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Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/FT403
Title: Technical Officer (Risk Communication)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Initially one year
Date: 30 July 2014
Application Deadline: 19 August 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit: WP/DSE Health Security and Emergencies (WP/DSE) /
WP/ESR Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response (WP/ESR)
To strengthen countries' capacities as well as a regional alert and response system to ensure public health security through prevention, preparedness planning, early detection, timely risk assessment and rapid response to emerging diseases, public health events and emergencies.
Description of duties:
1. To provide team support for national capacity development Risk Communication in line with APSED and IHR requirements;

2. To support risk communication aspect of outbreak and emergency response;

3. In coordination with the Public Information Officer, to act as the ESR media liaison officer and respond to media and public inquiries on emerging diseases and health emergencies;

4. To prepare and disseminate media releases, talking points and other documentation to support internal and external dissemination of information;

5. To maintain regular communication and information sharing and to oversee media updates for internal and external dissemination;

6. To provide material for, and to oversee and monitor the DSE Division website content and development in conjunction with DSE Division colleagues, particularly, its technical units;

7. To develop and implement an internal communications strategy and to provide communications support to the technical teams in the Division; and

8. To perform other related duties as may be required.
Postgraduate degree in media studies, communication, public relations or journalism or relevant social sciences from a recognized university is essential. Advanced studies in management, public health development, international relations or other related behavioural sciences an advantage.
- Proficiency in standard MS Officer software applications and related website design and maintenance;
- Knowledge of the specific or technical area of public health;
- Ability to contribute to the development of norms and standards, as well as training materials;
- Capacity to plan and conduct operational activities with political and technical elements;
- Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
- Ability to demonstrate gender equity and cultural appropriateness in the delivery of services to member States.

1. Communicating in a credible and effective way
2. Producing results
3. Moving forward in a changing environment
4. Fostering integration and teamwork
5. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least seven years' experience in public information and mass media including experience in the health sector, with experience at international level. Health sector experience at country and international level is preferred.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 67 611 at single rate
USD 72 605 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 51.6 % 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.

Vacancy Notice Cancelled

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