Senior Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)

Where: Geneva (Switzerland)

Extent of Work: Full Time

Click here to apply in English

The GPMB is a platform for high-level political advocacy to forward the common objective of making the world safer from the effects and impact of health crises. The GPMB is comprised of political leaders, agency principals and experts, and is an independent monitoring and accountability mechanism for global health crisis preparedness.


The GPMB will:


    • publish reports and commission studies that will apprise policy makers and the world of progress towards increased preparedness and response capacity for outbreaks and other emergencies with health consequences;


    • advocate at the highest political levels and across all relevant fora for health crisis preparedness capacities;


    • monitor the status of preparedness for all health crises, including outbreaks and emergencies with health consequences, at global, regional and local levels;


  • review progress across all sectors: the UN system, governments and non-State actors including nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.

The GPMB is convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, and is supported by a Secretariat, housed at the WHO.

Job Duties & Responsibilities 

The Senior Officer has the following duties and responsibilities:


    • Provides expertise and guidance, and as necessary day-to-day research, drafting and editing for the preparation of briefing materials to support the SG as Co-Chair of the GPMB.


    • Works with the GPMB Secretariat and as needed technical experts in the IFRC, on the preparation of inputs and information by ensuring that all materials are timely, of high quality and consistent with required standards for strategic relevance, accuracy and clarity.


    • Monitors proactively and provides research and information to ensure that the SG is informed in a timely manner of issues related to preparedness, outbreaks and other emergencies with health consequences, and responses.


    • Liaises closely with key external and internal stakeholders to provide advice to the SG in his role as Co-Chair of the GPMB.


    • Assists the SG in ensuring timely and quality engagement with other members of the GPMB and the Secretariat.


    • Works with the GPMB Secretariat to convene and organize meetings and other events, and in the preparation of reports and other documents related to the work of the GPMB.


    • With the GPMB Secretariat, ensures the SG’s GPMB correspondence is managed.


    • Accompanies the SG, upon request, to GPMB-related meetings, events, and on official travel to support the SG, and to ensure effective dissemination and follow-up action.


    • Performs any other function as needed by the SG as Co-Chair of the GPMB.



Required:  Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in relevant field of study, which can include health, management, public administration, social sciences, international relations, economics, law; or a first level university degree in a relevant field combined with extensive relevant experience.

Preferred: Additional advanced university degree (doctoral or master’s) in a second relevant field of study; or training or certifications in relevant fields.



  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the humanitarian or development sector, with a particular focus on health; or another relevant field.
  • Demonstrated professional experience working in an international organization, NGO, or other relevant international and cross-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated professional experience supporting the chair of a board or head of an organization.


  • RCRC experience

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Leadership skills
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate while maintaining effective working relations
  • Strategic analysis, systematic planning and implementation skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to use state-of-the-art electronic management monitoring and evaluation tools and programmes
  • Discretion, loyalty and ability to identify and handle sensitive issues and confidential information


Required: Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in spoken and written English

Preferred: Good working knowledge of another IFRC official language (Arabic, French or Spanish)


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