Unit Head, Health Information and Advocacy

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This is a P-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 194,242 USD and 243,430 USD.

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The Department of Communications (DCO) objectives are to:

- lead the development of the WHO corporate communications plan, drive prioritization and ‘right size' effort with expected impact for WHO;

- position WHO as the authoritative and trusted voice on health at the global level through working with technical departments to develop strategies to amplify WHO's normative work;

- lead WHO media outreach, including crisis/ emergency communication with input from technical departments as well as across all three levels;

- drive all communication to the general public as well as responding to media enquiries;

- lead on global advocacy (e.g. health campaigns, public health information, donor visibility for resource mobilization);

- provide digital global production capacity & expertise to support all levels of the Organization.


The Unit Head, Health Information & Advocacy works with the Director, and other Heads of Units as part of the DCO management team.

- Manages and empowers a team of communications professionals focusing on Health Information & Advocacy and working seamlessly across the Department of Communications, theDirector-General's Office, technical Divisions and WHO Offices;

- Develops and drives strategic communications around WHO's corporate priorities for the Universal Health Coverage and Healthier Populations pillars, as well as the cross-cutting Science Division and Data, Delivery and Impact divisions, in support of WHO's Global Programme of Work;

- Collaborates with Divisions, bringing together teams to devise and implement multilingual campaigns, produce information and advocacy materials to support key global goods, and support resource mobilization and other external relations functions as well as multilateral engagement;

- Provides technical leadership, coordination and managerial support within the Department of Communications, in the Unit of Health Information & Advocacy ensuring that activities in this area are carried out efficiently and effectively;

- Collaborates with Regional and Country Offices and provides advice in strengthening health information & advocacy;

- Oversees a unit with three specialized teams working on Health Information & Advocacy, support to external relations, and multilingual communications, and facilitates the efficient flow of synergies within and between teams;

- Manages the programme area in delivering its objectives through efficiently managing a team of technical staff, financial resources and effective work planning to optimize the Programme's deliverables in line with the mandate of the Organization;

- Leads and conducts research on best practices in implementing programmes and activities and dissemination of information for capacity-building for health information & advocacy;

- Manages the monitoring and evaluation and reporting for health information and advocacy of key performance indicators and reporting requirements and mechanisms to optimize performance of Programme deliverables;

- Serves as the technical reference among the peer community, UN Agencies and other stakeholders for health information and advocacy;

- Represents the Department at various meetings to ensure impactful Health Information &Advocacy;

- Develops & drives advocacy and communications around two of the threetriple billion targets (Universal Health Coverage & Healthier Populations), flagship reports, new WHO guidance, campaigns, and other strategic priorities;

- Devises, organizes and implements high-impact evidence-based multilingual global campaigns and events for world health days, flagship publications, and other priority areas;

- Supervises dedicated focal points supporting communications for HQ departments — producing compelling multimedia multilingual content and generating coverage through multimedia campaigns, news releases, feature stories, op-eds, talking points, video scripts, social media content and proactive media pitching;

- Oversees team providing communications support specifically around resource mobilization, governing bodies meetings, and other EXR functions.



Essential: An advanced level university degree in humanities or sciences, or related subjects. Desirable:


Essential: At least 10 years of experience in communications in an international organization. Demonstrated experience in developing workplans, managing complex projects as well as managing and motivating teams. Demonstrated experience at the international level. Desirable: Experience in WHO or other UN agencies including at country and regional levels. Experience in the field of information in the health context or experience in WHO with a sound understanding of its mandate and goals.


- Excellent knowledge of WHO priorities for health information and advocacy;

- Extensive advocacy, campaign management and content production experience;

- Advanced writing skills and extensive experience in media relations;

- Experience in managing of a team of communications professionals;

- Knowledge of modern international relations and the role of WHO and of UN system.

- Strong presentation skills.

- Good skills in office packages, project management software and ERP based systems.

- Proficiency in using web content management systems and digital assets management platforms.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Producing results Ensuring the effective use of resources Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. The above language requirements are interchangeable.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 90,664 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 6188 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.

  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.

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  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.

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  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.

Added 8 months ago - Updated 7 months ago - Source: who.int