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Senior Corporate Partnership Manager
World Health Organization (WHO)
EM/CRP Communication, Resource Mobilization and Partnership
Grade: P5, Chief and Senior Professional
Close on 1 Jul 2021
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Position number 421472


The Partnerships is a newly established programme dedicated to enabling and leading WHO/EMRO’s partnership efforts that are efficiently and effectively prioritized and planned by, with and across WHO/EMRO and country offices. This will ensure collaborative versus “siloed” partner engagements that are also given needed visibility and recognition across all relevant WHO/EMRO communications platforms and channels. The “Partnerships” is one of three new programmatic “pillars” that make up the WHO/EMRO Department of Communications, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships (CRP). The CRP Department will establish one logical framework and continuum of integrated and synergistic planning and implementation across all three programmes. The Vision for the CRP Department is that: “WHO is well resourced, actively engaged with partners and trusted as the lead, credible voice for health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.” This vision is co-enabled by the Partnerships Programme whose strategic objective is to “Ensure that WHO’s external engagements are strategic, coherent, coordinated, transparent, risk[1]managed and in the interest of the entire organization.” The Programme, while working synergistically and horizontally with the other two CRP programmes – Communications and Resource Mobilization, has lead responsibility and accountability for delivering the following specific objectives: • Explore Regional and Country Office potential areas for growing partnerships in coordination with WHO/HQ as relevant • Join and/or initiate, plan, develop, resource and closely mange partnerships • Monitor partnerships to regularly assess their value-added with regard to: ▪ extending WHO/EMRO’s technical reach ▪ providing visibility and advocacy ▪ generating resources • Advise senior management to inform decision-making and oversight of partnerships.



The Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager will perform these duties: 1. Supervise and manage planning, personnel and projects of the Corporate Partnerships unit and ensure cross-cutting, collaborative, horizontal and efficient implementation of the unit’s workplan. 2. Advise and support Director/CRP on the overall strategic direction, management, plans and priorities of the Corporate Partnerships unit of the component of the Partnership Programme. 3. Provide strategic and collaborative guidance to existing and new corporate partnerships across all organizational levels with a special country focus. 4. Advise, plan, facilitate and support the full portfolio of WHO/EMRO’s corporate partnership initiatives and engagements with State and Non-State partners including philanthropic bodies, UN partners, required to secure their trust, investments and agreed health outcomes throughout the EMR region. 5. Collaborate closely with Governing Bodies and other concerned units to enhance and expand Regional Partnership initiatives such as Regional Health Alliance, Health Diplomacy, and the Islamic Advisory Group (IAG). 6. Establish productive, synergistic and harmonized working relationships with other 2 partnership units as well other CRP programmes, namely Communications and Resource Mobilization. 7. Consult, advise, plan and otherwise engage with concerned colleagues at HQ, EMRO and Country Offices (COs) to help ensure that corresponding corporate partnership opportunities (existing and potential) are prioritized and enabled for their agreed deliverables as well as exploring areas for growing. 8. Ensure that key corporate partners and engagements with them receive needed visibility and recognition via creative and engaging communications content (including visual and field[1]based stories), channels and platforms. 9. Develop, expand and strengthen partner initiatives and engagements as they align and connect with WHO/EMRO strategic priorities. 10. Ensure that appropriate mechanisms and approaches are developed and/or in place to manage, monitor, evaluate and report the progress of corporate partnerships. 11. Regularly assess the value-added of the corporate partnerships for extending WHO/EMRO’s technical reach; providing visibility and advocacy; and generating resources. 12. Prioritize the building and embedding of specific capabilities and tools needed by WHO/EMRO and country offices for cultivating new and required corporate partnerships with requisite skills and success. 13. Guide and support the conduct of due diligence and risk assessment in corporate partner engagements by corresponding WHO/EMRO and country office personnel. 14. Develop extensive contacts and negotiate directly with WHO/EMRO partners at fora and meetings. 15. Produce and share technical and analytical reports as/when required to ensure that important partner engagements and developments are communicated on an expedient and efficient basis by/with relevant technical and emergencies personnel in the Regional and Country Offices.




Essential: Master’s degree in Public Health, International Relations, Business Management, Communications, Law or a related field.

Desirable: PHD degree in one of the above fields; and/or research background in the fields of international relations, partnership, governing bodies especially in the public health, humanitarian and philanthropic sectors.


Essential: At least 10 years' experience preferably including: development and management of external relations; governing body management; organization of multi-stakeholder meetings; resource mobilization; and contract negotiations. This experience should be complemented by an excellent track record in the public and/or private sectors, some of which gained at international level.

Desirable: Working experience in the relevant fields at WHO, UN system and/or International NGOs.


• Demonstrated and excellent networking, communication, presentation and negotiation skills, complemented by cross-cultural and interpersonal managerial and teambuilding skills • Extensive knowledge and skills in the strategic and multi-dimensional management of corporate partnerships, especially in the public and philanthropic sectors • Proven ability to lead and manage consultative processes • Proven ability to write, analyse and evaluate strategies and policies • Strong awareness and understanding of cultural and political sensitivities • Ability to promote innovative ideas, to think "out of the box" and implement changes in a proactive manner; and • Diplomacy, tact and courtesy.

WHO Competencies

Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model:

1. Teamwork

2. Respecting & promoting individual and cultural differences

3. Communication

4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

5. Driving the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership 6. Creating an empowering and motivating environment. 

Use of Language Skills

Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of another WHO official language (especially Arabic) is an asset.


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 89,837 (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 2291 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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