Deadline: 4 July 2016
World Health Organization (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Risk Communications Officer in Copenhagen, Denmark. The duration of this post is 6 months.
The Risk Communications Officer will be responsible for establishing and managing WHO’s operational capacity in acute and protracted emergencies, setting overall strategy and ensuring appropriate operational planning, managing field operations, developing and ensuring adherence to technical standards and ensuring risk and performance monitoring.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Risk Communications Officer will perform the following functions-
- Develop and implement the Regional Office risk communications plan within the Health Emergencies Programme, in particular helping to operationalize the International Health Regulations and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) frameworks.
- Integrate and implement risk communications into work on disease outbreaks and emergencies by ensuring that technical material produced by the Regional Office integrates risk communication principles and practice.
- Work on risk communications capacity strengthening, with focus on PIP and IHR priority countries, through developing training materials, guidance and templates.
- Deliver risk communications trainings (including media trainings), workshops, mentoring programmes addressing varied target national and international audiences: government officials from different sectors and at different levels, UN agencies and international organizations journalists, scientific institutions and WHO country staff.
- Participate in technical country missions under IHR and/or PIP to evaluate and build risk communications capacity.
- Contribute to resource mobilization and donor communications in the area of risk communications.
- Work closely with HQ risk communications counterparts to provide input on global guidance documents (including risk communications guidelines, KAP surveys, community engagement) and to maximize visibility of EURO activities in the context of global Health Security.
- Support the Regional Offices, EURO Country Offices and European Ministries of Health public communications during health crisis upon need implementing the risk communications plan as part of the health response operations and deploying to field missions on risk communications response as requested.
Applicants must have-
- University degree in social sciences, behavioral sciences, development sciences, communications from an accredited/recognized institute.
- Master’s degree in a relevant subject is desirable.
- Training in public health, health education, health communication or health promotion is desirable.
- 5 years of related experience at the national and international levels in risk communication including capacity building, part of which working in disease outbreaks or health emergencies.
- Experience with behavioral change communications, social marketing or anthropology, desirable.
- Prior working experience with UN or other international organizations, including at country level, desirable.
- Fluency in English language and working knowledge (intermediate) of another WHO official language and/or EURO official language.
- Knowledge of Russian is a strong asset.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit WHO.