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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/14/HQ/FT376
Title: Information Officer
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post
Date: 25 July 2014
Application Deadline: 8 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ Headquarters (HQ) /
HQ/HTM HIV/AIDS, TB and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HQ/HTM)
HQ/NTD Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
The Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases is guided by the need to sustainably control, prevent and eliminate at country and regional levels neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affecting more than 1 billion people worldwide. It is the only WHO Department currently leading two global eradication programmes: the first for guinea-worm disease with a target to interrupt transmission by 2015, and the second for yaws with an eradication target set for 2020. The goals of the Department as developed in the WHO NTD Roadmap 2012-2020 and consistent with WHA 66.12, previous NTD resolutions and international commitments, are to accelerate prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care interventions and to contribute to WHO's goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage.To attain this, the Department prioritizes five public health strategies, namely:
(i) preventive chemotherapy
(ii) innovative and intensified disease-management
(iii) vector control
(iv) safe water, sanitation and hygiene and
(v) veterinary public-health services to control neglected zoonotic diseases.
The objective of the Department is to lead an efficacious and expanded effort to support Member States in the implementation of these strategies. The Department provides technical and strategic leadership, coordinates the distribution of donated medicines, promotes WHO's role in involvement of partners, strengthens capacity in countries endemic for NTDs, advocates for neglected tropical diseases to be prioritized in national health systems and leverages contribution of stakeholders to achieve the elimination and eradication of NTDs. The Department works closely with Regional Offices to maximize WHO's impact in middle and low income countries endemic for NTDs. These require a robust communications and information-sharing strategy with Member States, key target audiences, external formal and non-formal partners, academicians, donors and stakeholders as well as with WHO's Department of Communications (DCO).
Description of duties:
The specific duties of the position include:
- To develop information projects to support the Department's overall visibility through the design, management and content creation of all 17 NTD websites;
- To create briefing and background materials to support advocacy and exchange of information updates and development of communications tools;
- To conceptualize, write scripts, voice-over and provide oversight and guidance for the video editing of documentaries and creation of podcasts;
- To support and coordinate preparations for the production of biennial Departmental reports, capacity strengthening activities, events and training workshops;
- To streamline production processes for reports, publications and scientific articles;
- To exchange information with counterparts in the Ministry of Health of Member States, stakeholders, including partners, donors, civil society and national policy level-makers;
- To prepare draft speeches, produce briefing notes, presentations and background materials that support advocacy and information exchange during public events, speaking engagements and meetings and ensure their targeted disseminations;
- To create content and optimally utilize knowledge management platforms, social media, press releases, conferences and in-person forums to ensure that Member States, stakeholders and audiences have timely and relevant information about the progress and direction of the Department;
- To devise and implement sharing of information and learning among NTD staff at headquarters, regions and countries;
- To participate in information working groups and meetings at HQ and regional offices;
- To Perform all other related duties as assigned.
A first university degree in political science, journalism, communication or related fields. *For WHO staff please see e-manual III.4.1, para 220.

Senior level information and broadcast management background.
- Clear and concise writing and communications skills, excellent broadcasting voice, with very good knowledge of digital video and audio editing techniques;
- Demonstrated experience in writing for broadcast media, including scripts for documentaries;
- Proven ability to design, implement and evaluate effective information projects;
- Ability to multi-task and handle complex enquiries and work under pressure in an independent manner, with proven acuity for tact, discretion and diplomacy;
- Proficiency in articulating and communicating as spokesperson in both English and French, with impeccable interpersonal and negotiating skills;
- Familiarity with stakeholders and partners engaged in disease prevention, control and elimination;
- Ability to juggle competing priorities, under pressure;
- Ability to develop, write, edit and communicate materials for the web;
- Thorough understanding of low and middle income countries where neglected tropical diseases are endemic and the ability to quickly understand, process and communicate public health messages;
- Attention to details;
- Ability to use online tools for media monitoring and evaluation;
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Proficient computer skills including Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop etc.
- Strong broadcasting, writing and video editing skills;
- Must be ideally organized, with demonstrated ability to multi-task and work under very tight deadlines.

WHO Competencies
1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in communications, broadcasting and public information, including experience in an international environment. Experience working in developing and/or developed countries.

Proven track record coordinating preparations for conferences, workshops and website production. Relevant experience working with a UN organization.
Expert knowledge of English and French is required. Intermediate knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 56'198 at single rate
USD 60'205 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 105.5 % 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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