Deadline: 29 April 2021
World Health Organisations (WHO) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Technical Officer, Risk Communication in Manila, Philippines. The duration of this post is 2 years.
The primary role of WHO is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
Key Job Responsibilities
The Technical Officer, Risk Communication will perform the following functions:
- Provide support for national capacity development in risk communication in line with the requirements of APSED III and IHR (2005), overseeing the delivery of capacity-building initiatives.
- Act as risk communication focal point in the WHE Incident Management System during outbreaks and public health emergencies, leading the communication pillar of the Incident Management Support Team, overseeing the development and implementation of risk communication plans as part of response operations, and liaising with the Incident Manager to ensure appropriate risk communication expertise is deployed to the field in a timely manner.
- Ensure relevant technical guidance documents on risk communications are developed and disseminated to countries.
- Systematically document, analyse, evaluate and report on progress in risk communication capacity-building, and proactively address gaps and undertake appropriate follow-up actions, such as the development and delivery of relevant training.
- Using the C4H approach, proactively identify and contribute to the development of communication activities and products in relation to WHO’s work with countries on emergency preparedness and response that are accessible, understandable, relevant, credible, timely and actionable for dissemination on the regional website and social media accounts, as well as other relevant platforms.
- Work with communication counterparts and others as relevant in units of the Regional Office, country offices in the Western Pacific and WHO headquarters to ensure alignment and appropriateness of risk communication strategies.
Applicant must have
- University Degree in communication, public relations, media studies, journalism, international relations, social sciences or related field from a recognized university.
- Advanced Degree in public health, international relations, management or other related area, training in public health, risk communication, health education, health communication or health promotion.
- Minimum7 year’s experience in strategic communication including experience in capacity-building and a history of working at the national and international level, including working on disease outbreaks or emergencies and proven experience in writing and producing communication material.
- Health sector experience at country and international levels. Relevant work experience in WHO or other UN agencies.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and effective negotiation, facilitation and consensus-building skills.
- Excellent organization skills, with the ability to multitask and produce high-quality results under pressure.
- Excellent presentation skills and familiarity with digital communications media (social, web, etc).
- Ability to “think outside the box” and make innovative proposals related to risk communication.
- Knowledge or understanding of WHO’s mandate and goals in the emergency incident management context.
- Ability to act with tact discretion and diplomacy.
- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.
- Demonstrate effectiveness in building sustained partnerships and working with others in international settings.
- Ability to produce high-quality written and visual communication materials in English.
- Expert knowledge of written and spoken English.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit applications through online process.
For more information, visit WHO.