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Communications Officer Unitaid

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-04

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Unitaid is a multilateral partnership 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.


Operational support to the Team Lead for forward planning for communications, including development of planning tools, development of procedures and processes, particularly in light of the 2021 external audit of key controls around communications, media monitoring and crisis management; Contribute to the development of the annual corporate communications strategy, as well as thematic communication strategies; Ensure quality assurance of translations, including putting in place of quality assurance process with external service providers; Work on wide range of writing assignments, examples to include general content for the website, talking points for senior executives, news releases, brochures, fact sheets, etc.; Contribute to the development of a communications and stakeholder engagement strategy to support the upcoming Unitaid Strategy 2022 cycle; Play a proactive role in conceptualizing, planning and producing the annual report; Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first level university degree in communications, journalism, humanities, social science or other relevant subject.


Essential: At least five years of experience at national or international level in communications, or national, multilateral and/or international stakeholder engagement; One year's experience of working in multicultural teams; Demonstrated experience of global health or international development health issues; Proven experience writing about technically complex issues and making them understandable to diverse audiences.
Desirable: Experience working in a complex organization; Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment; Experience crafting messages for social media; Ability to engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, inside and outside Unitaid.


Excellent writing skills combined with ability to make complex technical issues understandable to non-specialist audiences. Strong analytical and planning capabilities, coupled with political awareness. Demonstrable skill in communicating effectively to differentiated audiences. Good knowledge of global health issues, and a sound grasp of HIV, TB and malaria preferred. Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment to short deadlines and produce results under pressure. Demonstrated ability to work smoothly and flexibly in a team.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Portugese. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish.


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 a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4511 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.


  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • As a WHO staff member assigned solely and exclusively to support this Partnership, selected staff will have no right of reassignment or transfer outside the Partnership either during or at the end of his/her appointment, including pursuant to WHO Staff Rule 1050. (This does not apply to WHO fixed-term staff members reassigned from a non-Partnership position.)
  • UNITAID is a partnership hosted and administered by WHO, located outside WHO premises in Le Pommier, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex.
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