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- BY Nicole Pelette
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The overall objective of the Communications Unit is to lead and coordinate WHO/AFRO'S efforts to advocate for resources and actions on key health issues in the African Region and showcase the impact of its work on health outcomes, securing the organization's position as the regional health leader and facilitating its ability to shape health policies. The unit also manages the internal communications function to create an optimal work environment reinforcing the common purpose of staff members. The unit achieves this by leading advocacy campaigns on health issues and implementing a Regional Communications Strategy, which targets key stakeholders including partners and Governing Bodies, using multiple channels, and building the communications capacity of WHO Clusters, Programmes and Country Offices to produce and disseminate quality communications products. The goal is to contribute to the strengthening of the capacity of countries in the WHO African Region to ensure evidence-based policies and strategies are in place to achieve universal access to high-quality, integrated, people-centered health services, increase the coverage and quality of effective interventions, and to create mechanisms to measure the impact of those strategies and interventions.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:
Essential: University degree in communications, journalism, marketing, political or international relations, health communications or related fields
Essential: At least five (5) years' professional experience developing communications products, with a focus on writing text for speeches, advocacy publications, feature stories, video or radio scripts talking points and media products;.
Desirable: Previous experience with international organizations such as UN agencies, NGOs, Multilateral Banks, or a multinational environment. Proficient knowledge of MS Office applications such as Word and Excel, and graphic development (Word Art, In Design, Illustrator) an asset.
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.