Capacity Building Manager - National Activation

Job title: Manager, Capacity Building – National Activation
Reports to: Senior Manager, Capacity Building – National Activation
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Availability: as soon as possible

About the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a non-government organisation based in Geneva which serves an international and diverse population of cancer organisations to unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. We have achieved this by building a membership base of over thousand organisations and engaging in partnerships with more than 60 organisations across the UN, academic, health and private sector.

UICC convenes members and partners to encourage collaboration and new thinking through keystone events (World Cancer Congress, World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and World Cancer Day). Through our capacity building activities, UICC supports its members do a better job tomorrow than they do today and increase their impact by scaling up their relevance, reach and sustainability in their own settings. With our members and partners, we drive forward the key advocacy priorities building upon key international agreements (the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Plan on NCDs and the 2017 Cancer Resolution at the World Health Assembly) to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

UICC has a team of 45 people based predominantly in Geneva, Switzerland led by a CEO, reporting to a Board of Directors. It has an annual income of approximately $10m and has plans to grow significantly in the coming years. The UICC works in new offices in Geneva situated close to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, with whom it has formal relations

Capacity Building

Capacity Building is one of the three key pillars of UICC’s work, alongside Advocacy and Convening. Through the development of specific capacity building initiatives and programmes, UICC seeks to strengthen the cancer community and UICC members specifically, supporting organisations to do a better job tomorrow than they already do today and increasing their impact. Within the Capacity Building portfolio, there are four key workstreams; leadership development; learning; grants and fellowships; building capacity for advocacy, with a cross-cutting emphasis on regional engagement.

Summary of the position

Treatment for All aims to mobilise, equip and support UICC members and in-country civil society to identify advocacy priorities and engage meaningfully with governments to translate global cancer commitments into national action, thereby improving patient outcomes through strengthened cancer services and interventions that are integrated into the health system.

The Capacity Building Manager– National Activation will be responsible for the engagement and support of specific UICC members in the Treatment for All national activation initiative as well as managing and updating an existing suite of materials, resources and training to support UICC’s members, partners and other organisations in implementing national Treatment for All advocacy strategies.

Main responsibilities

  • Strengthening and manage the relationship with UICC members participating in the Treatment for All initiative
  • Facilitating connections, showcasing country-level experiences and stories, promoting the initiative and building an active Treatment for All community
  • Facilitating and managing the development and delivery of virtual and in-person training for the Treatment for All Country Champions
  • To refine useful tools for UICC members leading national Treatment for All advocacy campaigns
  • To compile feedback and input from national participating organisations and develop tools tailored to existing needs adapted to the local context
  • To support the mobilisation of advocates at national, regional and global levels, demonstrating the importance of collective action for progress toward the global cancer control agenda
  • To ensure that UICC convening platforms are used accordingly to showcase and strengthen the national activation of Treatment for All and its portfolio of work
  • To ensure that updated information and recommendations from relevant global health platforms, e.g. World Health Assembly, inform the development of the initiative and are shared as appropriate with UICC members involved in the initiative.
  • To provide input to the development, management, monitoring and evaluation, and funding of the Treatment for All national activation work stream, in accordance with the work plan
  • To work in collaboration with all UICC teams to ensure promotion of Treatment for All messaging and streamline of actions when working at national level as well as to write reports and articles.

Skills and competencies

  • Advanced university degree with a minimum of 3 years proven track record in developing, implementing and managing advocacy projects for non-profit organisations
  • Strong understanding of the impact of inequity on access to health care and health outcomes
  • Understanding of public health as an advantage
  • Experience in designing and/or delivering capacity building-related activities is desired
  • Experience in working with civil society in multiple settings, especially in low- and middle-income countries, and mobilising collective action is an advantage
  • Proven track-record in working with diverse stakeholders, including national authorities and civil society organisations
  • Fluency and excellence writing skills in English.
  • Proficiency in at least one of the two other languages of the initiative Spanish and French
  • Good facilitation skills to coordinate audiences from various regions and different backgrounds
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to work in a small, multicultural, dynamic team.


Applicants should hold or be eligible for a Swiss work permit

Send a motivation letter explaining how you think your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position and a CV to

Deadline for applications: 1 August 2019

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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Last update: 
Thursday 18 July 2019