Project officer: health (consultancy)

Inter-Parliamentary Union

Organizational setting and reporting relationships: The consultant will work in the International Development Programme of the Division of Programmes of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In performing her/his duties, the consultant will report to the Programme Manager for International Development.

Accountabilities: Within delegated authority, the Project Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Support and devise capacity-building activities for parliaments to address key legal, programmatic and financial challenges affecting progress on health in their countries, particularly for marginalized populations.
  • Organize and implement, in cooperation with targeted parliaments, the various activities to strengthen parliamentary capacities and engagement on health.
  • Provide support for and coordinate preparation of IPU publications in the area of health.
  • Support the mobilization of parliaments and organization of activities at the global level (e.g. IPU Assembly, World Health Assembly, UN High Level Meetings).
  • Monitor project expenditures within approved funding and keep administrative records in respect of project activities.
  • Draft activity reports on the implementation of the project for submission to donors and IPU governing bodies.
  • Provide material for publication on the IPU website and in other media on project activities and results.
  • Collect data and prepare parliamentary input into global monitoring and reporting processes on health.
  • Identify opportunities for cooperation with relevant entities and projects and propose steps to implement such opportunities.
  • Provide, as requested, other assistance in areas relevant to the IPU’s work on health.


  • Capacity-building activities are conducted in two parliaments.
  • Agreements and work plans with WHO, PMNCH and GAVI are implemented.
  • Support is provided to the IPU President, Secretary General, Chair of the Advisory Group on Health and other IPU office holders for their high-level engagements (SUN Movement Lead Group, PMNCH governance structures, other high-level meetings and events).
  • Preliminary data is collected for the 2023 report on implementation of the IPU resolution Achieving universal health coverage by 2030: The role of parliaments in ensuring the right to health.
  • Relevant activities are coordinated with FAO and the SUN Movement and nutrition is included in the IPU’s activities on health and development as appropriate.
  • Assistance is provided to the Secretary of the Advisory Group on Health.
  • Relevant health activities are organized at the IPU Assembly in March 2023 and other global forums.
  • Relevant tools for parliamentary engagement on health are produced and the recent health-related handbooks are promoted and used in relevant activities (on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health, global health security and universal health coverage).
  • Lessons on the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized groups are drawn from implemented activities and applied to future ones.
  • Support is provided for the inclusion of sessions on health in regional seminars on the SDGs and for the organization of other SDG activities that deal with health issues.
  • Narrative and financial reports to donors are compiled and submitted.
  • Activity reports on the implementation of the health component of the IPU Strategy are prepared and submitted to the IPU governing bodies.
  • Other assistance in areas relevant to health and international development is provided as requested.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Parliamentarians, Secretaries General/Clerks of parliament, parliamentary staff;
  • Officials from the United Nations and other partner organizations;
  • Members of the IPU Secretariat.


  • Professionalism: Good knowledge of global health issues and current political affairs. Knowledge of the functioning and structure of national parliaments is desirable.
  • Planning and organization: Demonstrated organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and to plan and monitor own work plan and meet deadlines. Demonstrated use of initiative in facilitating the production of a complex work product. Personal attributes of self-motivation, tact, sound judgment and a preparedness to accept responsibility.
  • Communication: Ability to write and communicate orally in a clear and concise manner.
  • Technological awareness: Advanced knowledge of MS Office; advanced use of the internet including the use of social media tools.
  • Teamwork: Aptitude for human contacts and resourcefulness. Team spirit. Adaptability to varying working environments and conditions.
  • Commitment to continuous learning: Willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the relevant fields and to develop own skills.


  • University degree in political science, law, international relations or related fields.
  • Good knowledge of project management tools and techniques.
  • At least three years of proven experience in managing projects in an international environment. Demonstrated ability to achieve expected results and outcomes.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent reading, writing and speaking skills in English and a working knowledge of French.
  • Work experience with projects involving parliamentarians is a distinct advantage.

Dates and conditions:

The consultancy will run from 1 January 2023 to 30 June 2023 (109 working days). The consultant will be based at the IPU Headquarters in Geneva with the possibility of teleworking upon agreement.

How to apply

How to apply

Candidates should provide the following:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A brief description of why they are the right person for this consultancy, including details on their personal contribution to at least two relevant projects.
  • Information about their availability to begin work.
  • Expected daily fee.

The deadline for applications is 27 October 2022. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] with “Consultancy – Health” in the subject line.