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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/HTM/TA122
Title: Information Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  12 months
Date: 29 November 2012
Application Deadline: 13 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM) /
HQ/NTD Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/NTD)
HQ/CCB Communication and Capacity Building
The Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases is guided by the need to prevent, control, eliminate and eradicate some of the 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affecting more than 1 billion people worldwide through preventive large-scale treatment, intensified disease management, vector control and control of zoonoses.
Its goals and targets, as developed in the WHO NTD Roadmap 2012-2020 and consistent with WHA resolutions and international commitments, are to accelerate global access to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions for all in need and contribute to achieving the health related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their associated targets by 2020.
The Department provides technical and strategic leadership in key areas, coordinates the distribution of donated medicines, promotes WHO's role in partnership involvement, strengthens capacity in countries endemic for NTDs and leverages contribution of stakeholders to contribute to the elimination and eradication of NTDs.
The Department works closely with Regional Offices to maximize WHO's impact in countries endemic for NTDs. This includes facilitation of communications and information-sharing with WHO central communications team, external formal and non-formal partners, donors and stakeholders, and the promotion of the Department's activities to key target audiences.
Description of duties:
Under supervision of the Team Leader Capacity Building, the incumbent is responsible for the development of the Department's multiple-disease cross-cutting activities and reports on a comprehensive approach to sharing pertinent information within the Department and with key partners.

The specific duties of the position include:
- To develop information projects to support the work of the Department through branding, production processes for publications, documentaries and dissemination of scientific articles;
- To provide support and coordinate preparations for annual reports, capacity building activities, events and conferences;
- To develop briefing and background materials that support advocacy and information exchange with stakeholders, and ensure appropriate translation and targeted dissemination;
- To develop information updates and information tools, including social media and audio casts;
- To engage with stakeholders, including partners, donors, civil society and national level policy makers;
- To manage development and use of knowledge management platforms and seminars to boost sharing and learning among NTD staff at headquarters, regions and countries;
- To manage ongoing content and design management of the 17 NTD public websites;
- To provide communications surge capacity to WHO DCO, if required, in the case of public health emergencies;
- To participate in information working groups and meetings at HQ and regional offices.
University degree, preferably in communication, journalism, political science, international relations or related fields.
For WHO staff, please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220
Must be organized, with demonstrated ability to multi-task and work under very tight deadlines.
Clear and concise writing, communication, and multi-tasking skills.
Proven ability to design, implement and evaluate effective information projects.
Demonstrated experience handling complex enquiries and interactions with multiple stakeholders.
Proven ability to work under pressure in an independent manner.
Ability to "think outside the box" and propose innovative strategies.
Show tact, discretion and diplomacy.
Possess strong team-building, interpersonal and negotiating skills.

Other skills:
Proficient computer skills including Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop.
Ability to use online tools for media monitoring and evaluation.

WHO competencies:
Producing results
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Moving forward in a changing environment
Knowing and managing yourself
At least 5 years' experience in broadcasting, communication or public information, including some years' experience in writing information products such as news releases, talking points, factsheets and FAQs.
Proven track record in coordinating preparations for conferences, workshops and website production.
Strong bilingual (English and French) writing and re-writing skills.

Experience working in developing countries.
Good broadcasting voice and experience in rewriting and proofreading.
Excellent knowledge of English and French required. Working knowledge of another UN language an asset.
Additional Information:
Priority to be given to internal candidates.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
A written test may form part of the screening process.
This Vacancy Notice is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56091 at single rate
USD 60091 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 99.4 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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