Job opportunity: Senior Manager, Humanitarian Buffer Implementation – COVAX

Gavi is looking for a Senior Manager, Humanitarian Buffer Implementation – COVAX, starting as soon as possible until December 31, 2021. 


Application deadline: September 28, 2021

Location: Geneva
Purpose of the position: Operationalisation and implementation of the Humanitarian Buffer
Department: Office of the COVAX Facility



The Humanitarian Buffer is a mechanism established within the COVAX Facility to act as a measure of ‘last resort’ to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines for high-risk and vulnerable populations in humanitarian settings. Populations of concern in humanitarian settings may include refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, minorities, populations in conflict settings or those affected by humanitarian emergencies, and vulnerable migrants irrespective of their legal status. Both COVAX Participants and humanitarian agencies can apply for Humanitarian Buffer doses.


Main duties & responsibilities: 

The Senior Manager, Humanitarian Buffer Implementation (Humanitarian Agency Liaison) will support the operationalisation and implementation of the Humanitarian Buffer:

Lead the country and agency communications for the humanitarian buffer:

  • Operationalise and implement process for information flow to applicants;
  • Update and maintain guidance and communications materials related to the Buffer for external stakeholders/ countries e.g. FAQs, website;
  • Internal communications within the Gavi Secretariat with Public Policy Engagement/Senior Country Managers/Executive Office etc;
  • Support relationship management with COVAX partners;
  • Support relationship management with humanitarian agencies;
  • Oversee confidentiality of information flows.


Project manage preparedness checks and monitor contracts for humanitarian buffer doses:

  • work with CRD, SCO and other Pillar teams to track preparedness and escalate as needed to deliver doses in a timely manner; 
  • Coordinate across COVAX Facility teams to gather data, status updates including from Vaccine Deal-making and Portfolio Management, Country Engagement, Public Policy Engagement, Resource Mobilisation, Risk, Communications, and Legal.
  • Lead development of twice-yearly Board reporting on humanitarian buffer implementation;
  • Oversee delivery funding for humanitarian buffer doses going to UNICEF;
  • Lead the execution of the learning agenda with Measurement Evaluation and Learning team and implement learnings;
  • Provide link into Gavi 5.0, Fragility, Emergencies and Refugees and zero-dose work;
  • Support strategic plan development for the humanitarian buffer;
  • Support analysis and develop materials for internal and external meetings related to the humanitarian buffer (e.g., project team meetings, country/partner consultations, governance body meetings, multilateral advocacy meetings).


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