Deputy Chief Executive

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Geneva, Switzerland

About the UNOPS

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.
You can find further details on their website https://www.unops.org/
SRI Executive has been exclusively entrusted by our client, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), to support the executive search of an exceptional leader for the position of Deputy Chief Executive RBM.

Deputy Chief Executive RBM Role Profile

RBM Partnership to End Malaria
The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners committed to end malaria, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institution.
The RBM partnership's strength lies in its ability to form effective partnerships both globally, regionally and nationally. Partners work together to scale up malaria-control and elimination efforts at country level, coordinating their activities to avoid duplication and fragmentation, and to ensure optimal use of resources. The partnership’s overall strategy aims to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage of at risk populations and strengthening health systems.
The RBM Partnership is seeking a Deputy Chief Executive to support the CEO in managing the RBM Partnership Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, and representing the Partnership at the global level.
The RBM Partnership Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the Deputy Chief Executive will have the following responsibilities:
Stakeholder Management
  • Leads support to malaria endemic countries to effectively implement malaria prevention, control and elimination activities, working closely with the RBM Management Team, RBM partners and donors
  • Works closely with donors and partner organizations to promote and advocate for sustainable financing at global and national levels to support malaria-endemic countries to implement their national plans, including through increased domestic resource allocations.
  • In collaboration with partners, identifies operational challenges hampering the efforts of endemic countries, including resource deficiencies and works to solve these.
Strategic Partnership
  • Supports the CEO and RBM Board to keep malaria high on the political and developmental agendas.
  • Promotes and supports regional approaches to the fight against malaria anchored in existing political and economic platforms such as regional economic communities.
  • Works with partners to sustain momentum and mobilise funding for regional and national malaria elimination efforts
  • Advocates for malaria elimination to become a central theme in the sustainable development agenda and in the context of Universal Health coverage
  • Works with partner organizations towards empowering countries, communities and individuals to defeat malaria in the context of Zero Malaria Starts with me!
  • Works with partner organizations to promote innovation and facilitate uptake of new malaria prevention and control tools for greater impact
  • Liaises regularly with partner organisations, including key donors, international NGOs and malaria-endemic countries and leads the development and implementation of a partnership framework
  • Monitors the Partnership’s progress toward key targets and provides the CEO with updates on progress, including identifying bottlenecks and constraints.
Leadership & Communications
  • Assists the CEO in responding to enquiries from the media to the Partnership and ensures that appropriate responses are made in a timely manner.
  • Supports the CEO in facilitating and promoting communication between the Board and Partners on policy and programme issues.
  • Brings additional management and technical capacity to the RBM Management Team and facilitates smooth operation of the Secretariat’s programmatic activities including through the supervision of the management team technical staff.
  • Represents the partnership at high level events, under the leadership of the CEO
  • Any other tasks as identified by the CEO

Required Competencies

  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long-term and externally to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. A role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Acts as a positive leadership role model motivate, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast-paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Express ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by  overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced Degree in Public Health preferred or similar field with direct relevance to international health.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience working with developing countries in the international public health field. This should include substantial experience of working closely with national counterparts in the host country, including Ministers of Health, national malaria control programmes and other relevant department(s) within the Ministry of Health
  • Strong Malaria technical knowledge and experience is highly desirable
  • Experience of public health policy formulation and implementation, preferably in a developing country environment is highly desirable
  • Proven knowledge of the donor environment for malaria and the funding mechanisms of key donors, e.g. the Global Fund, US PMI, etc.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
  • Knowledge of French is an asset
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS language is an asset

Terms of Appointment

This is a fixed term appointment with one year initially, then renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to [email protected]  OR use the Application Form below. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by UNOPS to undertake this assignment.

Application form