Senior Donor Manager, Sovereign and Private Sector Engagement, Geneva 146 views

Vacancy No: VN1395

Job Title: Senior Donor Manager, Sovereign and Private Sector Engagement

Location: Geneva

Purpose of Position: Develop and pursue fundraising strategies for mobilizing financial resources especially from Canada-UK-Europe & CIS, both public and private and through diverse financing instruments, to meet Gavi core programs needs and specific initiatives.

Team: Sovereign & private sector engagement, donor relat. & campaigns

Reporting to: Head, Sovereign & Private Sector Engagement / Donor Relations & Campaigns

Career Step Level: 4

Job Description: BACKGROUND

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of over 822 million children and the prevention of more than 14 million future deaths. At the Global Vaccine Summit in June 2020, world leaders pledged more than $8.8bn to ensure Gavi can continue to amplify this work and immunize another 300 million children by 2025.

Over the past year, the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has taken hold. In countries with already fragile health systems, this is likely to have a catastrophic impact. Through the ground-breaking COVAX Facility and the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), Gavi is working with the international community to take urgent action in accelerating access to COVID-19 vaccines and ensure they become available to populations no matter where they live. This is the moment where more resources from diverse and sustainable sources are required, and that available financing must be leveraged strategically and efficiently to unlock the greatest level of impact possible. What is needed now is a comprehensive approach to attract, retain, and multiply the financial and business resources of sovereign donors, the private sector, and other development institutions to strategically support countries, partners, and the Gavi secretariat as it seeks to ensure sustainability in its ambitious immunisation programmes and safeguard global health security through helping put together the world’s response to the global COVID-19 crisis.

Under the oversight of the Managing Director for Resource Mobilisation, Private Sector Partnerships & Innovative Finance (RMPSPIF), the Sovereign & Private Sector Engagement, Donor Relations & Campaigns team leads on (i) driving sovereign and private sector fundraising and engagement, including through blended and innovative financial instruments and ambitious new partnerships, in key industrialized markets with a particular focus on Canada, UK, Europe and the CIS; (ii) building visibility and trust with Gavi through smart donor relations and campaigning with civil society, parliamentarians and influential voices; and (iii) securing and cultivating support and funding for COVAX and COVAX AMC from a range of economies.

The Senior Donor Manager will help drive and support the development and implementation of the resource mobilisation and private sector partnerships strategy of the broader department. S/he will have a particular focus on managing select markets within the ark Canada-UK-Europe & CIS.

Main Duties/Responsibilities: Develop, lead, and implement resource mobilization strategies in select markets within the ark Canada-UK-Europe & CIS

In collaboration with the Head, develop and pursue strategies for mobilizing strong levels of financial resources and engagement, including innovative financing, from select markets.

Create, maintain and cultivate close working relationships with government staff, political decision-makers and other stakeholders including civil society partners, the private sector, and key influencers to educate them on Gavi, vaccines and immunizations, and any other issues of concern to the Vaccine Alliance.

Interact and collaborate with government counterparts, including conceiving of, staffing, and attending events, briefings, and hearings and preparation for market visits with Gavi Executives.

Work closely with consultants to prioritise and conduct market outreach and jointly monitor and report on legislative and policy activities in select markets, and key related policies developed by Gavi’s Board and Secretariat.

Develop new, and project manage existing, private sector partnerships, coordinating with colleagues across the team as well as the Secretariat, and ensure their successful continuation and completion, where relevant.

Initiate or project manage grant agreements and renewals with donor governments, foundations, high net worth individuals, and corporations.

Respond to donor requests in a timely manner and communicate issues to Gavi’s management and across the Gavi Secretariat.

Draft collateral materials, legislative analysis, position statements, talking points, letters, memos, speeches, and other materials necessary to accurately convey Gavi’s positions and recommendations.

Continue to build on Gavi’s role as a respected voice on vaccinations, including on COVID-19.

Work closely with all relevant Gavi teams, including but not limited to media and communications, to jointly build political will and foster support for Gavi in selected markets.

Strategy building

Working with the Head, run strategic assessments of issues and opportunities driving development and global health policies and agendas in select markets and at the regional and global levels, including: identifying influential constituencies and institutions with whom Gavi and COVAX should promote increased funding and advocacy for immunization; exploring opportunities for private sector partnerships with Gavi, and establishing private sector, civil society and influencers’ engagement strategies in cooperation with colleagues in the team and beyond.

Strategy implementation

Coordinate Gavi’s overall funding outreach in select markets, including with potential innovative financing mechanisms and private sector funding in collaboration with other team members.

Ensure appropriate level of engagement of Gavi’s CEO and Senior management with donor representatives.

Manage and build Gavi’s relations with government representatives and their staff as well as market-level civil society and private sector partners to represent Gavi with these constituents.

Build campaigns to ramp up Gavi’s visibility in select markets, working in close partnership with other teams.

Donor relations

Respond to donor requests in a timely manner and communicate issues to the Head, and across the Gavi Secretariat, as directed.


With other RMPSPIF Senior Donor Managers, contribute to team-wide tasks. Contribute to framing the work objectives of the team for internal and external audiences.

Carry out other projects assigned by the Head in accordance with the team objectives.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of the job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned consistently with the department needs.

Work Experience

Minimum 8 years of experience, with management donor portfolio required;




donor relations

financial instruments

financial resources


global health

health systems


public sector

resource mobilization

Familiarity with political and technical governmental decision-making complexities is necessary;

Good understanding of transformations impacting today’s business, industry, and political environment as well as good overview of international development work is essential;

Experience of managing multiple projects within a fast-moving environment is required;

Experience of engaging with and influencing senior level stakeholders is a must;

Demonstrated ability to structure financial instruments and navigate complex funding mechanisms is a plus;

Ideal candidate has experience both with private and public sectors.


Excellent analytical and synthesising capabilities;

Entrepreneur spirit, problem-solving skills and result-orientated is a must;

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish working relationships with multiple teams;

Ability to work independently, under pressure, demonstrating initiative and flexibility;

Good understanding of Gavi and Gavi strategic objectives or capability and willingness to acquire this knowledge quickly.


Excellent commend of English with proven writing and editing skills is required;

Developed commend of another European language is highly desirable;

Knowledge of French is a plus.

Academic Qualifications

Master’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Economics, Government or Public Affairs, or equivalent professional experience.


Gavi Secretariat;

Gavi Partners;

Donor governments and development agencies;

Private sector and foundations;

Civil society;

Other key stakeholders in target markets.

Additional Information: If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through our Careers webpage and apply by clicking on “Senior Donor Manager, Sovereign and Private Sector Engagement” Deadline for applications is 18 August 2021.

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