Communication Officer Highlight
The Communication Officer at World Health Organisation (WHO) prepares communication materials, including reports, photographic essays and video for the media and key partners in Ghana Office
Communications has a key role in supporting WHO’s Regional and Country leadership in the effective delivery of
GPW13, particularly with respect to promoting best practices, health information dissemination, reputation management and corporate branding.
The Communication Officer is the lead for interfacing with the media and for guidance to staff throughout the country
on the rules for media engagement as well as issues of copyrights, data privacy or other aspects of AFRO communications.
Communication Officer Duties
The Communication Officer will identify subjects of interest to develop and improve media/communication activities at
the country level and develop a communications plan for the country office, which works in synergy with the
and regional communications strategies.Produce public information materials such as press releases and media
advisories on WHO events, products and issues for dissemination to the print, electronic and online media, as well as media talking points for country
spokespeople.Build relations with the national media and ensure that WHO issues, and work are regularly profiled by the national media.
Take photographs of key WHO events, activities as well as of key health programmes for use on the country and regional websites as photo stories, as well as on social media.
The Communication Officer will m onitor media coverage of WHO issues, programmes and people in the country and provide regular reports to the Regional Office.
Organize photographic shoots and interviews and filming opportunities to support high-visibility of WHO
achievements through television, radio and newspapers, etc.Manage the social media accounts of the country office in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach.
Regularly update content on these platformsManage the development and maintenance of the country website, in
compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach.
Regularly update content on the website.Research and write feature stories and messages, ideally bringing in a human element from real life experiences Work with external relations officer in the country office (if there is one) or
in the regional office to prepare communication and advocacy products and statements to be used by the Resource
Mobilization team in convincing and encouraging donors to rapidly fund the overall health sector response.
Collaborate 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 prepare communication
campaigns on specific topics. Perform any other communications- related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Requirements of the Communication Officer
Essential: A first university degree in communication, journalism, political science or international relations or related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable: Training in UN/HR systems is an advantage. Proven skills in drafting and editing required.
Formal qualification in public health. Courses in communication techniques such as graphic design, visual language
and in the use of social media. Courses in photography and videography
Experience of the Communication Officer
Essential: At least two years’ related experience, at the national and international level, in communication and/or
advocacy. –> Proven experience in writing advocacy documents and in the production of communication material
Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization.
Experience in organizing advocacy campaigns. Experience in photographyExperience in videography and editing of video footage
Proven skills in writing impactful communications products. Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus. Excellent coordination skills.
Ability to “think out of the box” and to make innovative proposals as related to communication.
Knowledge or understanding of WHO’s mandate and goals
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Driving the Organization’s Position in Health Leadership
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Local language.
Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at GHS 217,604 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
A written test may be used as a form of screening.
In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned
copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational
qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
WHO’s workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the
duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.
To apply for this job please visit careers.who.int.