Coordinator, Every Women Every Child (EWEC) Secretariat, Office of the Executive Director, New York, P-5

  • Level: P-5
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 07 Jun 2019 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: New York

Background Information

Launched by the UN Secretary-General during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world. The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a roadmap to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation and ensuring their well-being.

Every Woman Every Child provides an opportunity to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people. The health of women, children and adolescents is critically important to almost every area of human development and progress, and directly impacts our success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in September 2015. 

Under the strategic direction of the UN Secretary General and the High-level Steering Group (HLSG), the Every Woman Every Child Secretariat supports the high-level positioning of the Global Strategy in the global health architecture, and contributes to improving synergies among stakeholders of the EWEC Ecosystem, particularly among the H6, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and the Global Financing Facility (GFF).

The EWEC Secretariat is hosted by UNFPA on behalf of the H6, and reports to Executive Office of the Secretary General (EOSG) on vision and strategy, and to UNFPA on work plan and operations. The Coordinator is located in the Office of the Executive Director of UNFPA. The Coordinator reports directly on a day-to-day basis to the UNFPA Deputy Executive Director of Programmes who provides overall operational direction. S/he leads the work of the Secretariat and coordinates and supports the implementation of the Global Strategy, in alignment with the EWEC partner framework and in close collaboration with the PMNCH.

The Position:

The Coordinator provides strategic leadership to ensure a continued high-level positioning of the EWEC framework in the global health architecture. The responsibilities of the Coordinator include: to provide support to the Executive Office of the Secretary General (EOSG), particularly for the High-Level Steering Group (HLSG); to align the EWEC and the 2020 EWEC Partners’ Framework; manage strategic communications and advocacy; to support high-level political advocacy; to mobilize commitments by partners; and to support the coordination of the EWEC Innovation Marketplace.

The Coordinator will collaborate closely with EWEC partners including the EOSG, H6, GFF, PMNCH and regional EWEC initiatives. The Coordinator will coordinate with the following external partners: donor and programme countries, international organizations, Centers of Excellence, IGOs, NGOs, academia, research institutions, professional associations, and international experts.

Within UNFPA the Coordinator will work closely with OED, TD director and TD Management team and M&E Advisers to promote knowledge sharing and results-based management; establish functional links to enhance the effectiveness and accountability of the day-to-day work of the secretariat; and to disseminate communications and advocacy products.

In all activities, s/he fosters collaboration within the UN Secretariat, with the UNFPA Office of the Executive Director, member states, the EWEC partners (H6 and PMNCH in particular), ensuring  timeliness, relevance and quality of management, communication and other substantive outputs and deliverables. 

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we seek leaders who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The primary roles of the Coordinator include:

● Strategic direction planning and management; 

● Policy guidance and advice; 

● Strategic communications and high-level substantive contributions to various UN fora;

● Mobilization and renewal of EWEC commitments;

● Representation 


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in public health, management, health systems/economics, or other field directly related to Global Health.

Knowledge and Experience: 

● 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the Global Health field, of which 5 years at the international level;

● An acknowledged professional in health especially in the field of SRMNCAH; 

● Experience of intergovernmental and interagency work is essential;

● Strong record of accomplishment with technical leadership, managerial skills, and communication;

● Proven ability to produce demonstrable results in a multi-cultural environment;

● Extensive network within the Global Health community.


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable. 

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