Communications Officer

  • Added Date: Monday, 19 December 2022
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 09 January 2023
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The Department of Communications (DCO) objectives are to lead the development of the corporate communications plan, drive prioritization and โ€˜right size' effort with expected impact for WHO; position WHO as the authoritative and trusted voice on health at the global level through working with technical divisions and departments to develop strategies to amplify WHO's normative work; lead WHO media outreach, incl. crisis/ emergency communication with input from technical departments as well as across all 3 levels; drive all communication to the general public as well as responding to media enquiries; lead on global advocacy (e.g. health campaigns, public health information, donor visibility for resource mobilization); provide digital global production capacity &expertise to support all levels of the organization.


Under the guidance of the Head of Health Information and Advocacy, and in partnership with the rest of the Department of Communications team, HQ Departments/Divisions, Regional and Country Offices and external partners, the Communications Officer:

  • Develops storylines and key messages for WHO's work for key stakeholders, including WHO Offices, Ministries of Health, health partners, donors and the general public.
  • Develops communications products (e.g. website and social media content, including press releases, feature articles, and print and audiovisual products) to promote WHO's work, convey important public health messaging, support resource mobilization efforts, as well as meet the information needs of donors and other stakeholders.
  • Drafts and edits written materials, including feature stories, news products, fact sheets and Q&As, ensuring accuracy, consistency, coherence, and adherence to WHO House Style.
  • Supports WHO country and regional offices, and relevant departments, in proactively communicating through developing strategies and content.
  • Promotes WHO's work through WHO corporate platforms, media queries/pitches, and spokesperson interviews/briefings.
  • Partners with other Units and Teams across the Department of Communications to ensure alignment, timeliness, quality and innovative approaches to communications products;
  • Participates in or organizes public events.
  • Performs all other related duties as required.



    Essential: A first-level university degree in communications, journalism, or a related field.
    Desirable: Knowledge of public health and international relations.



    Essential: Minimum 5 years experience in communications or journalism with a major international organization. Demonstrated experience in health communications; Significant experience in developing and implementing communications content and strategies.
    Desirable: Experience producing content for radio/TV broadcasting and the web, including photos, videos and social media.Experience working with WHO or other UN Agencies.




  • Sound news and features writing skills.
Proven ability to multitask, prioritize, research and write to short deadlines. Sound advocacy skills complemented by the ability to plan and evaluate situations and propose innovative communications options.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.





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 62,692 (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 4106 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.






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. For information on WHO's operations please visit: WHO is committed to workforce diversity. WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice. WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates. WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco. WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world. Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged. *For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.

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