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WHO seeks Governance and Board Relations Manager

WHO 5<y Senior Level  Genève, Genève, Schweiz 28 Jul 2017

Job Description

Governance and Board Relations Manager 


UNITAID is a multilateral partnership hosted by the World Health Organization. UNITAID is focused on making a unique and impactful contribution to the global response against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis,and malaria in developing countries. It catalyses improvements for the larger response through forward-looking and time-limited investments that are designed to increase access to better, more effective and more affordable health products (i.e. preventatives, medicines and diagnostics). These investments typically target market-based interventions such as price reductions, improvements in quality and supply, and the introduction of innovative products more suitable for the populations in need.


Reporting to the Coordinator External Relations and working in close collaboration with the Executive Office and other Unit Heads and team managers of the Secretariat, the Governance and Board Relations Manager is responsible for efficient functioning of the UNITAID’s governance structures. Specific tasks include, but not limited to:

1. Guide the development of agenda and support the conduct of the Board meetings, including writing the Executive Board Chair’s briefings, ensuring orderly proceeding for plenary sessions, committees and Working groups.

2. Be the liaison focal point to answer queries from delegations, collecting and disseminating the necessary information, providing reference and official documentation.

3. Be responsible for monitoring effectiveness, suggesting improvements in Governance processes and procedures and handling of politically sensitive issues.

4. Provide professional, comprehensive and substantive support to the governance structures to ensure the smooth functioning and efficient management of these structures.

5. Maintain excellent communication channels between the UNITAID Board and Secretariat, through proactive, effective and continuous flow of information. As a result any Board concerns are rapidly communicated to relevant Secretariat teams for response.

6. Liaise with other relevant Board Relations structures of other organizations to ensure that appropriate information regarding these other organizations are taken into consideration in the management of the Executive Board and Committees, agendas and schedules.

7. Upon delegation, be a UNITAID representative at internal and external events, stakeholder working groups, and selected initiatives, as required by the ER Unit.

9. Support all relevant aspects of the UNITAID external relations, by advising the Coordinator ER to maintain and enhance major partner relationships towards ensuring political support and resource availability for the implementation of the UTD strategy and work plans.

10. Guide and support the annual work plan development, activity budget and costs as related to the External Relations (ER) unit.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in health, social sciences, economics, international relations or related fields.
Desirable: Degree or equivalent in public health and/or development studies.


Essential: At least seven years’ relevant experience in the field of development and international relations. Demonstrated experience in representing countries/constituencies on Governance structures in Public Health. Experience in working with governance committees. Experience in health projects in at least one of the three UNITAID niches (HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria).
Desirable: Experience working in an international cross cultural environment. Experience working in an environment that is politically sensitive and highly visible.


High level administrative, management and negotiating skills, and the capacity to build effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in a complex partnership environment . Very good hands-on management style and the ability to address and resolve issues efficiently and deliver results. Flexibility and ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Superior relationships management, excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task and attention to details. Excellent judgment and rigorous analytical skills. Excellent writing and communication skills. Experience and enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment. Willingness to travel (approx. 20%) and work under bursts of high pressure. A successful track record of working with complex and sensitive issues and interacting with individuals, high level government officials, and intergovernmental bodies. Demonstrated tact and diplomacy skills and discretion in handling politically sensitive issues allied with superior judgment in evaluating opportunities and risks. Ability to mediate and negotiate complicated crisis issues.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English and French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Spanish.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 70,647 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4775 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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  • UNITAID is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO, located outside WHO premises in Blandonnet, 1214 Vernier/Geneva.


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