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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/14/IER/TA62
Title: Communications Officer
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 3 June 2014
Application Deadline: 24 June 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Kobe, Japan
Organization unit:
The WHO Centre for Health Development (also known as the "WHO Kobe Centre - WKC") conducts research on the consequences of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. The Centre, established in 1995, supports technical cooperation, research, capacity building and the exchange of information on science and best practices with a focus on health equity as a key driver of health outcomes. Currently, there are two major foci for research at WKC:
(1) Urban health; and
(2) Innovation for ageing populations.
Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Director, WKC, and in collaboration with other WKC team members, WHO staff, and the WHO global and HQ communication network, the incumbent acts as the communications specialist and works to independently set, plan and implement an array of communication activities for the Centre, with emphasis on the local environment in Hyogo Prefecture and in Japan.

The incumbent will work with a wide range of partners including WHO staff, counterparts from national and local governments, health professionals, academic institutions, as well as other UN agencies, NGOs and representatives of the private sector to increase local and national visibility of WHO/WKC, awareness of the presence of the WHO/WKC in Hyogo and in Japan, and promote and disseminate the work of the Centre. The incumbent will be expected to communicate regularly with local and national government officials and partners, and national and local media.

Assigned duties:
1. Design and implement an annual plan of effective communication activities in support of the Centre's work and to increase awareness of WHO/WKC presence in Hyogo/Japan;
2. Liaise with WHO counterparts on the development and implementation of media and other communication strategies and activities in adherence to WHO policies and guidelines
3. Manage the Centre's web site, ensure regular update by developing and writing web features and making website uploads/revisions;
4. Work on the digital media presence and network of the Centre to promote and increase its visibility (Japan);
5. Manage the development, production and dissemination of information materials; assist technical staff in the design and publishing of technical publications;
6. Write stories for the WKC website and other communication products in Japanese.
7. Assist the office in resepct of the design, layout and printing process for documents such as Annual Report, policy briefs, etc.
8. Deliver public presentations (Japanese) on work of the Centre/WHO, including interviews.
9. Prepare and manage the distribution of a local WKC newsletter on a regular basis
10. Plan and manage the organization of public outreach events, including preparation of briefing and communication materials and media coverage; liaise and coordinate with the media as necessary;
11. Produce draft media statement and press releases for the Director as needed
12. Assist in translation of documents/stories from English into Japanese, including periodic WHO updates for public health issues
13. Oversees the drafting and quality control of Japanese translated documents
14. Assist colleagues with media training as relevant
15. Other relevant duties as necessary and appropriate.
University degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations or other related field.
Advanced degree in public health, communications, journalism, marketing, public relations or other related field.
- Knowledge of local, national and international agencies in the health sector
- Knowledge of public health issues
- Excellent communication, writing, organizational and networking skills
- Skills for and knowledge of communication strategies and methods , including using various channels and approaches
- Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines
- Ability to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural team
- Proven capacity to work in a proactive manner and deliver under pressure and to tight deadlines

Computer literacy with sound knowledge of websites/pages, social media platforms, desktop publishing and graphic design software.

WHO Competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Producing results
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
A minimum of two years' experience in public health or public information/media/communication oriented functions
Experience in organizing and executing health communications/information programmes and methods, including social media
Experience in writing about public health issues
Previous experience with WHO and familiarity with the United Nations system. Experience/training in public health or public health risk communication an advantage
Expert knowledge of English and Japanese required. Knowledge of another WHO official language is an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes.
Other similar positions at the same grade level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
This vacancy is published in English only.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
YEN 9.667000 net at single rate

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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