Communication Assistant Jobs
BackgroundWHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering during times of crisis – whether caused by conflict, disease outbreak or a disaster. The new WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) addresses the full risk management cycle, meaning it works with countries to address emergencies before they happen by working on prevention and preparedness, helps in the response to the emergency and also, once the initial event has passed, on recovery. The new Programme builds on WHO’s years of experience working with countries in emergencies.
ResponsibilitiesUnder the supervision of the WHO Representative, the officer will work in close collaboration with the Risk Communication Focal Point and the WHE Team Lead, to assist and supplement the work of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme in the following tasks:
- Editorial support: Draft reports, proofread and translate WHO communications products, such as articles, newsletters, press releases, brochures, media posts, etc.
- Documentation: Provide information for news stories, analyze data and research studies to produce programme factsheets, document meetings, events, and workshops
- Media Outreach: Prepare press kits, track media stories, draft press releases, create and update media lists and outreach.
- Design and archiving: Produce and design visuals for communications products, archive and caption photos for sharing; assist in the knowledge management of WHO products and publications.
- Web design: Support the creation and publishing of online content relevant to WHO Health Emergencies Programme
- Any other duties assigned by the WHO Representative
- Degree in medicine, sociology, health promotion, public health, journalism or communications
- Minimum of 2 years’ demonstrated working experience in the field of health promotion, public health, health journalism or communications
- Previous experience working in a multi-cultural team during a disaster, communicable disease outbreak, or other emergency contexts;
- Working experience with multiple partners including Ministry of Health, UN or a reputable international NGO will be an added advantage
- Previous internship or work experience in either journalism or institutional communications; experience with media outreach, advocacy or public relations.
Skills and competencies:
- Good understanding of health delivery, health systems and emergency context, policies, planning, and management issues
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to function effectively in complex and rapidly changing environments
- Ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to present factual information
- Energetic and able to work and live in basic conditions on the field
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili is mandatory