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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/DCO/FT528
Title: Writer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 2 December 2013
Application Deadline: 23 December 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/DCO Department of Communications (HQ/DCO) /
HQ/WRT Writing (HQ/WRT)
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.

As a key member of the Department of Communications (DCO), the incumbent writes and produces information materials in close collaboration with departmental staff and other WHO programmes to provide key stakeholders with accurate up-to-date information on public health issues of interest to the public at large, improving the quantity, quality and consistency of WHO's written communications and advocacy material and highlighting and improving understanding of the Organization's comparative advantages. In so doing, the position provides technical units with strategic direction and advice on messaging and positioning as well as managing a number of specific communications projects which may include publications and video.
Description of duties:
Writing :
- Write and edit scripts for videos and podcast.
- Write speeches, presentations, talking points and other written communications products.
- Write articles, op-eds, feature stories, brochures and other written communications products as needed to support the work of the departments, clusters and the entire Organization.
- Contribute to discussions and decisions on the messaging and positioning of the Organization in written products.
- Assist with writing communications products for the media team as needed.

Edit products written by other team members and provide constructive feedback to improve the accuracy and quality of the products.

Surge capacity:
Provide communications surge capacity as needed in the case of public health or humanitarian emergencies or in other situations, and conduct communications training as required and as other tasks permit.

Project management:
Oversee specific projects as required by Director DCO and Coordinator Writing Team, such as videos, brochures and other publications.

Focal point for cluster/department:
- Act as the liaison between technical departments (as assigned), and the Department, regularly attending departmental meetings;
- Proactively keep abreast of success stories, upcoming events and other potentially significant developments in the departments covered so that content that could be developed for both off- and online dissemination;
- Keep up to date on latest public health developments in the area of work assigned to as focal point.
- Ensure communications plans and strategies are developed for events as needed.
- Ensure the timely production of `talking points` and other written products and oversee required clearance processes;
- Contribute to the writing of media products for the cluster and/or department as needed.

Other duties as required.

University degree in communications, journalism, public health or political or international relations.
- Solid writing skills in a variety of styles and under deadline pressure in English, including audio and audiovisual scripts;
- Ability to develop messaging and positioning for an international organization;
- Demonstrated networking skills, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, ability to prioritize competing priorities;
- Thorough understanding of public health and international development issues.
- Ability to elicit and communicate success stories.
- Ability to transform technical information for different target audiences.
- Ability to manage complex projects and deliver quality material on time.

Other skills:
Proficient computer skills including Word, Powerpoint, Excel.

WHO competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Moving forward in a changing environment
- At least 7 years experience working in communications or a communications-related field with a focus on researching, writing and editing text for speeches, articles, feature stories, video or radio scripts talking points and media products.
- Proven experience writing text under deadline pressure;
- Experience working with a public relations company, the media or with communications for an international organization preferred.

Experience working in the field in emergencies.
Expert knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French required.
Additional Information:
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.
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 67483 at single rate
USD 72467 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.

Online applications are strongly encouraged to enable WHO to store your profile in a permanent database. Please visit WHO's e-Recruitment website at: www.who.int/employment. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
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.

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

Vacancy Filled

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