Regional Manager, Country Support – Switzerland


Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing the equitable use of vaccines in low-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together implementing countries and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates and other private sector partners. Gavi uses innovative financing mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to ensure sustainable financing and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has helped immunize over 888 million children and prevent over 15 million future deaths.

THE ROLE Country Support Units, located within the Country Programs Department, work to effectively implement Gavi’s portfolio of support aimed at increasing immunization coverage and equity, as well as financial sustainability in countries. Gavi-eligible countries. This work is carried out in close collaboration with Gavi Alliance partners, national stakeholders, other development partners and the rest of the Gavi Secretariat.

The Core Countries segment is one of three segments in Country Support and is currently organized into three sub-teams focused on geographic regions. The Regional Manager is responsible for managing a Geneva-based team of Senior Country Managers (SCMs) and Program Managers (PMs), who play a critical role in ensuring that Gavi resources are used at wisely to achieve the results of vaccination. The regional manager for the rest of the world mainly covers countries in Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific and Central Asia. SCMs lead or oversee the various stages of portfolio management, including the grant-making process, manage programmatic and fiduciary risks and key relationships, proactively identify and work to resolve implementation issues, and closely monitor Gavi-funded programs. The role of the regional manager is to ensure: • Effective portfolio management focused on achieving strategic objectives; • Successful risk management and mitigation; • Good progress in implementing grants and achieving results; • Fruitful collaboration with national stakeholders, partners and Secretariat colleagues; • Efficient and successful regional team.

He/she must be a seasoned manager who can coach and be a thought partner for his/her team members. The Regional Head should actively participate in key organization-wide and cross-cutting initiatives related to policies, strategies, processes and/or guidelines relevant to the effective delivery of Gavi’s mission. He/she is a member of the Principal Country Management Team, consisting of the Principal Country Director and two other Regional Managers. Key functions and deliverables: • Increased immunization coverage and equity in Gavi-eligible countries; • High quality and timely strategic analysis and advice in relation to the team’s grants portfolio; • A high-performing regional team, with consistent, effective and efficient working practices and appropriate adaptation to country specificities. • Timely and quality completion of the various stages of the grantmaking process and high quality of key grant management documents (including grant renewal applications submitted to the Independent Review Board and High Level Review Board). level) ; • Proactive identification and resolution/mitigation of issues and risks related to the management and use of Gavi’s investments in countries; • Excellent relationships with key counterparts in governments, across the Gavi Alliance and with other development partners, particularly at the regional level. • Covid-19 vaccine delivery support and related support through COVAX.


Leadership and grant management support: • Provide guidance and leadership to SCMs/PMs on the management of Gavi grants; act as a sounding board; identify and highlight strategic opportunities to advance partnership, coverage and equity, integration, sustainability, etc. ; • Enable, contribute and oversee progress on key performance indicators to achieve Gavi’s strategic objectives; • Ensure monitoring and quality assurance, with particular emphasis on risk management; elevate key issues; initiate preventive and curative actions; lead by providing solutions to situations of high complexity (e.g. political instability, crisis, large country portfolio, special partnerships, etc.); • Monitor and enable the proper implementation of Gavi operational guidelines, policies and procedures by the team; • Provide relief support on any country when needed, especially in fragile and complex situations.

Human ressources: • Provide onboarding, ongoing support, coaching and mentoring to team members; • Manage the performance of team members; conduct recruitment as needed; coordinate the work of the team; ensure a productive and collaborative working environment within the regional team and the country support team; model Gavi values ​​and behaviors; • Coordination and management of stakeholders: o Coordinate and strengthen collaboration with regional and national partners in the assigned region, including regional working groups; o Support the management of technical assistance from partners; o Manage relationships with major donors; o Foster an enabling environment at all levels (global, regional, national); o Represent Gavi in ​​regional/other forums. • Analysis and policy: o Conduct in-depth analysis of programs and performance, identify and manage risks; o Contribute to the development of Gavi policies and operational policies, procedures and tools; provide policy advice and analysis.

Continuous improvement: • Co-develop and ensure the adoption of good practices for grant management, strategic information management, risk assessment, knowledge and lessons sharing, etc. ; instill a culture of continuous improvement and the values ​​of Gavi.

Note: The essential functions listed in this section are not exhaustive of job responsibilities; other duties may be assigned based on departmental needs.


• Advanced university degree in public health, health economics, development, business administration (with experience in international development) or other relevant qualification.


• Minimum 10 years of professional experience in the field of public health or development at the international level; experience in health systems or development finance a definite asset; • Demonstrated experience in building and leading high performing teams; • Excellent experience of working in/with developing countries on technical issues; • Proven experience in bilateral and multilateral environments.


• Excellent management skills, including teamwork and people/team leadership and people development; • Prioritization, planning, analysis, problem solving and good judgment; • Strategic facilitation, negotiation, political sense; • Technical skills in health or international development/economics/finance; • Representation, advocacy, diplomacy, tact and discretion; • Interpersonal, communication, writing and presentation skills; • Dynamism, proactivity, action and results orientation, continuous improvement; • Ability to work successfully in an international, multicultural and multi-partner environment, with significant travel.


• Proficiency in written and spoken English essential; • French an asset.


Internal contacts: • All Gavi Secretariat teams.

External contacts: • Governments of developing countries; • Gavi Alliance partners; • UN, multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and civil society.

How to register

If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume via our Careers web page and apply by clicking on “Regional Head, Country Support”. The application deadline is August 15, 2022.

Please note that as a vaccine organization and in order to ensure duty of care to its employees, Gavi requires new employees to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of continuing employment with us. You can find out more by visiting this link. Be part of our community and join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on our mission to save children’s lives! You can also follow our hashtag #vaccineswork. Gavi brings together the public and private sectors to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing the equitable and sustainable use of vaccines against 18 infectious diseases. You will join an organization at the center of the international response to COVID-19, at the most critical time in global health in a lifetime. You will work in a culturally diverse environment with over 70 nationalities. You will collaborate with partners such as the WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank – and businesses, civil society and government. And you’ll work at the first global health organization to receive gender-equal pay certification. Your unique experience, skills and talents can help us achieve our vision of leaving no one behind without the life-saving power of vaccines. To support Gavi’s commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, we hire globally and welcome applications regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sex, gender identity or expression, physical characteristics, race, religion, spirituality or sexual orientation. .

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