Communications Consultant, WHO European Healthy Cities

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Communications Consultant to support the 2022 Annual Healthy Cities Business Meeting and Technical Conference.


WHO Healthy Cities is a global movement working to put health high on the social, economic and political agenda of city governments. For almost 35 years the WHO European Healthy Cities Network has brought together some 100 flagship cities and approximately 25 national networks.

The flagship cities interact directly with WHO/Europe, while the national networks bring together cities in a given Member State. In both cases WHO provides political, strategic and technical support as well as capacity-building.

Together the flagship cities and national networks cover some 1300 municipalities. Their shared goal is to engage local governments in political commitment, institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovation.

The 2022 Annual Healthy Cities Business Meeting and Technical Conference, to be held in November 2022, aims to present the opportunity to learn from the work of healthy cities across the WHO European Region and beyond. It attracts politicians and key decision-makers from within cities as well as technical experts.

The 2022 Conference will be an opportunity for WHO European Network members to demonstrate how they are leading by example, both regionally and globally. The 2022 Conference will take forward the recommendation to operationalize the One Health agenda at the local level and to intensify the conversation about the interaction between human, animal and environmental health in the context of Phase VII of the WHO European Network and the six P’s: People, Place, Participation, Peace, Prosperity and Planet.

The consultant will support communications in the lead up to the Annual Business meeting, as well as during the event and with immediate follow up.


Planning, promotion, implementation and reporting on communications for the 2022 WHO Healthy Cities Business Meeting.

The communications plan and products will be developed and launched in close consultation with the WHO/Europe Healthy Cities team and the responsible communications officer at the Division of Country Health Programmes.

The consultant will develop a strategy and detailed plan and implement the plan at Regional level.

Specific deliverables:

  • Develop communications concept and overall plan for the 2022 WHO Healthy Cities Business Meeting; share internally for clearance.
  • Communicate regularly with members of the Healthy Cities network, identify angles and stories for publishing on the EURO website and for social media content in the lead up to the event, during and immediately after the event.
  • Map external channels through which to communicate about the Healthy Cities network, and to showcase the work of network members, including social media channels of partners, network members and CSOs. Identify appropriate tags for these social media posts.
  • Map communications opportunities and events in the lead up to the meeting to promote the activities of the WHO Healthy Cities network members.
  • Manage Healthy Cities twitter account. Develop social media content and post regularly - at least twice a week - on the account.
  • Together with the WHO/Europe social media officer plan Healthy Cities Business meeting visibility on EURO channels (incl. possible podcasts and short films). Prepare and submit as agreed.
  • Plan, compile and write (in collaboration with other programmes) 3-5 feature stories to post on website in the lead up to the Annual Business meeting and immediately after. Ensure clearance at least one week before posting date.
  • Prepare an internal communications report for the Healthy Cities business meeting.



Essential: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, social science or humanities Desirable: Master’s degree in similar field


Essential: At least 2 years of experience, specifically in:

  • Social media content creation
  • Management of social media accounts
  • Social media analytics and reporting

Desirable: Work experience in WHO or another international public health organization.


  • Thorough understanding of social media channels and tactics
  • Basic design skills, with knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Creative thinking and ideation abilities
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with team members and external partners
  • Experience in communication planning


Essential: Fluency in English Desirable: Fluency in French, German or Russian


A combination of work on premises at UN City, Copenhagen, as needed, and off premises.


Limited travels are planned during this contract


Band A (USD 198 - USD 349) - The daily rate does not include travel expenses


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