Communication Officer, Monrovia

Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers

Country: Liberia

City: Monrovia, Liberia

Office: UNV in Monrovia, Liberia

Closing date: Sunday, 6 June 2021

Communication Officer

International Specialist

Host entityWHO


Duty stationMonrovia (LBR)

Language skills


Start date01 July 2021

Duration12 months

Application deadline 06 June 2021

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Identify subjects of interest to develop and improve media/communication activities at the country level and develop a communication plan for the country office, which works in synergy with the global and regional communications strategies

Produce public information materials such as press releases and media

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 spokepeople.

Build relations with the national media and ensure that WHO issues, and work are regularly profiled by the national media.

Takephotographs 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.

Monitor media coverage of WHO issues, programmes and people in the country and provide regular reports to the Regional Office.

Organize photographic shoots and interviews and filming opportunities to support high-visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers, etc.

Manage the social media accounts of the country office in compliance with guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure consistency of approach. Regularly update content on these platforms

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.

Support the monitoring of mis-disinformation circulating on social media and local media.

Research and write feature stories and messages, ideally bringing in a human element from real life experiences

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.

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.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


Required degree level:Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

Essential: University degree in journalism, information management, communications, international relations, management/business or social science

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

Required experience:24 Months

Experience remark:

Required - At least 2 years of professional work experience at the national and international level, in external communications. Proven experience in managing the media, updating communications materials, ensuring visibility, and communicating the work of the organizations.

Desirable Experience: Prior working experience with WHO/UN or with an international non-governmental organization; experience in organizing advocacy campaigns and experience in managing publishing processes. Proven experience in writing advocacy documents. Proven experience in taking photographs or filming video which are of professional quality

Language skills:

English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise:Journalism, mass media and broadcasting, General business management, Political affairs and political reporting

Area of expertise details:

Proven skills in the development and implementation of communications plans

Proven skills in writing feature stories and other key communications products

Proven skills in engaging with national, regional, and international media and securing media coverage

Management of the media and effectively communicating the work of the organization

Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.

Driving license: No

Competencies values: Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Managing Performance, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Vision, Working in Teams

Application procedure: ****This assignment is part of the WHO Women in Health Initiative. African women aged 22 - 35 years are encouraged to apply ****

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Application deadline: 06-06-2021


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