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Communications Officer

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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The World Health Organization's Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) includes the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying research priorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights; for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; for collaborating with countries to build national capacity to conduct research; and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. The Department draws on research and global expertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexual and reproductive health and rights. More information about SRH and HRP can be found at HRP Secretariat is responsible for HRP governing and advisory bodies, strategic and operational planning,finance and administration, communications, global advocacy, fundraising,networking and partner engagement.


(1) Develop, implement and continually update a communications strategy for the Special Programme, encompassing internal and external communication, using a broad range of tools and channels.(2) Develop and implement a limited number of communications initiatives for the Special Programme, including at international conferences and symposia, working in close collaboration with senior staff, the departmental Communications group, and the WHO Communications Department.(3) Promote HRP evidence, and sexual and reproductive health and rights guidance to senior internal and external partners, including with WHO country offices(4) Convene and chair communications meetings with the WHO Communications Department to plan for joint communications activities and events.(6) Manage the day-to-day operation of HRP communications team including the delivery of (i)printed materials, (ii) web-based materials, (iii) social media, (iv) electronic newsletters, (v) multimedia.(7) Develop communications and publication policies for the Department and HRP Special Programme, in consultation with staff and management, and theWHO Communications Department(8) Monitor and evaluate the impact of HRP's communications activities in order to improve them. Report on communications achievements on an annual basis in line with the ToC monitoring plan.



Essential: Advanced University degree in communications, media,international development, languages, or another field relevant for this position
Desirable: A post-graduate degree in international relations or public health.


Essential: At least seven years of experience in communications in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, or a related public health field, including at the national and international levels. Direct experience with managing corporate communications campaigns using social media in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Desirable: Experience in a United Nations agency or Programme, or international organization.


1. Proven ability to develop and implement communications or advocacy initiatives, using appropriate tools and channels; and to achieve results in a global, multicultural, multinational and decentralized organization.2. Ability to create and motivate networks of people across a range of communications-related disciplines. 3. Knowledge of WHO and the United Nations, the way they operate and the global context in which they work, including communications on sexual and reproductive health and rights with Member States.4. Ability to prepare communications in flawless English.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other UN Language.


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 74,913 (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 5306 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.
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