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Founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. Here’s some information about WHO:

  1. Mission: WHO’s primary mission is to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. It works towards achieving the highest possible level of health for all people, advocating for universal health coverage, preventing and controlling diseases, and addressing health emergencies.
  2. Mandate: WHO’s mandate includes providing leadership on global health matters, setting health norms and standards, shaping health policies, monitoring health trends, and providing technical support and guidance to countries. It collaborates with governments, international organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders to improve health outcomes worldwide.
  3. Membership: WHO is composed of 194 Member States, making it one of the largest membership-based international organizations. Each Member State has a representative in the World Health Assembly, the highest decision-making body of WHO.
  4. Structure: WHO has a decentralized structure with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and six regional offices located in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Western Pacific. These regional offices support countries in implementing health programs and policies tailored to their specific contexts.
  5. Focus Areas: WHO works on a wide range of health issues. Some of its key focus areas include addressing communicable diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and COVID-19), promoting maternal and child health, preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases, addressing mental health, promoting healthy lifestyles, strengthening health systems, and responding to health emergencies.
  6. Health Emergency Response: WHO plays a critical role in responding to health emergencies and coordinating international efforts to address outbreaks, pandemics, and humanitarian crises. It provides technical guidance, supports countries in preparedness and response, and mobilizes resources and expertise to control and mitigate the impact of health emergencies.
  7. Collaborations and Partnerships: WHO collaborates with various stakeholders, including governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector. These collaborations aim to leverage expertise, resources, and collective action to address complex health challenges and achieve global health goals.
  8. Research and Data: WHO conducts and supports research to generate evidence-based policies and strategies. It collects and analyzes health data from around the world, monitors health trends, and provides information and guidance based on scientific evidence to inform health-related decision-making.
  9. Norms and Standards: WHO develops and promotes international norms, standards, and guidelines on various health issues. These include guidelines for disease prevention and control, health promotion, health systems strengthening, and the regulation of medicines and health technologies.
  10. Public Health Advice and Communication: WHO communicates health information to the public, supports health education and promotion campaigns, and provides guidance to individuals, communities, and healthcare professionals on various health topics. It aims to empower people to make informed decisions and take actions to protect and improve their health.

Why work at WHO

  1. Global Impact: WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. By working at WHO, you have the opportunity to contribute to improving health outcomes and addressing critical health challenges on a global scale. The work you do can have a direct impact on the health and well-being of populations around the world.
  2. Public Health Leadership: WHO plays a central role in setting global health policies, standards, and guidelines. As an employee of WHO, you can contribute to shaping public health agendas, influencing policy decisions, and driving evidence-based strategies to address major health issues, such as infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, health emergencies, and health systems strengthening.
  3. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: WHO brings together professionals from various disciplines, including medicine, epidemiology, public health, policy, research, and more. Working in such a multidisciplinary environment allows you to collaborate with experts from different fields, learn from their experiences, and contribute your expertise to collective efforts aimed at improving global health.
  4. Global Reach and Field Work: WHO operates in numerous countries and regions around the world, providing opportunities for both headquarters-based and field-based positions. This allows employees to gain firsthand experience in diverse cultural and health contexts, work directly with communities, and implement health programs and interventions that address specific local needs and challenges.
  5. Technical Expertise and Learning Opportunities: WHO is known for its technical expertise, research, and knowledge-sharing initiatives. Working at WHO provides access to a wealth of resources, data, research findings, and technical guidance. It offers continuous learning opportunities, training programs, and platforms for professional development to enhance your skills and knowledge in the field of global health.
  6. Health Emergency Response: WHO plays a crucial role in responding to health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks, pandemics, and humanitarian crises. Being part of the WHO team means being involved in emergency preparedness, response coordination, and providing technical expertise and support to countries facing health emergencies. This work can be challenging but highly rewarding in terms of making a difference during critical times.
  7. Collaborative Partnerships: WHO collaborates with governments, other UN agencies, international organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector to address global health challenges. Working at WHO offers opportunities to engage in collaborative partnerships, leverage resources and expertise, and build networks with a wide range of stakeholders involved in global health.
  8. Work-Life Balance and Benefits: WHO recognizes the importance of work-life balance and provides employee benefits and policies to support well-being. These may include flexible work arrangements, comprehensive healthcare coverage, retirement plans, and support for personal and professional development.

Communication Officer – (2403881)

Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 Years
Job Posting: May 8, 2024, 12:20:48 PM
Closing Date: May 21, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Cameroon-Yaounde
Organization: AF_CMR Cameroon
Schedule: Full-time

Duties and Responsibility

  • Conduct media relations, including pitching stories, arranging interviews, and responding to media requests.
  • Monitor WHO’s exposure in traditional and social media and prepare daily media monitoring reports.
  • Maintain and update the regional media list and profiles of key reporters.
  • Assist in planning and organizing news conferences, campaigns, and advocacy events.
  • Draft, coordinate clearance, and disseminate communication and advocacy materials.
  • Support updating the WHO Cameroon website and social media accounts.
  • Coordinate internal communications, including drafting stories and maintaining the calendar for the WHO Cameroon Intranet.
  • Provide support to the Country Representative, cluster leaders, and program officers in developing information and communication products.
  • Enhance WHO visibility through strategic communications campaigns and the compilation of the annual report.
  • Assist with resource mobilization efforts by highlighting the country office’s contributions on the website and brochures.
  • Provide technical support for crisis management and capacity building in strategic communications.
  • Develop IEC materials and visibility materials such as brochures, calendars, banners, and posters.
  • Oversee the design and content of the WHO country office website, ensuring regular updates.
  • Draft press releases, speeches, and talking points for the Country Representative.
  • Identify and liaise with national and international media, organizing briefings and press conferences.
  • Monitor international and regional media and keep WHO staff informed of relevant coverage.
  • Facilitate internal communication and staff engagement.
  • Perform other activities as directed by the External Relations Officer, PMO, and WHO Country Representative.

Required Qualifications:

  • First university degree in communication, journalism, political science, international relations, or related fields.
  • Desirable: Formal qualification in public health and courses in communication techniques and social media.

Experience:

  • At least two years of related experience in communication and/or advocacy, including experience in humanitarian emergencies or health outbreak response.
  • Proven experience in writing advocacy documents and producing communication materials.
  • Desirable: Prior experience with WHO/UN or international non-governmental organizations, organizing advocacy campaigns, and managing publishing processes.

Skills:

  • Strong skills in developing and implementing communication/media products and tactics.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to advocate for consensus.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Innovative thinking and proposal-making abilities related to communication.
  • Knowledge or understanding of WHO’s mandate and goals.

WHO Competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Adapting to a changing environment
  • Producing results
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Language Skills:

  • Essential: Intermediate knowledge of English, expert knowledge of French.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of local languages.

Remuneration:

  • Annual base salary starting at XAF 25,148,000, subject to deductions for pension contributions and health insurance.
  • 30 days of annual leave.

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