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Communication Officer

Praia (Cape Verde)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Praia (Cape Verde)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-01

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Communicationshas a key role in supporting WHO's Regional and Country leadership in the effective delivery of GPW13, particularly with respect to promoting best practices,health information dissemination, reputation management and corporate branding.The incumbent prepares communication materials, including reports, photographic essays and video for themedia and key partners. The incumbent is the lead for interfacing with the media and for guidance to staff throughout the country on the rules for media engagement as well as issues of copyrights,data privacy or other aspects of AFRO communications.


1. Identify subjects of interest to develop and improve media/communication activities at the country level and develop a communications plan for the country office,which works in synergy with the global and regional communications strategies.2. Produce public information materials such as press releases and media advisories on WHO events, products and issues for dissemination to theprint, electronic and online media, as well as media talking points for country spokes people.3. Build relations with the national media and ensure that WHO issues, and work are regularly profiled by the national media. 4. Take photographs of key WHO events, activities as well as of key health programmes for use on the country and regional websites as photo stories, as well as on social media. 5. Monitor media coverage of WHO issues, programmes and people in the country and provide regular reports to the Regional Office.6. Organize photographic shoots and interviews and filming opportunities to support high-visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers,etc.7. Manage the social media accounts of the country office in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach. Regularly update content on these platforms8. Manage the development and maintenance of the country website, in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach. Regularly update content on the website.9. Research and write feature stories and messages, ideally bringing in a human element fromreal life experiences 10. Work with external relations officer in the country office (if there is one) or in theregional office to 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. 11. 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. 12. Perform any other communications- relatedduties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: A first university degree in communication,journalism, political science or international relations or related field froman 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. -Courses in photography and videography


Essential: -At leastone year related experience, at the national and international level, in communication and/or advocacy.- Proven experience in writing advocacy documents and in the production of communication material
Desirable: -Prior working experience withWHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization. -Experience in organizingadvocacy campaigns. -Experience in photography-Experience in videography andediting of video footage


- Proven skills in writing impactful communications products. - Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability toconceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.- Excellent coordination skills.- Ability to "think out ofthe box" and to make innovative proposals asrelated to communication.- Knowledge or understanding ofWHO's mandate and goals

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

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French. Expert knowledge of Portuguese.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at CVE 2,734,807 (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.
  • 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.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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