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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/12/NMH/FT465
Title: Communications Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 6 December 2012
Application Deadline: 27 December 2012 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/NMH Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (HQ/NMH) /
HQ/VIP Injuries and Violence Prevention (HQ/VIP)
The WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP) works to prevent injuries, to mitigate their consequences, and to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities irrespective of the cause. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, killing more than 1.2 million people every year. Approximately 90% of these deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries. WHO is currently implementing a road safety project in 10 countries (RS10 Project) through a multisectoral partnership aimed at reducing the high road traffic injury fatality rates as well as by improving legislation, enhancing enforcement, providing equipment, producing social marketing campaigns, training journalists, and raising awareness generally. Efforts focus on good practices to reduce risks such as the non-usage of seat-belts and helmets, drinking and driving and speeding.
Description of duties:
1. Give guidance to international and national RS10 Project staff to design, implement and evaluate social marketing campaigns on those road traffic injury risks being addressed in each country (drinking and driving, speeding, and the non-use of helmets and seat-belts).
2. Based on experiences in RS10 Project countries in creating such campaigns, develop a global guidance document on how to design, implement and evaluate social marketing campaigns for road safety.
3. Contribute to finalization and on-going maintenance of online library of public service announcements on road safety.
4. Give guidance to international and national RS10 Project staff on hosting trainings for journalists, senior editors and other representatives of the media on road safety to enhance their reporting on the issue.
5. Based on experiences in RS10 Project countries in hosting such trainings, develop a global training package for journalists, senior editors and other representatives of the media on how to enhance their reporting on road safety.
6. Develop and maintain system for monitoring media on road safety at global level and at national level in RS10 Project countries.
7. In collaboration with WHO headquarter and regional office staff, support social marketing and training of journalists in other low and middle income countries, as requested.
8. Assist VIP with other communications-related activities including support to public events, launching of world reports, celebration of theme days and weeks, etc.
University degree in communications, journalism or related fields.*

* (For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220)
Excellent project management skills.
Ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide variety of people including senior government and WHO officials; journalists, senior editors and other representatives of the media; and service providers within a multicultural environment.
Excellent writing skills and ability to tailor writing to a range of audiences.
Ability to work independently and deliver high-quality work on time and within budget.
Computer proficiency in Outlook, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

WHO Competencies:
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Fostering integration and teamwork.
At least 5 years of experience in communications and/or journalism or related fields, of which two years at the international level.
Experience in all stages of developing, implementing and evaluating social marketing campaigns on health-related topics at national and international levels.
Experience in designing and conducting Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) surveys.
Experience training journalists, senior editors and other representatives of the media on health-related topics.

Knowledge and understanding of the injury prevention field, in particular road traffic injuries.
Experience working in a low-income or middle-income country.
Familiarity with the UN system.
Excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French are essential. A working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this Vacancy Notice. This vacancy is published in English only.

The following priority order will be observed in the screening of candidates: 1. WHO staff members (Continuing, Fixed-term and Temporary appointments), 2. External candidates.
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.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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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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