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Communication Officer, KENYA

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Organization: WHO

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi

Office: WHO Nairobi

Closing date: Thursday, 9 December 2021


Description of assignment title: Communication Officer

Assignment country: Kenya

Expected start date: 01/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WHO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Nairobi


Mission and objectives

The mission of WHO in the area of transplantation is to meet the requirement of the fifty-seventh World health Assembly resolution WHA57.18.. Objectives can be summarized as follows: To work with Member states and to provide assistance at their request to ensure effective national oversight of allogeneic and xenogeneic transplantation activities. This would ensure accountability, traceability, and appropriate surveillance of adverse events (in particular transmission of infectious agents of xenogeneic origin); To increase access of citizens to safe and effective transplantation of cell, tissue and organ. Additionally, to ensure ethical and technical practices of the procurement of human material for transplantation to the follow-up of recipients and live donors; To promote international cooperation to encourage the global harmonization of technical and ethical practices in transplantation. This would include the prevention of the exploitation of the disadvantaged through transplant tourism and the sale of human material for transplantation. To encourage donation of human material for transplantation. The “Clinical Procedures” unit in the Department of Essential Health Technologies is responsible for promoting the appropriate effective and safe use of cell, tissue and organ transplantation. This includes the surveillance of risks particularly in xenotransplantation. This department is also responsible for ensuring efficacy, safety and equity in the provision of clinical procedures in surgery, anaesthetics, obstetrics and orthopaedics particularly at the district hospital level.


In the context of WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) and its triple-billion strategy, the incumbent will support communications activities at the country level. Key deliverables include: accurate and timely production and dissemination of high quality public information products which highlight WHO and partners work on the ground; promoting achievements and results of key public health initiatives and building contacts with the press/media and key partners and optimizing networking opportunities. The incumbent will work with colleagues in the country office to ensure WHO’s work and health issues gain visibility among partners, the general public, the media and other key stakeholders.

Task description

  1. Identify subjects of interest to develop and improve media/communication activities at the country level and develop a communications plan for the country office, which works in synergy with the global and regional communications strategies. 2. Produce public information materials such as press releases and media advisories on WHO events, products and issues for dissemination to the print, electronic and online media, as well as media talking points for country spokespeople. 3. Build relations with the national media and ensure that WHO issues, and work are regularly profiled by the national media. 4. Take photographs of key WHO events, activities as well as of key health programmes for use on the country and regional websites as photo stories, as well as on social media. 5. Monitor media coverage of WHO issues, programmes and people in the country and provide regular reports to the Regional Office. 6. Organize photographic shoots and interviews and filming opportunities to support high-visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers, etc. 7. Manage the social media accounts of the country office in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure con-sistency of approach. Regularly update content on these platforms 8. Manage the development and maintenance of the country website, in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach. Regularly update content on the website. 9. Support the monitoring of mis-disinformation circulating on social media and local media. 10. Research and write feature stories and messages, ideally bringing in a human element from real life experiences 11. Work with external relations officer in the country office (if there is one) or in the regional office to prepare communication and advocacy products and statements to be used by the Resource Mobilization team in convincing and encouraging donors to rapidly fund the overall health sector response. 12. Collaborate with all relevant actors, including the health cluster, regional and field offices, other WHO departments, UN agencies, and other partners to identify and create communication opportunities and prepare communication campaigns on specific topics.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in journalist and/or communications expert for a major national or international organization Desirable skills:

Excellent knowledge of photography

Excellent knowledge of script/video editing tools

Demonstrated experience in graphic design and video editing.

Area(s) of expertise


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English, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable Portuguese, Level: Working knowledge, Desirabl

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in journalism, information management, communications, international relations, management/business or social science.

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Desirable: Studies or experience-based knowledge of information management, information systems, communications techniques and media relations.

Competencies and values

Communication: expresses oneself clearly in conversation and interaction with others; actively listens. Produces effective written communications. Ensures that information is shared.

Teamwork: develops and promotes effective relationships with colleagues and team members. Deals constructively with conflicts.

Moving forward in a changing environment: is open to, and proposes, new approaches and ideas. Adapts and responds positively to change.

Promoting innovation and organizational learning: invigorates the Organization by building a culture which encourages learning and development. Sponsors innovative approaches and solutions.

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: demonstrates ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations. Respects differences and ensures that all can contribute.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The UN classifies Nairobi as a class B duty station. Nairobi enjoys normal living conditions for a developing country in Africa. Nairobi is a modern metropolitan city where most basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication and banking services and educational facilities are readily available. The city is widely connected through its main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the smaller Wilson Airport. Air transport is also available to many up-country destinations. The city is home to some 3,000 UN personnel mainly attributed to the fact that it serves as the headquarters for both the UN HABITAT and UNEP. The socio-economic and cultural background of the immediate society the UNV would be living and working in is diverse and prevailing security conditions at the place of assignment is modest. The topographic and climatic features of the assignment location is highland cool and warm tropical climate. More comprehensive security advice and support is provided upon arrival.


Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policya



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