External Relations Officer, P3

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External Relations Officer, P3 2

Position description

The mandate of the WHO Liaison Office to the AU and ECA is to build constructive partnerships with the AU organs and the UNECA to advance the continental public health agenda. This includes influencing the AU and its specialised agencies and the UNECA debates and actions on health, technical collaboration across health and health-related issues and monitoring developments at the continental level relevant to WHO.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of the WHO Liaison Office to the AU and ECA, the incumbent will perform the following functions: Generate intelligence on the evolving health interests of UN partners, and main health donors working with the AU for possible use by WHO in strengthening partnerships and raising resources. Support the drafting of proposals by WHO programs, development of donor briefings, reports, and feedback on WHO collaboration with AU and UNECA Maintain external relations through innovative approaches (e.g., quarterly partner briefings on WHO’s work with the AU and UNECA); while concisely, clearly, and convincingly communicating WHO’s overall work on the African Continent Work with Africa CDC and AUC communications counterparts to prepare joint communication and joint actions including revision of joint action plans and cooperation frameworks Develop regular internal and external communication products in liaison with WHO Communication teams including using social media platforms



  • Essential: First University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, Business Administration, Communications, Public Health, Management or Economics from an accredited/recognized institute;
  • Desirable: Additional certificate/diploma/degree in resource mobilization and communicating about partnerships. Training in, donor intelligence, proposal writing, and general project management. Masters degree in the relevant areas will be an advantage.


  • Essential: At least five years’ related experience, at the national and international level, in external relations, resources mobilization and/or communications. Documented achievements in resource mobilization activities;
  • Desirable: Experience in WHO, other UN agencies or in similar field.


  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Excellent analytical and writing skills. Integrity, tact and discretion. Ability to work and achieve goals under pressure.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork;
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences;
  • Communication;
  • Producing results;
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French;
  • Desirable: The above language requirements are interchangeable.

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