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The mission of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
Vacancy Notice No: WPRO/14/FT416
Title: Public Information Officer
Grade: P5
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract:  Two years
Date: 1 August 2014
Application Deadline: 29 August 2014 Vacancy Notice Cancelled
Duty Station:  Manila, Philippines
Organization unit: WPRO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WP/RGO) /
WP/RDO Office of the Regional Director (WP/RDO)
PIO_Public Information Office
The delivery of strategic, consistent, clear and evidence-based corporate and health communications to Member States and other stakeholders is an essential part of WHO's work. The post is, therefore, necessary to develop and implement advocacy strategies, deliver strategic media coverage, support fund-raising, deliver lifesaving public information, change behaviours, and make WHO's priorities clear to stakeholders.
Description of duties:

Develop, implement, update, and disseminate a region-specific communications policy, consistent with Organization-wide policy. Provide advice to executive management and all other staff on communications components and materials required for regional advocacy strategies, including target audiences, messaging and media strategies. Ensure WPRO visibility and credibility as appropriately linked to resource mobilization goals, consistent and accurate messages, facts and figures in all resource mobilization-related materials, and public regional recognition of donor work. Coordinate with HQ and countries to ensure complementary strategies and consistent messaging.


Responsible for the development, enhancement and maintenance of the WPRO internal site, in close coordination with the health information, information technology units and technical units, and a photographic/audiovisual library. Develop information materials for internal/external presentations and exhibitions, and provide design support for the advocacy materials of technical units. Contribute to and advise on the preparation and delivery of the Regional Director's speeches and presentations.


(A) General: As Spokesperson for WHO/WPRO, take the lead role in effective communication, seeking innovative and cost-effective means to obtain results. Produce and disseminate regional media materials. Organize, coordinate and conduct interviews and press conferences as needed and compile daily contact lists.

(B) Outbreak and emergency response: Coordinate with HQ on developing, fine-tuning, and disseminating key messages and talking points during outbreaks or as emergencies unfold, ensuring regional and locally adapted messages, and that guidelines and SOPs prepared with HQ are distributed/understood by relevant regional and country staff. Work with WHO country offices, Ministries of Health, and other agencies to provide needed assistance on advocacy of the timely dissemination of information and to ensure that social mobilization response meets local needs. Collect and feed public reaction and rumours to communication surveillance network and propose solutions to address rumours and concerns


Develop and implement communication capacity-building plan within programme areas and countries as needed to ensure that executive management and appropriate staff receive communication training, including writing, presentation, multimedia, basic design and media training. Assist with development and implementation of communication training courses.
Post-graduate degree in Communications or Journalism from a recognized university. A first university degree in related fields, in combination with qualifying experience, may be acceptable in lieu of a post-graduate degree. Education/training in public health or behavioural sciences or information technologies an advantage.
Demonstrated expertise in communications planning, design and delivery using various media, public relations, journalistic writing, international relations, and effective internal/external networking. Expertise in overall management, planning/evaluating/budgeting/staff management. Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct. Knowledge of application of information technology desirable.
Minimum of 10 years' relevant experience in public information and mass media, preferably including experience in the health sector at national and international levels. Experience in management and supervisory techniques. Experience in use of internet, work experience in developing countries preferred.
Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Working knowledge of French 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 80 887 at single rate
USD 87 069 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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