Senior Programme Manager, Fragility, Emergencies and Displaced Populations At GAVI Alliance

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 implementing country and donor governments, the World Health Organisation, 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 more than 1 billion children and the prevention of more than 16.2 million future deaths.


Please note this is a temporary role, until 31st December 2025.

Gavi pursues an ambitious mission across its portfolio of countries to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines. Traditionally, Gavi has engaged primarily with and through Governments and Alliance partners to achieve its mission, leading to important progress in immunisation globally. However, Gavi’s Board has acknowledged that the Alliance must find new and innovative ways to support immunisation in situations of fragility, emergency, and displacement, both to respond to humanitarian needs, and to inform Gavi’s own learning agenda around optimal ways of engaging in FED contexts. Specifically, Gavi now seeks to develop bolder and more effective flexibilities and programmatic models for application under its FED policy. The FED Manager’s role will be critical to this process.


The Senior Programme Manager, Fragility, Emergencies and Displaced Populations position is a full-time role based in Geneva, Switzerland for a period of two years. The Senior Programme Manager will serve as a first point of contact within the Secretariat regarding the FED policy and its application, and will be responsible for supporting, tracking and documenting the policy’s use. The Senior Programme Manager, Fragility, Emergencies and Displaced Populations will, in collaboration with a range of internal teams and in consultation with Alliance core and expanded partners, support the development and /or revision of FED flexibilities to existing procedures, and the establishment of entirely new ways of working. They will engage closely with Gavi Secretariat teams to streamline processes and procedures to enable the operationalisation of needed flexibilities and ways of working.

Main duties and responsibilities include:
• Serve as first point of contact for the Gavi Secretariat for all matters related to the FED policy and its application;
• Within the Secretariat, serve as a resource person on the humanitarian sector, principles, and ways of working;
• Document and track application of the FED Policy;
• Support Country Programmes Delivery and other Secretariat teams to effectively navigate the application of the FED policy;
• Liaise with relevant Gavi Secretariat teams to identify new ways of working, and solutions for streamlining new approaches within existing systems;
• Engage with Gavi’s EVOLVE project to input FED considerations into efforts to revise Gavi’s grant management system and relevant procedures and processes;
• In consultation with Gavi’s Programme Support team (PST) and others, develop policy and/or procedural guidelines and SOPs for the application of new/revised flexibilities and ways of working under the FED policy;
• Design grant templates to accommodate new models for engagement with implementing partners;
• Inform changes to due diligence processes for the identification and contracting of new implementing partners;
• Design grant application templates;
• Prepare briefings, FAQs, or other materials to update and inform internal and external stakeholders about the FED policy and ways of working;
• Support the preparation of learning activities and the development of lessons learned documents;
• Provide FED inputs and learnings to Gavi policy and strategic development processes and papers as needed.

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.



• University degree in humanitarian or development studies, international relations, public health, or other relevant discipline;
• Further qualifications in programme design, management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management and reporting, and/or public health an asset.


• Minimum of 8 years working experience in international organisations, of which at least 5 years of professional experience in the design, management and/or monitoring of humanitarian and/or development programmes;
• Minimum 2 years of work experience in countries experiencing fragility/emergencies/ displacement;
• Experience working with (I)NGOs, the UN, and/or global health institutions preferred;
• Familiarity with global health institutions, policies, and programming strongly desired.


• Excellent analytical and systems thinking and demonstrated problem-solving skills;
• Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills;
• Intercultural proficiency;
• Proficiency in coordination and the consolidation of inputs;
• Precision, attention to detail, and ability to work effectively with large quantities of information;
• Interdisciplinary mindset with a broad interest in various fields and eagerness to learn;
• Pragmatic hands-on management style and the ability to reduce complexity and deliver results;
• Ability to work autonomously, under pressure, demonstrating initiative and flexibility;
• Team player able to establish working relationships with many teams in a multicultural environment;
• Excellent writing skills and attention to detail;
• Competence with digital tools and ability to work quickly and accurately with them;
• Willingness to work in a fast-paced, ambiguous and constantly changing environment.


• Written and spoken fluency in English;
• French strongly desired;
• Other languages are an asset.


• Collaboration with all teams in Gavi Secretariat;
• Regular engagement with Head ZIP/FED
• Cross-team collaboration with ZIP PMU
• As required interactions with Alliance partners and Gavi Board constituencies.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through our Careers webpage and apply by clicking on “Senior Programme Manager, Fragility, Emergencies and Displaced Populations”. Deadline for applications is 5 December 2023.

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Gavi brings together the public and private sectors to save lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable and sustainable use of vaccines against 18 infectious diseases. You will be joining an organisation at the centre of the international COVID-19 response, 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 WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank – and from business, civil society and government. And you will work in the first global health organisation to receive equal gender salary 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.