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External Relations Officer job at WHO with annual base salary USD 53,75


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The WHO Afghanistan External Relations and Partnership unit aims to raise predictable and flexible funding by establishing, strengthening, and nurturing partner relations through sustained Partner Engagement. The vision of the EXR unit in the Afghanistan Country Office is to be more effective in delivering on stakeholders’ expectations, leading to improved perception of WHO, diversified funding, and better support to Afghanistan country office towards providing basic health and essential health & meeting SDG targets.


1. Contribute to the development and implementation of an innovative resource mobilization action plan for the Country Office to ensure sustainable financing for core and emergency activities.

2. Research and identify the interests and application requirements of the main donors and other sources of funding to the country.

3. Prepare proposals drafts, donor briefings, reports and updates to ensure accurate and timely reporting.

4. Maintain partner relations through innovative approaches (e.g, quarterly partner briefing); while concisely, clearly and convincingly communicating WHO yearly/biennial strategic direction; proactively contributes in negotiations for rapid donor agreements.

5. Oversee the overall activities related to mobilization of resources, grants management, funding needs and gaps and the awards process.6. Maintain project calendars and milestones; manage and analyse information on projectactivities and monitor progress towards targets using Excel and other project management databases.

7. Liaise with the Regional Office to secure the required clearance, including legal and financial clearances for proposals and donor agreements before signature.

8. Manage multiple projects throughout the project life cycle; monitor implementation rates and reporting deadlines and ensure activities and expenditures are aligned with the terms and conditions set out in individual donor agreements; work closely with procurement, logistics, HR and technical staff to monitor the overall implementation of projects in the country office.

9. Liaise with coordination agencies in the country to ensure that the Country Office participates in system-wide resource mobilization activities and that it effectively engages with staff of Country-Based Pooled Funds to secure funding from those sources.

10. In coordination with the Communication Officer, effectively utilizes the communication products to inform donors about both Health Sector and WHO’s strategies and work to encourage them to fund the overall health sector response to affected populations and to WHO’s strategic plans and proposals.



Essential: University degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, Business Administration, Communications, Marketing, Management or Economics or other related fields from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Specific studies on resource mobilization, partnership building, studies on development and/or humanitarian work. Training in donor intelligence, proposal writing, and general project management.


Essential: At least five years’ related experience in resource mobilization and external relations at the national level.
Desirable: Documented achievements in resource mobilization activities. Experience in WHO, other UN agencies or in similar field. Experience working in emergency context.


▪ Strong interpersonal, representational and organizational skills, with proven ability to facilitate and strengthen the involvement and collaboration of a broad range of internal and external partners.

▪ Demonstrated success in resource mobilization complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and promote consensus.

▪ Excellent analytical and writing skills.

▪ Integrity, tack and discretion.

▪ Ability to work and achieve goals under pressure

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Producing results

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English and the local language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 53,759 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.


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