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OFFRE D'EMPLOI OMS Communication Officer (Roster: multiple locations) - (1905070)

Grade: P3

Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment

Contract duration: Two (2) years

Job Posting: Nov 7, 2019, 11:10:15 AM

Closing Date: Dec 5, 2019, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location: Multiple locations

Organization: AF/ORD Office of the Regional Director

Schedule: Full-time  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. 


The objective of the position is to, ensure timely production and dissemination of high quality public information on longstanding and emerging public health issues through various platforms (print, web, broadcast, social media etc.) ; Define and promote a consistent corporate identity for WHO internally and externally; Create a 21st century 'culture of communications' at WHO by strengthening capacity at the country level; Contribute to managing WHO's reputation by monitoring public opinion and concerns, and responding to them strategically; and lead the strategic communications raround reaching the WHO triple billion targets including progress towards universal health coverage and response to public health emergencies


In the context of the WHO strategic direction at the country level, the incumbent will deliver a well-rounded communications plan, and  contribute to the regional and global communications strategies; identify subjects of interest to develop advocacy/communications activities; ensure the accurate and timely production and  dissemination of high quality public information products to highlight WHO’s work on the ground; promote achievements and results towards reaching the WHO triple billion targets; build contacts with the press/media and optimize networking opportunities.


The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:

  1. Develop and implement a country communications plan which includes a timeline of key communications products

  2. Identify subjects/stories of interest   pertaining to WHO efforts at the country level to develop communications products such as feature stories, press releases and social media posts...

  3. Work together with WHO PPP/RM in the Country office and the AFRO Regional Communications Team to conceptualize a set of new advocacy documents to inform stakeholders and the general public about WHO's response, co-develop, as relevant, high quality media tools, including audio-visual, photographic and printed materials, television and radio programmes, multimedia presentations, social media, videos and press releases, bulletins etc., to promote WHO's visibility, achievements and success stories.

  4. Liaise with the press/media to advocate and disseminate information on WHO work as well as relevant events such as WHO campaigns. Organize interviews and filming opportunities to support high-visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers, etc.

  5. Manage the development and maintenance of content for the country website and social media platforms, in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach. Critically review and improve contents.

  6. Prepare communication and advocacy products and statements to be used by the Resource Mobilization team in convincing and encouraging donors to rapidly fund the overall health sector response to affected populations.

  7. Collaborate with all relevant actors, including the health cluster, regional and field offices, other WHO departments, UN agencies, and other partners to identify and create communication opportunities and prepare communication campaigns on specific topics.

  1. Represent the WCO in the UN Communication Group and provide appropriate technical support as required.
  2. Organize advocacy events, press interactions and meetings to increase the visibility of WHO and knowledge about the work of the WCO;
  3. Perform any other communication specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
  4. Support MoH public communications during key health events including health emergencies, through the development of talking points, press releases, press statements and other media products.



Essential: A first university degree in communication, journalism, political science or international relations or related field from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable: Formal qualification in public health; Courses in communication techniques such as graphic design, visual language and in the use of social media. Training in risk communication is an asset.


Essential: At least five years’ related experience, at the national and international level, in external communications. Proven experience in writing engaging communications materials

Desirable: Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization; experience in organizing advocacy campaigns and experience in managing publishing processes.

Proven experience in writing advocacy documents

Proven experience in taking photographs or filming video which are of professional quality


  1. Proven skills in the development and implementation of communications plans

  2. Proven skills in writing feature stories and other key communications products

  3. Proven skills in engaging with national, regional and international media and securing media coverage

  4. Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.

  5. Excellent presentation skills

  6. Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals as related to communication. Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals in the emergency incident management context.

  7. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

  8. Familiarity with the use of graphic design, visual design, social media, website development and publishing software

WHO Competencies

  1. Communication in a credible and effective way

  2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences;

  3. Fostering integration and teamwork

  4.  Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.



WHO offers staff in the Professional Category an attractive remuneration package, which for the above position includes an annual net base salary starting at 60,233 US Dollars (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


·      This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

·     Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

·     A written test may be used as a form of screening.

·     In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

·     Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.

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·     WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.

·     Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.