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Change Manager, Performance & Transformation (temp)


  • Organization: Gavi, Vaccine Alliance
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Mid level - CS3 - Career Step 3 - Professional - Both internationally and locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-11-27

The newly created Performance and Transformation team supports the Gavi leadership and Board in putting the key organisational enablers in place to accelerate the roll-out of Gavi 5.1. Acting as the Gavi Enterprise PMO, this includes (i) strengthening the corporate performance management process in the Gavi Secretariat to ensure Gavi’s leadership steers the organisation towards results; (ii) building a prioritised pipeline of transformative operational excellence initiatives with a compelling business case and providing portfolio level oversight of these initiatives; and (iii) in partnership with the business, managing a set of high impact initiatives with a focus on cultural change (e.g. health of the Alliance partnership, engaged and motivated workforce) and simplification of corporate structures and processes (e.g., workforce planning). 

The Change Manager, Performance & Transformation will enable the ambitious transformation agenda by supporting the creation and implementation of a holistic change management strategy and approach. They will work with the Head, Performance and Transformation, Gavi’s Internal Communications Manager, as well as other leaders of Gavi’s operational excellence agenda, such as in HR, as a thought partner on change management actions and implementation. They will contribute to the development and implementation of concrete approaches and plans and create, under the guidance of a Senior Change Manager and the Gavi communications team, contents and communications for staff and other stakeholder engagement, ensuring that Gavi’s transformation journey is understood and owned among the key stakeholders within the organisation.
The Change Manager, Performance & Transformation will be instrumental in creating a culture of operational excellence in the Gavi Secretariat by working with individual initiative teams in executing concrete change management strategies tailored to team needs, supporting staff engagement on the drivers and goals of operational excellence, spreading information on approaches and needs, celebrating successes and ensuring effective two-way communication on the initiatives. Under the guidance of Gavi communication team, they will develop approaches and contents for a holistic set of change management channels and actions tailored to the needs of the Secretariat and Alliance and building on the existing experience and expertise. 

Concrete activities will include:
•    As part of the Performance and Transformation team and working with Gavi communications team, contribute to the development of a holistic change management strategy and approach for the operational excellence agenda based on a deep understanding of the individual initiatives and overarching goals, knowledge of industry best practice as well as Gavi-internal knowledge & experience;
•    As part of initiative project teams, support the reflection of change management principles and actions in initiative plans and concrete change management actions the team takes;
•    Support the translation of the overarching and initiative-specific change management strategies and approaches into a concrete plan and its implementation;
•    Develop concrete contents for change management activities, such as engaging materials for staff meetings on operational excellence overall and individual initiatives, regular information sharing (physical and online, including in Gavi’s intranet) such as videos, testimonials and other innovative formats that spread information and create excitement for operational excellence;
•    Support the Senior Change Manager in the management of a Gavi-internal operational excellence “excellerators” network designed to facilitate information sharing and organization-wide dialogue on operational excellence (e.g., with scheduling, correspondence, materials for the “excellerators”);
•    Use formats for effective two-way communication and tools to monitor staff sentiment during the operational excellence journey, as well as assist in developing responses to findings (e.g., analysing the results of pulse surveys, having discussions with individual staff involved in the initiatives on opportunities for improvements);
•    Collaborate seamlessly with Gavi communications colleagues and liaise with Gavi’s external agencies (e.g., creative agencies) as required to create a holistic strategy, plan and materials;
•    Develop and implement formats to upskill the wider Gavi organisation on change management.

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.
•    Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the field of organisational transformation, change management, internal communications required;
•    Thereof at least two years in a top tier communications or advocacy firm, or senior communications/change management role in a corporate environment preferred;
•    Additional qualifications with specific focus on organisational change management highly desirable (professional change management practitioner or related);
•    Experience in working with and engaging stakeholders across different seniority levels is preferred;
•    Experience in Global Health and/or the non-profit/public sector is an asset.
•    Structured strategic thinking;
•    Good understanding of theories, tools and approaches for effective communications and change management;
•    Good people skills including relationship development at senior levels, and ability to influence outside of formal hierarchical structures;
•    Excellent analytical and project management skills;
•    Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills;
•    Proficient in relevant areas of content development, including visually appealing presentations/posters talking points, etc.;
•    Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish working relationships with multiple teams;
•    Ability to work independently, under pressure, demonstrating initiative and flexibility.
•    Fluent English; French is a plus. 
•    University degree in communications, psychology, human resources or equivalent required.
•    Head, Performance & Transformation (line manager); 
•    Gavi communications team
•    Gavi Senior Leadership team
•    Gavi Leadership Forum
•    Collaboration with all teams in Gavi’s Secretariat; 
•    Gavi partners at WHO, UNICEF and others. 
If you wish to apply, please provide a cover letter and resume through this link and apply by clicking on “Change Manager, Performance & Transformation (temp)”. Deadline for applications is 27 November 2023. 

This is a 12 months temporary position (from contract start date)

Please note that as a vaccine organisation and in order to provide duty of care towards its employees, Gavi is requiring its new employees to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition for pursuing employment with us. You can find out more by visiting this link.              

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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.
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