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Communications Specialist 21 January 2021 Nat. Specialist WHO Turkmenistan
Ashkhabad (TKM)
12 months with possibility of extension
21 January 2021

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the WHO Representative or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Communications Specialist will:

The purpose of this assignment is to support the WHO Country Office in communicating on relevant health issues, developments and findings; promoting the work of WHO at national level; and contributing to communications activities on delivering the European Programme of Work at country and regional levels. Key duties include:

  • To develop, coordinate, implement and evaluate an EPW communications action plan for the WHO Country Office.
  • To plan and develop, with support from Country Office (CO) and RO (Regional Office) staff when necessary, communications messages and products on country work for public and professional groups (policy-makers and health professionals, media, web and social media audiences, and the public).
  • To develop and deliver selected public health and health care campaigns (e.g. communicable and non-communicable diseases, vaccination, mental health, digital health, health care workers, health system developments, universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals), including messages, written and multimedia materials, dissemination and follow-up.
  • To contribute to Regional communications strategies and plans, and coordinate/ share information with the Regional communications team on key communications activities including capacity-building.
  • To network, coordinate and manage the contacts of key communications counterparts among UN partners, authorities and communications outlets at national level.
  • To ensure proper visibility and support to partner engagement initiatives and collaboration (including development partners and donors) through development and dissemination of relevant communications products.
  • To provide support to CO/RO in managing resource partner engagement including assisting in proposal development and reporting.
  • To support the WHO Representative on strategic external and internal communications.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area, social and political science, international relations, development studies, communications, public relations, journalism or social sciences.
24 Months
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in communications, or other relevant programmes; experience with social media, web communications, resource mobilization, and media relations is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Russian(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
  • German(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Public information and reporting
  • Excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including NGOs, UN partners, national authorities, media, resource partners;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in public health and the sustainable development agenda, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Communication, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

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Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

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Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of Turkmenistan and legal residents in Turkmenistan with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: 21-01-2021