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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/TA92
Title: NPO- Media/Communications (position no. 348215)
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  for six months
Date: 21 July 2014
Application Deadline: 11 August 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Beirut, Lebanon
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_LEB WHO Representative's Office, Lebanon (EM_LEB)
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme are to design and implement programmes that prepare the health sector to deal with emergencies and that improve health during and after crises. Within the emergency programme, the objectives of WHO's emergency response team are to support Member States by: (1) promptly assessing health needs of populations affected by crisis, identifying priority causes of ill-health and death; preparing damage estimates and emergency response and rehabilitation plans; providing prompt, credible health information and ensuring the continuity of essential health services;
(2) coordinating and monitoring emergency health relief efforts under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster, of which WHO is the lead agency; 3) ensuring that critical gaps in the health response are rapidly identified and filled; 4) revitalizing and building the capacity of national health systems to deal with preparedness, mitigation and response.

Purpose of the Post:
To identify subjects of interest to develop/improve media/communications activities, and provide support to broadcast media and journalists in promoting a better and increased understanding of Health Action in Crises in emergency situations.

Organizational Context :
Under the direct supervision of WHO Representative and the overall guidance of Emergency Health Coordinator, the incumbent is the focal point for media and communications and has first line responsibility for promoting effective /communication tactics and establishing a press/media network. This involves ongoing contacts with field staff at all levels, counterparts at Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices to agree on best tactics and opportunities to promote WHO mandate, goals and achievements with emphasis on emergency relief response. This includes extensive contact with a broad range of officials from the press and media, partner organizations and institutions, to obtain information and, as necessary, provide advice on media tools and communications opportunities
Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:

To identify subjects of interest to develop and improve media/communications activities and ensure the dissemination of information, , the elaboration of state-of-the-art materials and tools for emergency response for relief efforts at country level.

To produce and disseminate communications materials and media tools, including audio-visual, photographic and printed materials, television and radio programmes, multimedia presentations, videos and press releases, etc., to promote WHO/ visibility, achievements and success stories.

To participate in establishing and maintaining a network of contacts in the press/media world. To ensure and promote the dissemination of information on emergency response and relief efforts, organizing interviews and filming opportunities to support high-visibility of WHO humanitarian work through television, radio and newspapers exposure. Providing support to broadcast media and journalists and facilitating their access to related information, as appropriate.

To collaborate in updating WHO/ websites, monitoring and evaluating their access on the basis of guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization to ensure consistency of approach, critically reviewing and improving contents, architecture and design.

To research and write feature stories, messages in line with WHO communications strategies bringing in a human element from personal experience.
Essential: University degree in journalism, communications, international relations or social science.

Desirable: Studies or experience-based knowledge of communications techniques and media relations.
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way (core)
2) Producing results (core)
3) Moving forward in a changing environment (core)
4) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences (core)
5) Fostering integration and teamwork (core)

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
Proven skills in the development and implementation of communications/media products and tactics, including relations with the press and media. Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and promote consensus. Ability to work under pressure while producing results. Knowledge or sound understanding of the impact of emergencies and crises on social and economic development, and its burden on populations. Ability to "think out of the box" and to recommend proposals as related to communication. Tact, discretion and diplomacy. Excellent presentation skills with proven ability to write in English in a clear and concise manner.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Proficiency in MS Office as well as visual design and website development
Essential: At least two years' experience as a journalist or in a media organization (television, radio and/or print), , or in an organization involved in information and communications projects and/or tactics related to humanitarian crises and response relief interventions.
Desirable: Experience in planning and implementing media and communications projects tactics, including the development of audio and visual materials and tools. Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals in emergency response relief or experience in similar positions in the UN or NGOs.
Excellent knowledge of English or French and local language (Arabic). Good knowledge of another WHO official language is an asset.
Additional Information:
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
Candidates will be interviewed using a competency-based approach.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
LBP 80888 at single rate
Post Adjustment: 38.6% % 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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