Communications Senior Officer - Tenders Global

Communications Senior Officer

  • Contract
  • Geneva
  • Posted 2 months ago

UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information – Job-specific

RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the largest global platform for coordinated action towards a world free from malaria. It is comprised of over 500 partners – from community health worker groups and researchers developing new tools, to malaria-affected and donor countries, businesses and international organisations. 

Since its inception in 1998, the RBM Partnership has played a critical role in global efforts that reduced malaria deaths by half and saved 10.6 million lives. The Partnership is now committed to building on these significant gains and ending malaria for good.

Expansions in financing, strong political commitments, novel diagnostic and preventative measures, and multi-sectoral coordination have facilitated this progress. The RBM Partnership is central to the global fight against malaria and has played an essential role in mobilising political will and financial resources, as well as scaling up innovative interventions to put the world on a path to eliminating malaria.

Despite these gains, malaria still poses a significant threat to public health and sustainable development. Malaria continues to affect the poorest and most marginalised disproportionately and restricts human development and poverty alleviation. The African continent accounts for over 90% of the global malaria burden and therefore stands to gain the most from malaria elimination.

Malaria is a smart investment that contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty and ensuring quality education. 

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

The RBM Partnership is a global health initiative created to implement coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is composed of a multitude of partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions. The partners join the RBM Partnership on a voluntary basis through their commitment to a malaria-free world.

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

Under the guidance and supervision of the Advocacy and Communications Manager coordinates the work of the Strategic Communications Partner Committee (SCPC), to develop and implement, in collaboration with the SCPC and the ARMPC, communications and advocacy to achieve the advocacy objectives of the Partnership. 

The Communications Senior Officer works with and in support of the efforts of the RBM Secretariat team and the SCPC Co-Chairs , other Committee members and technical working groups to keep malaria high on the global health and development agendas and catalyzes the global and national leadership, commitment, and change (e.g. behavioural, social, policy) needed for effective programming, partnership and financing, positioning malaria in broader health and development financing.  

The Communications Senior Officer will work closely with all the Secretariat Teams, as well as with partners and technical working groups at the global, regional and national levels – to provide  communications support across the entire RBM Partnership, maximize synergies and boost the impact of overall efforts. 

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Advocacy and Communications Manager, The communications Senior Officer will perform the following functions:

Communications support to the Secretariat / RBM Partnership to End Malaria

  • Provide support to the Secretariat, the SCPC and the ARMPC under the guidance of the Advocacy and Communications Manager (creating and maintenance RBM Partnership events calendar, scheduling communications-related meetings, minuting, contacts database maintenance, mailing lists, website updates, etc.).

  • Support the content development, editing, proofreading, production and dissemination of communications materials for the RBM Partnership, including but not limited newsletters, flyers, brochures, factsheets, information leaflets, social media content, infographics, posters and banners for international events, web content, publications such as the annual report, as well as creating and development of presentations, briefs, speeches and talking points.

  • Support with virtual and in-person events (Zoom webinar set-up, minuting, events support, etc.)

  • Support the Advocacy and Communications Manager with serving as brand guardian in accordance with the RBM Partnership branding guidelines (creation and maintenance of templates, etc.)

  • Collaborate with external vendors and consultants for quality, editing, design and printing of materials.

  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the Secretariat Team and stakeholders to ensure relevance and constant updates of content.

  • Manage day-to-day media relations for the RBM Partnership.

  • Develop communications collateral (white papers, thought pieces, etc.) that frame the issues, advise, and support Partnership brand management. 

  • Support the maintenance and development of media platforms (website and social media platforms, traditional media production, public service announcements, etc.).

  • Promote cross-cutting collaboration and synergies within the RBM Partnership.

  • Support countries and Partners to adopt, implement and share best practices.

  • Facilitate information-sharing, effective communication and collaboration across the RBM Partnership, as well as existing and prospective partners.

  • Provide support to the Advocacy and Communications Manager in the development of the SCPC workplan and priorities within the ceiling of available resources and RBM Secretariat approved workplan.

  • Provide support in the coordination and organization of key events to keep malaria high on global health and development agendas.  

  • Provide support in convening and coordinating partners at the global, regional and national levels to leverage their unique capabilities, expertise and perspectives.

Strategic Communications

  • Support with the management day-to-day communication and media relations activities for the RBM Partnership – including providing communications assistance to the Secretariat, including the production and management of content for RBM’s platforms and channels including website and social media.

  • Support RBM’s external relations work, intended to influence the work of major stakeholders worldwide to mobilize action to defeat malaria.

  • Contribute to the development of RBM strategies for communications in collaboration with the Advocacy and Communications Manager, ensuring consistent messaging across all RBM’s projects and programmes.

  • Work in close collaboration with others, including a PR agency and other external consultants, to develop RBM’s communications products, events and media relations.


  • Provide additional support to the Advocacy and Communications Manager with advocacy activities where required.

  • Provide backstopping support for the Advocacy and Communications Manager 


  • Facilitate information sharing, effective communication, and collaboration across the RBM Secretariat and Partnership, as well as existing and prospective partners.

  • Support the Partner Committees and the Working Groups on relevant communications matters as needed. 

To perform other related responsibilities as assigned, including replacing and backstopping for others as required. 


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. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others.
Demonstrates 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.
Expresses 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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree in the fields of journalism, communications, development studies or international relations is essential.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline in combination with additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in place of an advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 2 years of experience in external relations and/or communications either in the malaria sector or in a closely related development field, including at the international level.

  • Working in challenging politically complex situations towards implementing changes in health, preferably in the area of malaria is required.

  • Specialization, experience or sound understanding of international development political agendas as related to health, particularly malaria is desired.

  • Knowledge of the Global Health, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and its Partner Committees is desirable. 

  • Experience in the UN system is desirable.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: International ICA 1 / ICS-9
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

This position is based in Switzerland and the contract fee is not exempt from Swiss laws, including but not limited to laws regarding taxation, social security, accident and health insurance.

Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.

  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 

  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.

  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

  • Geneva, Switzerland is a family duty station.

Terms and Conditions 

  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.

  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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