Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- 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.In 2020, WHO AFRO created the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance (AIRA), a WHO hosted Network that includes governmental and intergovernmental operational agencies as well as non-State actors/entities mobilised to respond to the COVID-19 Infodemic, to share safe, proven facts on health and to counter dangerous health misinformation. The AIRA Secretariat is housed at WHO under the Communications Unit.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:
Essential: Post graduate degree in communications, humanities, or another relevant field.
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.