Communications Officer

World health Organization, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th November, 2019

Job Description


The objective of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is to foster an effective global research effort on infectious diseases of poverty in which disease endemic countries play a pivotal role. The objective of the unit is to manage and coordinate external relations, governing bodies, resource mobilization and research policy matters and to oversee all global engagement activities.


  • Develop and implement a communications strategy for the Special Programme, encompassing internal and external communications, using the range of modern and traditional tools and channels.
  • In consultation with the Director's Office and TDR staff as relevant, ensure that the communications initiatives and materials will support effective communications, advocacy, fund-raising and stakeholder engagement.
  • Advocate for TDR and support TDR staff in their efforts for advocacy and fund raising in alignment with WHO communications approach.
  • Develop and implement communications initiatives for the Special Programme, working in close collaboration with TDR staff and WHO Communications Department.
  • Build networks through central communication among current partners and founders, WHO Communications Department and other groups, regional offices and TDR funded scientists.
  • Promote WHO messages, communications activities and interests to senior internal and external partners.
  • Conduct departmental communications meetings to facilitate planning for upcoming communications activities and events.
  • Convene regular meetings with senior staff and team representatives to review proposals for new departmental publications.
  • Manage the day to day operation of TDR communications activity including (i) printed materials (ii) web (iii) social media (iv) electronic TDR newsletter (v) multimedia.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of TDR's communications activities in order to improve them.
  • Report on TDR communications achievements on an annual basis.(12) Perform all other related duties as assigned.



  • Essential: Advanced University Degree (Masters level or above) in communications, journalism, media, public health and/or related field.
  • Desirable: Education combination of communication,journalism, and/or media with public health or health related field.


  • Essential: At least 7 years' experience in the field of health and science communications, some of which gained at an international level. Demonstrated experience working in low and middle-income countries, as well as some experience in communications to support stakeholder's engagement and research uptake.
  • Desirable: Experience working in WHO, UN or another international organization. Experience in advocacy and resource mobilization.


Ability to write well in English and produce engaging communication and advocacy material.

  • Demonstrated ability in working with all forms of media in all situations
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure to achieve multiple deadlines.
  • Proven skills in the development and implementation of communication/media products and tactics.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.
  • Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals to extend communication reach.
  • Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals in the emergency incident management context.
  • Knowledge of public health sector and issues.

WHO Competencies


  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Driving the Organization's Position in Health Leadership
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of WHO official language.


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 72,637 (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 4625 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.


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