Communications Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th July, 2021

Job Description


The World Health Organization's Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SRH) includes the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP). HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for identifying research priorities on sexual and reproductive health and rights; for promoting, conducting, evaluating and coordinating related interdisciplinary research; for collaborating with countries to build national capacity to conduct research; and for promoting the use of research results in policy making and sexual and reproductive health programmes. The Department draws on research and global expertise to set norms and standards and develop global guidelines on sexual and reproductive health and rights. More information about SRH and HRP can be found at HRP Secretariat is responsible for HRP governing and advisory bodies, strategic and operational planning,finance and administration, communications, global advocacy, fundraising,networking and partner engagement.


  • Develop, implement and continually update a communications strategy for the Special Programme, encompassing internal and external communication, using a broad range of tools and channels.
  • Develop and implement a limited number of communications initiatives for the Special Programme, including at international conferences and symposia, working in close collaboration with senior staff, the departmental Communications group, and the WHO Communications Department.
  • Promote HRP evidence, and sexual and reproductive health and rights guidance to senior internal and external partners, including with WHO country offices
  • Convene and chair communications meetings with the WHO Communications Department to plan for joint communications activities and events.
  • Manage the day-to-day operation of HRP communications team including the delivery of printed materials, web-based materials,  social media,  electronic newsletters, multimedia.
  • Develop communications and publication policies for the Department and HRP Special Programme, in consultation with staff and management, and theWHO Communications Department
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of HRP's communications activities in order to improve them. Report on communications achievements on an annual basis in line with the ToC monitoring plan.



  • Essential: Advanced University degree in communications, media,international development, languages, or another field relevant for this position
  • Desirable: A post-graduate degree in international relations or public health.


  • Essential: At least seven years of experience in communications in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, or a related public health field, including at the national and international levels. Direct experience with managing corporate communications campaigns using social media in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Desirable: Experience in a United Nations agency or Programme, or international organization.


  • Proven ability to develop and implement communications or advocacy initiatives, using appropriate tools and channels; and to achieve results in a global, multicultural, multinational and decentralized organization.
  • Ability to create and motivate networks of people across a range of communications-related disciplines.
  • Knowledge of WHO and the United Nations, the way they operate and the global context in which they work, including communications on sexual and reproductive health and rights with Member States.
  • Ability to prepare communications in flawless English.

Use of Language Skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of Other UN Language.


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