and the Partner Committee as required/needed.

Contributes to effective partner engagement and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Maintaining and regularly updating the RBM website and assisting Partner Committees and Working Groups in managing their respective sections.
  • Drafting the monthly newsletter and regular SCPC updates.
  • Maintaining and regularly updating RBM social media channels.
  • Maintaining the RBM calendar of events in coordination with RBM Secretariat Team and the Partner Committees.
  • Effectively managing the queries received via general RBM email address and following up with relevant colleagues as may be required.
  • Responsible for maintaining and regularly updating RBM contacts database and distribution lists.

Coordinating the preparation of the SCPC activities, workshops, conferences and other events as follows:

  • Undertake research for SCPC activities and workshops, and drafting of concept notes, reports and other publications
  • Preparation of relevant documents for activities and workshops, in coordination with SCPC Co-chairs and Manager
  • Perform general correspondence with the participants and facilitation of travel if required
  • Contributing to the logistics preparation of the workshop and engage with the suppliers as needed and if required
  • Provision of other related tasks for the preparation of SCPC activities as delegated by the SCPC Co-chairs and Manager
  • Contribute to the organization of events for other Partner Committees if requested


Advanced university degree in Communication, Public Health, Business, Public Administration, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, or related field.
A Bachelor’s degree in these fields will be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree with an additional 2 year of relevant experience.



  • Experience in operational, consulting, external relations, public affairs or international development cooperation.
  • Demonstrated experience with drafting reports, policy documents and presentations.


  • Experience in advocacy and communications work.
  • Experience in a malaria-endemic country is an asset.
  • Familiarity with UN systems, tools and procedures.
  • Proven judgment, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft products.
  • Ability to work under pressure and obtain results.
  • Capacity and willingness to work in a collaborative manner.
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors


English fluency (written and spoken) is required. Fluency in French is desirable.


Strategic Perspective – 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 (for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above).

Integrity and Inclusion – 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.

Leading Self and Others – 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.

Partnering – 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).

Results Orientation – 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.

Agility – 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.

Solutions Focused – 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.

Effective Communication – 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.

Contract Type, Level and Duration:

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: International Specialist Level 1
Contract duration: open-ended, subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

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.
  • 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
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

This position is based in Switzerland and the contract fee is not exempt from Swiss laws, including but not limited to laws regarding taxation, social security, accident and health insurance.

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.


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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