Communications Officer

World Health Organization(WHO), Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st July, 2016

Job Description

Purpose of the Position:
- The purpose of this post is to contribute to improved visibility of the WHO in the country, to promote WHO achievements, and to ensure increased capacity of CO staff to work effectively with media.
Summary of Assigned Duties: 
- Monitor and analyze the news, coverage and updates of the country's mainstream media in the fields related to the health and WHO work, and prepare periodical analytical clipping reports for the management; solicit respective information from Sub-Offices and monitor submission;
- In consultation with supervisor, identify and prioritize topics within the work of WHO that should be promoted through media communications; initiate, develop and actively contribute to production of communications materials using the most effective methods (audio-visual, photos, television, radio, multimedia presentations, videos, etc);
- Draft WHO messages, media talking points, OP-EDs and other types of media supporting documents to facilitate dissemination of WHO health messages to the public and other stake holder. Draft press releases, media backgrounders and position statements and organize all the media events such as press briefings, journalists' trips, interviews, photo exhibits, etc
- Provide technical support to the development, production and dissemination of relevant IEC materials to inform WHO staff, health partners and the general public on issues concerning WHO area of work;
- Establish and maintain a network of media contacts to disseminate relevant media products; 
- Update CO's website as a media communications tool and monitor access, ensure use of guidelines and standards of the WHO;
- In collaboration with MAC/EMRO organize and facilitate communication capacity building training programs for the field staff on how to reach out to, and work effectively with, the media to promote the WHO role in emergency situations and relevant issues;
- Collect and adapt country specific training materials and communication guidelines for WHO staff working in humanitarian health.
- WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. 
- Essential: University degree in journalism, communications, international relations or social science.
- Desirable: Master degree in any of the above areas, studies or experience-based knowledge of communications techniques and media relations.
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Proven skills in the development and implementation of communications/media products, including relations with the press and media.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work under pressure while producing results.
- Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals as related to communication.
- Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Other Skills: 
- Computer literacy.
- Excellent presentation skills, with proven ability to write in English in a clear and concise manner.
- Knowledge or skills in visual design, website development.
- Essential: At least 2 years of experience as a journalist or in a media organization (television, radio and/or print), at national or international level, or in the organization involved in information and communications projects.
- Desirable: Experience in planning and implementing media and communications projects, including the development of audio and visual materials and tools. Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals or experience in similar positions in the UN or NGOs.
- Excellent knowledge of English.
- Good knowledge of another WHO Official language a definite asset.
Additional Information:
- Only nationals of the country will be considered for this position.
- Applicants are urged to ensure that their Personal History Form is updated at the time of applying.
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
- Interviews will include competency-based questions. 
- Note: In view of the current security situation, Islamabad has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. 
- The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.
How To Apply:
- If you are Interested kindly use the following link to apply:

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