External Relations officer vacancy in Geneva to Drive Health Initiatives apply now

External Relations officer vacancy in Geneva to Drive Health Initiatives

In a bid to bolster its external relations team, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announces a Job Posting for a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) role as an External Relations Officer.

Based in the vibrant city of Geneva, Switzerland, at the UNDP Geneva office, this position presents a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about advancing health-related initiatives.

With a closing date set for Saturday, January 6, 2024, interested candidates are urged to submit their applications promptly.

External Relations officer vacancy in Geneva to Drive Health Initiatives apply now

The role is classified as Grade P2 and is designated as a Fixed-Term vacancy within the Health practice area, operating under the Bureau for Management Services.

This one-year contract, with the potential for extension, reflects the commitment of UNDP to drive positive change in global health.

Vacancy overview

  •  Structured guidance and feedback, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing of responsibilities

  •  Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results

  •  Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise

  •  Completion of the Annual Performance Review including learning and development objectives

Development opportunities

  •  Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide

  •  On-going Masterclasses on relevant and inspiring themes

  •  Career development support mechanisms and activities

  •  Networking with fellow JPOs, young professionals and senior UN colleagues

Objective of the WHO Programme/Department:

The office of the Assistant Director General coordinates, guides and oversees the programmatic and administrative cohesion of the departments of the Divisions.

Ensuring optimum delivery of services and output in line with Governing Body resolutions, including the General Programme of Work and the Programme Budget, and within the available resources.

The office also aims to achieve synergies between individual departments, programmes and their implementations, in compliance with the regulatory framework of the Organization.

Duties, Responsibilities and Output expectations

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) will provide technical support in the following areas

1. Assists the Assistant Director-General and the executive team in running cross-cutting projects and provides technical support to high priority initiatives and strategically relevant projects that run out of the executive office, including, but not limited to, the second phase of the Investment Round project, starting in January 2024, after the Executive Board decision.

2. Supports coordination and communications with internal and external partners in exchanging effective information, collecting intelligence and planning the content of meetings of strategic relevance. Prepares background, communication and advocacy materials for meetings to ensure the agenda enables decision-making and information-sharing critical to the progress of the project.

3. Supports external relations through conducting research and political analysis related to the work of the external relations division responding to gaps and needs. Conducts sensitive analysis and dissemination of information. (i.e. donor and other stakeholder analysis, market analysis etc.)

4. Provides technical support, research and analysis to the Assistant Director-General in the drafting and preparation of internal and external strategic communications products.

Qualifications and Experience


Minimum: Advanced university degree in Political Science, Social or Health Sciences, Business Administration, international development, public health or related field.

Desirable: Training/experience in diplomacy, international relations or policy research.

Work experience

Minimum: At least two years of experience some of which in an international context – external relations, working with multiple stakeholders, organizing meetings, communication, and health/development policy analysis, or related field (or any combination of the foregoing).

Desirable: Similar experience of support to senior executive leadership in a large (national or multi-national) organization. Experience of the UN system would be an asset.

Skills required for the assignment:

Minimum: Understanding and knowledge of global health.

Strong strategic and analytical thinker.

Strong analytical and writing skills with an ability to analyse and synthesize information from multiple sources.

Strong professional skills in the development of reports and persuasive documents.

Fluency in spoken and written English.

Excellent computer skills including advanced level power point skills.

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