Communications Officer

World Health Organization

Sana'a, Yemen

Experience: Atleast 7 years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

To ensure that effective WHO Country presence is established to formulate, evaluate, and implement WHO country cooperation strategies that are aligned with Member State's health development agendas that aims to increase access to and effectiveness of high-quality health care, sound Health Financing and Human Resources strategies and better Health Governance.


  • Responsible for the technical efficiency and effectiveness of communications and advocacy priorities, strategies, and products pertaining to communications and external relations activities at the country level.
  • Advise the WHO Representative and WHO Yemen team on media outreach priorities and strategies. 
  • Oversee and mentor the WHO Yemen communications team and lead capacity-building of technical staff to ensure collaborative, cross-cutting communications.
  • Design high-quality innovative media tools, including audio-visual, photographic, and printed materials, television and radio programmes, multimedia presentations, social media, videos and press releases, etc., to advocate for and promote WHO's visibility, achievements, and success stories.
  • Provide editorial guidance (i.e. copy editing and proofreading) to the technical team.
  • Represent the emergency team in press conferences, media forums, journalist briefings, etc. Provide early warning to the senior leadership on issues of concern from the media, flag issues requiring communications preparation and response, as well as respond to media queries.
  • Work closely with Communication teams at the three levels of the Organization, on proactive outreach, including media relations, advocacy, and proactive placement of articles and opinion-editorial pieces in the external media. 
  • Coordinate and manage media visits to the field emergency operations. Coordinate interviews and filming opportunities to support high visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers, etc.
  • Oversee the development, harmonization, and establishment of content for the WHO Yemen channels and platforms, in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization. Critically review and improve content and liaise with the web team at all levels on the appropriate channels for and presentation of messages and materials.
  • Work closely with the Resource Mobilization team to ensure the provision of targeted communications and media strategies and products required to convince and encourage donors to rapidly fund the WHO's response to affected populations.
  • Build partnerships with all relevant actors, including the health cluster, regional and field offices, other WHO departments, UN agencies, and other partners to identify and create communication opportunities and design communication and advocacy campaigns on specific topics.
  • Establish a mechanism to monitor and evaluate the impact of WHO communications and revise strategies and approached as needed.



  • Essential: Master's degree in communication or journalism or political science or social sciences or international relations.
  • Desirable: Courses in communication techniques such as graphic design, visual language, and the use of social media.


  • Essential: At least seven years' relevant experience, with proven international exposure, in communication and/or advocacy, part of which should include writing advocacy documents and production of communication materials and products in addition to supporting humanitarian emergency or health outbreak response and recovery activities.
  • Desirable: Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international non-governmental organization.
  • Experience in organizing advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience in managing publishing and clearance processes.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.