Chief Executive Officer

Geneva, Switzerland
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Chief Executive Officer

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Application closing date: 31 October 2018

The RBM Partnership

The RBM Partnership is a global health initiative created to implement co-ordinated 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 a malaria free world.

The role and responsibility of the Partnership or its mechanisms is to convene, coordinate, convene, facilitate communication and track progress against key milestones and targets. Implementation has been a role for the individual partners – alone or collectively – to undertake. Going forward, there will be a specific and strong focus of collaboration with regional entities, as the effort to eliminate malaria will be a region-by-region one, not a “top-down” global campaign. The RBM Partnership has provided value to Partners through the following three roles and responsibilities:

  • Convene: The Partnership brings together all interested parties (public and private sector) to jointly work together towards a malaria free world and to overcome challenges to that goal.
  • Co-ordinate: The Partnership, through its mechanisms, co-ordinates the work of the individual partners to ensure that each partner’s efforts are aligned with those of the others, duplication and inefficiencies are avoided, collaboration between partners is facilitated, and common challenges are addressed co-operatively.
  • Facilitate Communication: By bringing together partners, the Partnership can ensure that partners are communicating with one another, sharing experience and best practice, and ensuring that challenges or bottlenecks identified are brought to the attention of the entire Partnership as appropriate.

The key Partnership mechanisms are:

  • The Partnership Board.
  • A Management Team, led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • Partner Committees – focused on the three priorities of the Partnership:
  1. Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
  2. Strategic Communications
  3. Country/Regional Support
  • Working Groups – managed and led by Partners, will continue to provide venues for Partners to share information and collaborate on specialized topics.
  • End Malaria Council – engaged in high-level advocacy and mobilize global actors to work towards achieving the Partnership Strategy, leveraging its members’ unique positions as senior global leaders from across sectors and geographies.

Background Information – Job-specific

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supports the Board in the development of the Partnership strategy and develops annual operating plans and budgets for approval by the Partnership Board. The CEO leads the Partnership Management Team in implementing the strategy and operating plans approved by the Board and works with regional entities to ensure that regions and countries are empowered to address malaria. He or she is the public face of the Partnership and its mechanisms on a day-to-day basis.

The Chief Executive Officer will lead the Partnership Management Team in implementing the strategy and operating plans.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Supports the Board in its governance responsibilities, including providing regular, high-level analysis, advice, and communication in its direction-setting and risk management roles, in active collaboration with the Chair of the Board.
  • Provides strategic guidance and support in achieving the Partnership’s mission and vision.
  • Provides strategic direction and leadership in the translation of organizational goals to management, staff and partners.
  • Provides leadership to the management team, ensuring cohesive and effective team operations in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the organization’s annual work plan, budget approval process, providing regular supervision and annual performance appraisal for the management team members and ultimate oversight for human resources for all staff.
  • Ensures the management team members have the tools, capabilities, appropriate training and resources to achieve their goals and objectives
  • Undertakes and leads the representation, advocacy, and liaison tasks with the Partnerships stakeholders.
  • Ensures the development and management of a resource development strategy which underpins the Partnership’s on-going viability and growth.
  • Liaising regularly with the partner organisations, including key donors and affected countries, providing updating on progress against the Partnership Strategy and deliverables.
  • Facilitates and promotes communication between the Board and partners on policy and program issues.
  • Monitor the Partnership progress toward key targets and regularly report to the Board, escalating to the Board at an early stage any Partnership operational challenges that need Board support, including any resource deficiencies.
  • Lead the efforts of the Board and Partner Committees and support the End Malaria Council to mobilize resources for the global fight against malaria.
  • Promote a regional approach to fight against malaria.
  • Coordinate enquiries from the media to the Partnership and ensure that appropriate responses are made in a timely manner.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Partnership Management Team

  • Define and revise as needed the structure and role descriptions of the Partnership Management Team.
  • Provide day-to-day leadership—including coordinating implementation of activities and budget execution by the Partnership Management Team—and oversight of the Partnership Management Team staff, including rigorous performance appraisals.
  • Recruit staff for the Partnership Management Team.

Strategy and Planning

  • Lead the development of strategies, budgets, work plans, and time-bound targets with specific milestones for fulfilling the Partnership’s vision, and ensure their approval by the Board. This will be undertaken with close collaboration with the Board, the PCCT, and relevant Partnership mechanisms.
  • Monitor the Partnership’s progress towards key targets and regularly report to the Board.
  • Escalate to the Board at an early stage any Partnership operational challenges that need Board support, including any resource deficiencies.
  • Identify opportunities to grow and strengthen the Partnership.


  • Support the efforts of the Board, End Malaria Council, and Partner Committees to mobilize resources for the global fight against malaria.
  • Lead fundraising for the Partnership operations.
  • Participate in meetings of the Board as a non-voting member.
  • Communicate on a regular basis with the Chair of the Board.

Advocacy and Communications

  • Update all Partners, including key donors and affected countries, directly on progress against the Partnership Strategy and deliverables.
  • Liaise with other key relevant partnerships and agencies, including regional entities.
  • Ensure that malaria remains high on the global health and development agenda.


  • The Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the Board and reports directly to the Board through the Board Chair.
  • Other tasks as directed by the Board



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), in public health, social science, international development, public policy and administration, or related area.
  • Specialization in infectious diseases or tropical diseases.


  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy formulation, advocacy, strategy development, resource mobilization, programme management, or related area, preferably with a mix of service in either the public, private, or non-profit sectors at an international level.
  • Experience working with policymakers and advocates for global, regional and country level policy and advocacy, with preference for working knowledge of global malaria policy institutions/partnerships and malaria affected and eliminating countries.
  • Experience in public health or social development involving work with community organizations, private sector, entrepreneurs, local governments.
  • Experience working in one or more malaria-endemic countries.
  • Experience in partnership building and management with various organizations such as multi-stakeholder initiatives, UN agencies, NGOs, governmental organizations, donors, private sector, foundations, civil society.
  • Experience of the management of multidisciplinary teams in complex projects/initiatives with proven ability to handle financial and human resources.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of health/ development issues and build political/financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental, private, and non-state organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership roles requiring strong analytical, writing and management skills.
  • Proven track record of building trust-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience creating and executing strategies that persuade key stakeholders to take action that will advance shared interests and business goals.
  • Aptitude to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • Media management skills are highly desirable.


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; good working knowledge of French is highly desirable.

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