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OFFRE D'EMPLOI OMS - Team Lead - Unitaid - (1904849)

Grade: P5

Contractual Arrangement: Temporary appointment under Staff Rule 420.4

Contract duration: 24 months

Posting Date Oct 17, 2019, 8:48:15 AM

Closing Date Oct 31, 2019, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Location Switzerland-Geneva

Organization UT/UTD UNITAID International drug purchase facility

Schedule Full-time

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Unitaid is a multilateral Organization hosted by the World Health Organization. Unitaid is focused on making a unique and impactful contribution to the global response against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries. It catalyses improvements for the larger response through forward-looking and time limited investments that are designed to increase access to better, more effective and more affordable health products (i.e. preventatives, medicines and diagnostics). These investments typically target market-based interventions such as price reductions, improvements in quality and supply, and the introduction of innovative products more suitable for the populations in need.


- Lead, establish and implement the communications strategy that aligns all of the organization's priorities;

- Implement the communications strategy through outreach to partners, donors and other stakeholders;

- Manage a team of communications staff, guide and train them to execute the strategy and closely monitor its implementation;

- Formulate and coordinate messaging and ensure consistent delivery of these messages in time-sensitive situations;

- Oversee design and content of website and social media activities;

- Use professional knowledge and expertise of communications to oversee writing of reports, news releases, summaries, briefing papers and talking points on issues of relevance to the organization;

- Oversee the production of all promotional and printed materials, including annual reports;

- Work with colleagues across units to communicate complex issues to diverse audiences;

- Provide professional know-how to colleagues in other departments to build on their knowledge of communications skills;

- Develop and promote a standardized branding approach across the organization that ensures a coherent external image;

- Act as a senior representative of Unitaid to external stakeholders;

- Oversee handling of inquiries and coordinate responses to partners and donors about the organization;

- Provide explanations of the organization to external partners and stakeholders;

- Oversee the successful execution of selected projects, such as high-profile events, and social media campaigns;

- Serve as a spokesperson for the organization and as its primary media and communications focal point;

- Develop and maintain strong relationships with international media;

- Manage the Communications team: coordinate, manage, implement budgets and work plans; contribute to continuous improvement;

- Manages performance: guides staff towards meeting challenges and achieving objectives, promoting ownership and responsibility for outcomes;

- Develop media and communications engagement plans for Board members and the Executive Director;

- Perform other duties as required.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in communications, media, journalism, social sciences, humanities or a related field.



Essential: Minimum 10 years of experience in journalism, marketing or related field, some of which in an international context. Extensive experience in managing teams effectively. Experience of working with international news media.Experience of working with a variety of media, such as written press, social media, video etc.

Desirable: Experience working in an organisation with a complex variety of external partners. Experience working in an emerging country. Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.


WHO Competencies


Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences


Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership

Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.



WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 87,108 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 5546 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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