Strategic Communications Officer - Tenders Global

Strategic Communications Officer




Unitaid, a partnership hosted by the World Health Organization is focused on accelerating the introduction and adoption of key health products primarily for HIV & co-infections, tuberculosis, malaria and women & children’s health. It creates systemic conditions for sustainable and equitable access and aims to foster inclusive and demand-driven partnerships for innovation. It designs and invests in innovative approaches to make quality health products available and affordable in low- and middle-income countries. It promotes collective efforts with partners, countries and communities, unlocking access to the tools, services and care than can deliver the best results, improve health and address global health priorities.


  • Develop, benchmark & update a comprehensive and effective communication strategy, policy framework and an implementation plan including monitoring and evaluation of impact.
  • Provide strategic leadership on communications aspects of risk management setting up a system that allows Unitaid to respond quickly and effectively to any crisis foreseen.
  • Design appropriate communication tools to meet internal and external stakeholder needs.
  • Provide guidance to the team and support the management of Unitaid’s brand; develop proposals to improve Unitaid’s notoriety and image, in consultation with all parties concerned.
  • Provide advice to the Director of ERC, Senior Management and Board on communications issues, relations with donors and the media, including on approaches, consistency of language and content of publications, press releases and to handle politically and or/sensitive issues at national, regional and global levels.
  • Support the production and distribution of public information materials – reports, press releases, newsletters, speeches and statements, brochures, articles, factsheets, talking points, and audio-visual materials and to support advocacy work.
  • Lead implementation of social media strategy and strengthen the Unitaid media and press network through media coverage, briefings and develop multimedia contacts world-wide.
  • Develop, expand and maintain effective and efficient networks with relevant stakeholders and keep management informed about developments and opportunities.
  • Manage and be responsible for organizing media events, participation in international conferences and meetings.



Essential: Advanced level university degree in communications, development, international relations, broadcasting, or other relevant disciplines.
Desirable: Studies in public health, journalism, or training in health education.



  • At least seven years relevant experience in communications, media, or public relations of which at least five years at international level, involving public health and/or health related information.
  • Experience in developing comprehensive communication strategies as well as specific communication strategies for large organizations.
  • Experience in developing countries in the field of health information.

Desirable: Experience in health projects in at least one of Unitaid`s programmatic priorities.


  • In-depth understanding of communications work, both at strategic and operational level.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative ideas.
  • Demonstrated skills in formulating and managing work plans.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Strategic vision for exploiting synergies between Unitaid’s substantive work and communications activities;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices, methods and techniques of public health information;
  • Skills in writing clear and concise media reports;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse, coordinate and control large scale information;
  • Expertise in public relations.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.


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 77,326 (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 5368 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.


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