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Officer, Polio Resource Mobilization Operations, Global Health

Position Overview

Launched in 1988, after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), along with its partners, has helped countries make incredible progress on polio eradication. Since the initiative was founded, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved and millions more have avoided devastating paralysis. Today, the global incidence of polio has decreased by 99.9%; however, reaching the last mile and eradicating the second human disease in history requires a strong push to the finish line. Resources are urgently needed to ensure that we can finish the job on polio and avoid dangerous backsliding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The GPEI’s Resource Mobilization Group (RMG) conducts advocacy, resource mobilization and communications efforts to help the GPEI implement its resource mobilization and advocacy strategy. The RMG is Co-Chaired by WHO and UNICEF and includes six working groups. Members of the group include GPEI core partners (WHO, UNICEF, U.S. CDC, Rotary International, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi), civil-society partners, consultants and others. The United Nations Foundation serves as the RMG’s Secretariat. The Secretariat’s purpose is to provide operational and strategic support to the RMG Co-Chairs to ensure smooth functioning of the group. 

Working closely with RMG Co-Chairs, UNF polio staff, GPEI partners and other stakeholders, the Polio Resource Mobilization Operations Officer will support the daily work of RMG Co-Chairs (WHO and UNICEF) and coordinate across multiple partners (internal and external to the RMG). The officer will administratively report to UNF’s Senior Director for Global Health. A Polio Resource Mobilization Coordinator is also being recruited to provide the officer with administrative support.

Temporary full-time position with benefits through September 30, 2022 located in Geneva, Washington, DC or New York, NY.

Essential Functions

  • Ensure flow of information between RMG Co-Charis, core group, advocacy partners, external stakeholders
  • Support development, implementation, and monitoring, of resource mobilization strategy and work plan
  • Draft and prepare pre-reads for RMG meetings and various GPEI governance meetings
  • Collate a donor landscape analysis with input from RMG members
  • Support Co-Chairs to prepare GPEI leadership for high-level donor engagement
  • Draft invitations, joint letters, briefings, newsletters as needed by RMG Co-Chairs
  • Support RMG’s engagement with Permanent Missions to the United Nations
  • Streamline RMG meetings and compile agendas in consultation with Co-Chairs
  • Take minutes during RMG calls and track follow-up across partners
  • Serve as day-to-day liaison with GPEI core and extended partners on resource mobilization strategies
  • Serve as RMG focal point for logistics around major resource mobilization milestones (ex. high-level global meetings, RMG workshops)
  • Support the planning and implementation of bi-annual RMG meetings (virtual or in-person)
  • Provide other operational support, as requested/assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: external relations, project management, communications, resource mobilization, public relations, corporate communications, international relations, international development or related field
  • At least 6 to 9 years of experience in resource mobilization, project management and/or stakeholder engagement
  • Experience providing coordination and/or Secretariat support for international teams highly desirable
  • Experience working in partnerships in the global health sphere
  • Exceptional representational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal)
  • Knowledge of an additional United Nations language (especially French or Arabic) desirable
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • This position is based in Geneva, Washington D.C. or New York, NY
  • Ability to travel internationally (approximately 4 trips per year as COVID-19 conditions allow)
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

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