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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/DGD/FT221
Title: Senior Strategic Adviser
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Date: 30 May 2013
Application Deadline: 25 June 2013 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/DGD Offices under the Director-General (HQ/DGD) /
HQ/DCO Department of Communications (HQ/DCO)
The Department of Communications (DCO) objectives are to:
Ensure timely production and dissemination of high quality public information on longstanding and emerging public health issues through various platforms (print, web, broadcast, social media etc) and in multiple languages; Define and promote a consistent corporate identity for WHO internally and externally; Create a 21st century "culture of communications" at WHO by strengthening capacity at every level; Contribute to managing WHO's reputation by monitoring public opinion and concerns, and responding to them strategically; and lead the strategic communications response to epidemics and pandemics, public health emergencies and for the health aspects of humanitarian crises.
Description of duties:
1) Strategic positioning:
- Constant scanning and analysis of the political environment in global public health and international development to determine where WHO should be positioned and why.
- Make recommendations to the director and senior communications leadership team based on this
- Keep the director and senior communications leadership briefed on the political analysis as it affects WHO.
- Determine what actions need to be taken in the planning of future events and products to create a synergistic effect across the multiple levels of WHO.
2) Monitoring and evaluation:
- Monitor external public health events and how they intertwine and affect with WHO events.
- Work closely with the feedback loops in the media monitoring team to determine how WHO events and issues resonated and whether any future actions need to be undertaken in that area.
- Determine what areas of our work need more attention externally.
3) Coordination of future events and issues:
- Works closely with the communications director, ADGs, technical directors and coordinators to keep abreast of future events for the Organization. This involves tracking the events and understanding them editorially.
- Select events and projects for corporate focus and determine the level of engagement needed for the Communications department to support.
- Keep the department's project manager current on the latest updates of futures events and information so it can be incorporated into the overall planning database for the department.
- Other duties as required.
Advanced level University degree in political, social or health sciences, law,communications,
journalism, or international relations.
Training in public health.
Thorough knowledge of global public health and international development issues as well as the
players and trends in the field. Thorough understanding of public health topics and priorities for WHO. Demonstrated networking skills, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, ability to
triage competing priorities; Excellent organization skills to understand how to track multiple inputs
and develop a synergy between them; Excellent writing skills in English in a variety of styles and
under tight deadline pressure; Ability to develop messaging and positioning for an international
1. Promoting WHO's position in health leadership
*2. Driving WHO to a successful future
*3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
5. Moving forward in a changing environment
At least 10 years' experience in strategic communications working in large complex private and/or public sector organization ideally in the fields of global public health or international development and using political analytical skills to advise on positioning of an international organization, as well as experience developing communications messaging and strategy for an international organization. Proven experience of working well in a high-pressure and politically sensitive environment with frequently competing priorities.
Experience in WHO, another UN agency or Brettons Woods Institution; experience working on
global public health issues and/or working in a developing or emerging economy an added benefit.
Excellent knowledge of English. Excellent knowledge of French, desirable.
Additional Information:
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)
US$ 80,734 at single rate
US$86,904 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % 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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Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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