Risk Communications Officer
External Desciption - Classified Position
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
The objectives of the Country Health Emergency Preparedness & the International Health Regulations (2005) programme area (CPI) include the monitoring and evaluation of countries’ preparedness to health and humanitarian emergencies, the planning and country capacity building for critical capacities involving an all-hazards approach at all three levels of the Organization. The CPI also support all the work related to the IHR Secretariat. The CPI programme area prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries.
The incumbent, works as a focal point for risk communication, will report directly to the Team Lead, IHR Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation under the overall guidance of the Programme Area Manager Country Health Emergency Preparedness & IHR. S/He will work and exchange information with other relevant technical officers and the Risk Communication teams in the respective Regional Office (RO) and WHO/HQ. S/he will support the promotion and implementation of effective risk communication activities. S/he will exchange information with partner organizations and institutions, target audiences, health cluster partners to obtain information and, as necessary.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Assist in the implementation of risk communication activities as part of the health response operations.
Identify risks that may cause potential concern for Country Officer operations and propose and formulate recommendation for response by the Team Lead, IHR Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation.
Support the review of technical materials produced by the country office that require the integration of risk communication principles and practice.
Track false rumours and misinformation; and prepare responses to areas of concerns.
Support the revision risk communication materials such as public information; brochures, leaflets and posters; radio and TV scripts; guides for stakeholders for risk communication by providing input, and participate in their translation into local language and their adaptation for the local context.
Exchange information with counterparts in national authorities on conduct lessons learned to further strengthen emergency risk communication activities..
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
A first university degree in social sciences, behavioural sciences, development sciences, communications, public health, or related area from an accredited/recognized institute.
Training in public health, health education, health communication, or health promotion.
At least one year of related experience, at the national level in risk communication, health promotion, and/or emergency management.
Demonstrated experience implementing risk communications activities.
Experience working in disease outbreaks or health emergencies.
Prior working experience with WHO, the UN, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations .
Management or project management experience.
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
WHO global Competencies model at http://www.who.int/employment/WHO_competencies_EN.pdf?ua=1
Functional Knowledge and Skills
Sound skills and knowledge in the area of risk communications.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to work under pressure while producing results.
Ability to “think out of the box” and to make innovative proposals related to risk communication.
Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals in the emergency incident management context.
Use of Language Skills
Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic
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