Sub Regional Coordination Officer – East and Southern Africa

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, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Functional Responsibilities

Reporting to and working with the Sub-Regional Network Coordinator for East and Southern Africa to coordinate and facilitate support to malaria endemic countries and to implement the approved CRSPC work plan, including to:

Support identification, administration and coordination of a global team consisting of about 50 consultants/experts for provision of technical assistance to East and Southern Africa countries, as well as sub-regional approaches including E8 countries (Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and MOSASWA countries (Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland), in co-ordination with external Regional Economic Communities.
Analyze and compile annual technical assistance needs following consultation with NMCPs in East and Southern African countries.

Prepare and disseminate the CRSPC East and Southern Africa Work Plans, Budgets, calendar of events, plus monthly and annual progress reports.
Update country and partner profiles, identify role players/ambassadors and help maintain a vibrant multi-sectoral forum.

Assist countries to prepare for Global Fund applications, grant making processes and implementation including participating in country missions, as required.
Contribute to the in-depth exercise of identifying needs and gaps through programmatic and financial gap analysis in the East and Southern African countries.
Support country resource mobilization efforts
Lead compilation and dissemination of reports on achievements, challenges and lessons learnt at country and regional levels.

Any other duties as might be assigned by the RBM Secretariat, CRSPC and the Sub-Regional Network Coordinator


Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in Public Health, Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration, Business Administration or related fields is required.

A Bachelor degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be acceptable in lieu of the advanced degree.


With master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years or with bachelor degree and a minimum of 7 years of experience in coordination and management within the public health sector is required.

Experience of working with International Coordination focusing on Malaria is desirable.

Knowledge of malaria control and or other public health programmes in the East and Southern Africa region is desirable.

Fluency in oral and written English is required.

Intermediate French is desired.

Knowledge of other UN language/s is an asset.


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.

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.
Contract type, level and duration


Contract type: International Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: International ICA level 2
Contract duration: 6 months with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Considerations

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners’ needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.