Job Title: Communication Officer (Fresher UN Jobs)
Organization: United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary: USD $ 50,377
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standa
Job Summary: The incumbent, being the communication and advocacy focal point, will report to the External Relations Officer in the Country office and under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative in the Country office. She/he will collaborate with the Regional Communications Team. The officer will collaborate with relevant technical officers in the Country to agree on best tactics to advocate WHO’s work, goals and achievements. The incumbent will also liaise with a broad range of officials from the press and media, partner organizations and institutions, target audiences, and official representatives from the national authorities to obtain information and, as necessary, provide advice on communication opportunities. The first line responsibility involves promoting effective communication strategies, developing communications products and establishing press/media networks.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and implement communications strategies and plans which include a timeline of key communications products.
- Identify subjects/stories of interest pertaining to WHO efforts at the country or regional level to develop communications products such as feature stories, press releases and social media posts.
- Work together with WHO Country Office and the Regional Communications Team to conceptualize a set of new advocacy documents to inform stakeholders and the public about WHO’s work; co-develop, as relevant, high quality media tools, including audio-visual, photographic and printed materials, television and radio programmes, multimedia presentations, social media, videos and press releases, bulletins etc., to promote WHO’s and Donor’s visibility, achievements and success stories.
- Liaise with the press/media to advocate and disseminate information on WHO work as well as relevant events such as WHO campaigns, meetings, and other events. Organize interviews and filming and video documentation opportunities to support high visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers, etc.
- Manage the development and maintenance of content for the country website and social media platforms, in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach. Critically review and improve contents.
- Prepare communication and advocacy products and statements to be used by the External Relations and Management team in convincing and encouraging donors to rapidly fund the overall health sector response to affected populations.
- Collaborate with all relevant actors, including 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.
- Represent the WHO Country Office (WCO) in the UN Communication Group and provide appropriate technical support as required.
- Organize advocacy events, press interactions and meetings to increase the visibility of WHO and knowledge about the work of the WCO;
- Support Ministry of Health (MoH) public communications during key health events including health emergencies, through the development of talking points, speeches, press releases, press statements and other media products.
- Supervise the Communications Team.
- Perform any other communication specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Key Results/Expected Outputs
- Communication plans developed.
- New advocacy documents to inform stakeholders and the public about WHO’s work conceptualized.
- Website and social media managed and updated.
- Capacity of the WCO team, governmental counterparts, Implementing Partners (IPs) is developed through coaching, mentoring and on-the-job training.
- Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Communication Officer job should hold a first university degree in communication, journalism, political science or international relations or related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
- Formal qualification in public health;
- Courses in communication techniques such as graphic design, visual language and in the use of social media.
- Training in risk communication is an asset.
- A minimum of two years of professional work experience at the national and international level, in external communications.
- Proven experience in writing engaging communications materials.
- Experience in using graphic design and video editing tools as well as global email drafting tools (Adobe Premiere Pro, CANVAPro, Populo, mailchim).
- Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization; experience in organizing advocacy campaigns and experience in managing publishing processes.
- Proven experience in writing advocacy documents.
- Proven experience in taking photographs or filming video which are of professional quality.
- Public information and reporting Mandatory
- Other communications related experience Optional
- Proven skills in the development and implementation of communications plans.
- Proven skills in writing feature stories and other key communications products.
- Proven skills in engaging with national, regional and international media and securing media coverage.
- Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Commitment to continuous learning
- Planning and organizing
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
- Moving forward in a changing environment
- Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
- Language Skills: Expert knowledge of English.
Remuneration: 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 50,377 (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 1461 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.
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged to apply online through the World Health Organization career portal at the link below.
Deadline: 6th June 2023