The WHO Foundation, launched in May 2020 and headquartered in Geneva, was created as an independent Swiss foundation affiliated with but independent of WHO. Its mission is to mobilize greater private capital and partnership to advance the mission of the World Health Organization (WHO), enabling catalytic impact on the people whose lives rely on WHO's work and facilitating innovation to maximize the impact of the resources we invest.
WHO plays a singular role in leading the global health ecosystem, acting as a first-responder to health crises — including the current conflict in Ukraine and on behalf of the 15+ million people in urgent need of aid in Tigray and Yemen; producing technical guidelines and tools to prevent and treat disease; and acting as a country-level convener with an unparalleled level of trust. The crises of the 21st century, including COVID-19, have made clear both the inequity of access to effective and affordable healthcare and the indispensable role of WHO. Yet WHO lacks sufficient resources to fulfil its mandate. And, beyond funding, its vision cannot be achieved by the public sector alone.
The WHO Foundation was therefore created as an independent Swiss foundation affiliated with but independent of WHO to marshal new resources from philanthropists, foundations, businesses, and individuals to support its mission: promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. WHOF is a nexus for unique opportunity in global health, facilitating game-changing opportunities between the private sector and WHO. Our focus is on mobilizing grant income, shared value partnerships, and investment to power WHO's work.
ABOUT Global Health Equity Fund "GHEF"
The WHO Foundation is supporting the creation of a financial-returns-first, health equity impact investment fund. It will invest in highly innovative, early stage businesses that can bring technology to market and be scaled up rapidly. The fund looks at improving health equity with a broad lens, not solely focusing on health medical technologies but on technologies in other fields (agriculture, food, energy etc) that can also improve global health and social determinants of good health outcomes.
This fund is founded by a global venture investing platform and the WHO Foundation is the health expert partner, ensuring that each portfolio company keeps equity and inclusion at the heart of their growth strategies including signing an open access pledge through which the portfolio companies commit to making their solutions and IP available widely.
The Impact Investment consultant will play an integral role within the WHO Foundation Innovative Finance team and report directly to the Chief Impact Investing Officer.
ACCOUNTABILITIES & FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will focus on the following areas :
Project Management: 50%
● Design and optimise the project governance and project plan based on strategic objectives
● Lead project coordination within WHO Foundation and with OurCrowd team
● Work closely with the WHO Foundation legal team on all necessary processes and documentation incl. compliance around investors and portfolio companies
● Manage resource/budget allocation, liaising with the WHO finance team
● Train and inform internal WHO Foundation as well as WHO counterparts about the initiative
● Ensure the access pledge initiative is moving forward as necessary
Outreach and communications: 40%
● Work closely with the WHO Foundation's communications team on the development of communications and marketing material as well as roll-out/distribution and on the organisation of media interactions
● Own and manage the investor outreach process - establishing a clear timeline and deadlines for the various colleagues. This includes updating the investor outreach list on a regular basis and reflecting those changes in salesforce as well as preparing and coordinating all necessary material (e.g. email templates etc) for external distribution
● Participate in selected investor calls and meetings and facilitate introductions to own network
● Schedule roadshows for Chief Impact Investing Officer and global venture investing platform (Switzerland, England, Norway, France etc)
● Identify and secure speaking slots to position the WHO Foundation as a key impact investment actor
Impact investing strategy: 10%
● Support the Chief Impact Investing Officer with designing and rolling out the broader impact investing strategy
University degree in business administration/economics/management or international relations/public administration
Robust experience in project management
Exposure to business development and/or fundraising
Ability to develop communications/marketing material
Affinity with international development and/or international organizations in global public health is an advantage
Working in a multicultural environment
Experience planning and managing events and strong presentation skills.
Strong entrepreneurial skills and aptitude to work with flexibility and autonomy, both individually
and as part of a team effort, within a lean, start-up, and remote environment.
Knowledge of managing acquisition pipelines is a plus.
Strong research and analytical skills and database proficiency in Salesforce (CRM) and Excel. IT-savvy with excellent command of Microsoft Office, Google's G-suite, and database proficiency in Salesforce (CRM).
Fluency in English (excellent writing skills), French and/or any other language an advantage.
WHAT WE OFFER
The WHO Foundation puts equity at the center of all its work and is committed to building, fostering, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Employment and advancement opportunities are based upon individual qualifications, regardless of gender, color, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, nationality, cultural & religious background, beliefs, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and marital status. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
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