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Roster for Communication Officer - Multiple Duty Stations

Multiple locations (Multiple locations)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-27

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Objectives of the Programme

The mission of the CRP Department is to strategically support and oversee all communication activities in the region (including regional and country offices), to mobilize resources, build strategic alliances and partnerships, and manage external relations.The Department manages WHO/EMRO's relationship with the international community by contributing to the positioning of the Organization's regional health priorities into the agenda of the international community and in positioning the Organization to attain technical and strategic recognition within the regional and global settings.

Description of Duties\:

1.Contribute to developing, maintaining and updating the country advocacy and communication strategy and associated work plan that aims to enhance the visibility of WHO work as well as highlight impact.

2.Build and maintain a network of contacts with the press/media and optimize networking opportunities to ensure and promote the dissemination of information. Ensure that the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts).

3.Identify subjects of interest to develop and improve media/communication activities pertaining to the communication activities at the country level. Design state-of-the-art communication materials and tools; ensure the rapid and timely dissemination of information to all partners.

4.Identify opportunities to build and strengthen the capacity of partners through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to information, supplies and equipment and through knowledge sharing;

5.Ensure that the Country Office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on WHO’s global communications priorities and campaigns, both disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way, as well as providing/enabling coverage of the work in the country for global use.

6.Ensure that global, regional and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities.

7.Ensure that communication baselines are established against which the achievement of objectives of the communication strategy are regularly evaluated; analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of communication strategy, approach and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.


Essential\: First University degree in communication, journalism, political science or international relations or related field.

Desirable\: Master’s degree in communication, journalism, political science or international relations or related field.


Essential\: At least five years’ related experience, at the national and international level, in producing communication materials in support of an organization’s visibility and impact as well as working as an agency focal point for communication, including collaborating with technical units to showcase impact.

Desirable\: Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization.

Functional Knowledge and Skills

• Proven track record in developing a communication strategy and communication products for the media and digital sphere related to showcasing an organizations work and impact
• Proven track record in working with media to arrange coverage of events
• Experience in engaging with partners around advocacy priorities


Enhanced WHO Global Competency Model\:


1. Teamwork
2. Respecting & promoting individual and cultural differences
3. Communication
4. Promoting WHO’s position in health leadership
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Excellent knowledge of English. Working knowledge of Arabic would be an asset.

Other Skills (e.g. IT)

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
• Familiarity with the use of graphic design, visual design, social media, website development and publishing software.


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 60,962 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment which reflects the cost of living in the assigned duty station. Variations may occur either upward or downwards, depending on currency exchange rate fluctuation or inflation in the assigned duty station. Other entitlements will be determined based on the nature/duration of the contract and duty station to which the staff member will be assigned.


  • This requisition will be used to establish a roster of qualified candidates to fill multiple positions of similar profile at the same grade including that of a temporary nature. Placement on the roster does not guarantee appointment to a position.

  • Decisions on selection and appointment will be taken through a separate process.
  • Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line through Stellis. For assessment of your application, please ensure that\: 1 -Your profile on Stellis is properly completed and updated; 2- All required details regarding your qualifications, education and training are provided; 3- Your experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time.Kindly note that CVs/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.

  • 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\:http\:// 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.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.

  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.

  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\:http\:// 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.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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