National Professional Officer

World Health Organization, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th March, 2019

Job Description


The goal of WHO's presence in countries, territories and areas is to develop a two-way collaboration between the Secretariat and countries, territories and areas, by supporting them to reach national health goals and contribute to global and regional public health action. WHO utilizes the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), a key element of the Country Focus strategy, as a strategic management tool to create synergy and alignment between WHO leadership priorities and national health policies, strategies and plans as well as United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). Creating this synergy and alignment will be essential to advance WHO's organizational effectiveness and ensure WHO's relevance at country level.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • Essential: At least 3 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.


  • 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,

WHO Competencies

  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Teamwork

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of Local Language.


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