Advisor, Resource Mobilization

World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

The mission of the External Relations, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization (ERP) Department is to mobilize political support, financial resources, and strategic alliances to support PAHO’s hemispheric health strategies and goals towards improvements in the lives of people in the Americas.  ERP manages the PAHO Secretariat’s diplomatic functions and supports Member States and the PAHO Director in fulfilling their mandates.  


Under the general supervision of the Director, External Relations, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization (ERP), and the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Resource Mobilization (ERP/RM), the incumbent is responsible for, but not limited to, the following assigned duties:  

  1. Provide strategic resource mobilization advice to develop, update, and implement the Organization’s resource mobilization strategy and plan of action;
  2. Analyze the international development environment; develop strategies for re-engaging, attracting and sustaining funding partnerships with key  actors in the international community;
  3. Conduct research  regarding funding prospects and cultivate relationships with funders as agreed with the Director, ERP and the Senior Adviser Resource Mobilization; 
  4. Serve as in-house expert on strategies for successful fund raising with a portfolio of current and potential funders; guide PAHO/WHO Representatives (PWRs) and technical teams in Headquarters through strategies for successful engagement with identified funders;
  5. Contribute to institutional capacity building in resource mobilization, project development and project implementation;
  6. Advise on the development of project proposals and programs related to the interests of a variety of partners, both current and prospective, interested in support of  the technical work of the Organization;
  7. Provide advice and support to the Organization’s technical departments, and governments in formulating health projects, ensuring that the design is sound from the technical, managerial, economic, and administrative point of view, and in accordance with established policies and strategic priorities and the corresponding partner;
  8. Participate in negotiations and consultations with funding and collaborating partners regarding the approval of award agreements;
  9. Lead inter programmatic activities related to fundraising for projects and programs, including:  gathering information, identifying potential interested parties, conducting negotiations and consultations with partner agencies and technical staff; participating, when necessary, at the country level, in preparatory activities leading to such requests;
  10. Develop, maintain and coordinate internal partnerships and cross-functional team inputs to achieve resource mobilization objectives to support the Organization’s strategic plan;
  11. When called upon to directly supervise staff,  establish clear work objectives, conduct timely and effective performance appraisals, coaching and feedback, and support staff development opportunities;
  12. Collaborate in the preparation of the entity’s Biennial Work Plan (BWP) and the execution of international cooperation, including the analysis of political, technical and socioeconomic realities;
  13. Perform other related duties, as assigned.



Essential: A bachelor’s degree in international relations, law, public administration  or another  social science and a master’s degree in economics, public policy, political science or a related field from a recognized institution.

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position.  WHO, only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The list can be accessed through the link:  PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, to support the validation process.


Essential: Nine years of combined national and international experience in resource mobilization, fundraising, or partnership development with donor or development cooperation organizations or non-governmental organizations. Experience must include a proven successful track record in resource mobilization.

Desirable: Experience developing grant proposals for health or development projects, reviewing grant proposals, assessing project implementation, and/or undertaking evaluation activities within the United Nations system, development cooperation agencies, non-governmental organizations, or foundations would be an asset.


PAHO Competencies:

  • Intrainstitutional Action: Leads team efforts toward full understanding of the policies the organization must operate within as well as the Standard of Conduct for the International Civil Service. Leads employees and co-workers toward operating in a fair, consistent and equitable manner, and displays such behavior by example. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
  • Analysis, Synthesis, and Forecasting:  After analyzing situations on the basis of the available evidence and knowledge, leads one’s area of responsibility toward individual and collective actions. Encourages the importance of continual analysis. Verifies and promotes that action is taken in situations that will require future intervention, based on ongoing analysis. Leads others in decisions needed to implement required actions. Is capable of anticipating the implications of analyzed situations between one and two years ahead.
  • Communication: Actively engages in conversation with the key players in a multicultural environment both within and outside the organization. Develops a network of appropriate contacts inside and outside PAHO to gain information or to build an alliance. Takes into consideration the multicultural differences within the organization. 
  • Teamwork: Embraces and leads consensual decision-making, that is, leading the fulfillment of team decisions, even when they may not fully coincide with one’s own opinions or proposals. Knows how to manage difficult team situations and promotes consensus building. Takes responsibility for the team’s successes and failures.
  • Continuous Learning:  Takes concrete steps on one's own initiative to keep up-to-date on the most recent trends in knowledge in the area of work. The knowledge and achieved experience is shared with others.  Is aware of other industries or organization's best practices and applies them.
  • Interinstitutional and Intersectoral Action:  Demonstrates, through measurable results, effective participation in decision-making spheres where policy priorities are set. Oversees activities/interventions designed to meet the needs of users and interinstitutional and intersectoral partners, while promoting the consolidation of productive partnerships in terms of the Organization’s mission.
  • Accountability: Accepts responsibility for the results, for the work of subordinates, for the tasks delegated, the deadlines, and any deviations from them. Requires and oversees the adherence according to the budget. Monitors the progress made upon reaching the objectives and deadlines. For any deviations on the work plan, looks for corrective actions.
  • Resource Mobilization: Works in an objective manner to obtain and apportion resources (financial and non-financial) according to need. Supports and advises technical areas to enable best use of resources are aligned with the mission and vision of the Organization. Is able to work in a multicultural environment. Is flexible and has the ability to work well under pressure. Is able to give feedback to partners within and outside the organization about the use of the resources and the results acquired. 

Technical Expertise:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of resource mobilization strategies, policy analysis and relationship development involving external partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; diplomacy, tact and ability to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; ability to develop and coordinate networks with relevant players in the international health field.
  • Excellent analytical skills in performing complex analyses on a wide range of factors, requirements, priorities for the assessment and implementation of activities in multi sectoral and multi cultural environments.
  • Mature judgment, strong technical, analytical, conceptual, inter-personal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to identify, assess, analyze, synthesize and provide recommendations on key political and technical issues. 
  • Ability to integrate political, technical and managerial inputs into recommendations for decision-making.
  • Ability to manage multiple issues and tasks in a complex organizational environment to re-prioritize actions on short notice.
  • Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.


Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with a working knowledge of the other language.  Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.

IT Skills:

Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.  Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio, Microsoft SharePoint and Project would be an asset.


Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)

US $70,647

Post Adjustment: 45.7% of the above figure(s).  This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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