Policy Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 August 2018

Job Description

Application Deadline: 20-Aug-2018

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Background Information - Job Specific

The past fifteen years have seen tremendous gains in reducing the burden of disease and progressing towards malaria elimination. Between 2000 and 2015, global malaria incidence fell by 37 percent and mortality rates by 60 percent. Over 6.2 million deaths were averted, primarily among children less than five years of age. Expansions in financing, strong political commitments, novel diagnostic and preventative measures, and multi-sectoral co-ordination have facilitated this progress. Since 1998, RBM has been central to the global fight against malaria. It has been essential to mobilizing these unprecedented resources and scaled up innovative interventions and to put the world on to a path of eliminating malaria.

Despite these gains, malaria still poses a significant threat to public health and sustainable development. WHO report indicates that in 2016, there were 91 countries that reported a total of 216 million cases of malaria cases and 445 000 deaths. Although malaria case incidence has fallen globally since 2010, the rate of decline has stalled and even reversed in some regions since 2014. Mortality rates have followed a similar pattern. Worldwide, 15 countries - all but one in sub-Saharan Africa - carry 80% of the global malaria burden.

RBM’s Vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria.

The RBM Partnership is based in Geneva and hosted by UNOPS.

Scope and Purpose of the Assignment

The role provides policy advice and support to the RBM Partnership CEO and the Secretariat Team to achieve the core objectives and strategic priorities of the Partnership.

The incumbent works in close collaboration with CEO, RBM Partner Committees and RBM Board Leadership and Members, along with technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring the successful implementation of RBM activities.

The Policy Officer will work closely with the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization Partner Committee (ARMPC) Manager, Country and Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) Manager and Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC) Manager to maximize synergies and the impact of overall efforts. The Policy Officer will also work closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) on the monitoring of the RBM strategy and workplan.

Successful results involve analysing and preparing briefings on trends and relevant reports of the UN system, providing advice and practical support to the CEO and Board Chair to maximize the effectiveness and impact of attendance at global events and providing ongoing guidance, support, and advice in the reviewing of documents, policies and practice across the malaria community.

Please visit the online vacancy for further information and to apply: https://jobs.unops.org/Pages/ViewVacancy/VADetails.aspx?id=16088


  • Advanced university degree in Public Health, Business, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, or related field.
  • A first level university degree in relevant field with additional two years of relevant experience can be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in international organisations.
  • Demonstrated experience with drafting reports and/or policy documents, including an ability to summarize key points for decision-makers.
  • Robust understanding of key policy issues within malaria sector.
  • Experience in international and/or national public health or related field is desirable.
  • Experience in advocacy, social mobilisation and communications work.
  • Experience in a malaria-endemic country is an asset.
  • Familiarity with UN systems, tools and procedures.
  • Proven judgment, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft products.
  • Ability to work under pressure and obtain results.
  • Capacity and willingness to work in a collaborative manner.
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
  • English fluency (written and spoken) is required.
  • Fluency in French is desirable.

About the Organization

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peace-building, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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