Communications Support Consultant, Somalia At World Health Organization (WHO)


Communications Support Consultant

( 2306520 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 6 months or less

Job Posting: Jul 18, 2023, 12:20:05 PM

1. Area of expertise:

Communications : Communications Support Consultant

2. Purpose of consultancy

Develop written outputs and social media materials/content for the ongoing drought emergency, work of WHO and showcases the donor visibility of CERF, EU, ECHO, FCDO, Germany, Japan, Italy, USAID/BHA and World Bank in supporting the work of WHO in Somalia for emergency drought response. . As a result of increased and forthcoming contributions from various donors for supporting the work of WHO in Somalia, additional support is needed for a content writer who can simultaneously support the external relations and communications work of the WHO country office.

3. Background

The WHO CO Somalia continues to face a significant surge in work as a result of the ongoing drought emergency and COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, WCO continues undertaking its normative functions (e.g. UHC, PHC, EPI/Polio, RMNCH, NCD/MHPSS etc.), as well as implementing life-saving emergency health services through rapid response and anticipatory action interventions in emergency-affected areas of the country.

Based on the above, raising awareness and understanding of the CO’s current work through communications and visibility activities across Somalia, as well as ensuring credit is given to donors/partners through visibility outputs remain vital for: positioning the WCO’s health leadership amongst UN agencies; reaching beneficiaries; recognizing the CO’s donor partners; and supporting resource mobilization efforts. Moreover, with the ongoing drought emergency, there has not been a more critical time for the CO to focus its efforts to highlight WHO CO response in the field at the global level through impact-full visibility.

In these respects, the CO has planned various external relations, communications and visibility initiatives throughout 2023, which will require time-bound support in order to maintain the momentum of the CO’s health leadership, as well as communications and visibility work. A Communications support consultant is therefore required to undertake the surge of activities and initiatives as mentioned above.

4. Deliverables

Output 1: Develop communication and information product

Deliverable 1.1: Design all visibility materials and communication products such as audio/video/print materials to ensure WHO effective presence in health development, health, response to drought and other emergencies is visible to all key partners. .

Output 2: Prepare briefing notes for the country office

Deliverable 2.1 : Prepare and develop briefing notes and other information products on various topics of interest (for major events and health days).

Output 3: Report on communication outreach activities

Deliverable 3.1 : recommend plan for communication outreach activities that are aimed at showcasing and improving the visibility and value of WHO’s work in Somalia.

Deliverable 3.2: Prepare a monthly report during the assignment on communication outreach activities of the country office.

Deliverable 3.3: Ensure that immunization campaigns, health, nutrition outreach activities and work of community health workers are adequality photographed and filmed to promote WHO visibility.

Deliverable 3.5: Arrange for the celebration of World health days in Somalia ( such as communication for source files, translating Social media messages into Somali language)

Deliverable 3.6: Prepare periodic reports during the assignment on effectiveness of communication outreach activities as well as on the engagement of stakeholders interest in the work of WHO in Somalia towards improving health in the country.

5. Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Essential: University degree in journalism and communications or degree in public health

Desirable: Studies or experience-based knowledge of communications techniques and media relations.

Experience required:

Essential: Up to five years’ media organization (television, radio and/or print), at national or international level, or in the organization involved in information and communications projects and/or tactics related to humanitarian crises and response relief interventions.

Desirable: Experience in planning and implementing media and communications projects tactics, including the development of audio and visual materials and tools. Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals in public health issues or experience in similar positions in the UN and Donors

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

  •  Computer literacy.
  •  Excellent presentation skills, with proven ability to write in English in a clear and concise manner.
  •  Knowledge or skills in visual design including power point .

Languages and level required (Basic/Intermediate/Expert):

  •  Excellent knowledge in English (Written and Spoken)

6. Location

  •  Mogadishu Somalia

7. Travel

Travel dates will be agreed upon by the consultant and the responsible officer.

All travel arrangements will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO. While on mission under the terms of this consultancy, the Consultant will receive subsistence allowance.

Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.

8. Remuneration and budget (travel costs are excluded):

Remuneration: Level A (Low end of range) – USD $ USD $5,468 (Monthly)

a. Expected duration of contract (Maximum contract duration is 11 months per calendar year): 3 months.

Additional Information:

  •  This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
  •  Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  •  Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply on-line. For assessment of your application, please ensure that your profile on Stellis is updated; all experience records are entered with elaboration on tasks performed at the time. Kindly note that CV/PHFs inserted via LinkedIn are not accessible.
  •  A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  •  If your candidature is retained for interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/ . Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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  •  WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  •  WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  •  Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
  •  WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  •  WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  •  Consultants shall perform the work as independent contractors in a personal capacity, and not as a representative of any entity or authority. The execution of the work under a consultant contract does not create an employer/employee relationship between WHO and the Consultant.
  •  WHO shall have no responsibility whatsoever for any taxes, duties, social security contributions or other contributions payable by the Consultant. The Consultant shall be solely responsible for withholding and paying any taxes, duties, social security contributions and any other contributions which are applicable to the Consultant in in each location/jurisdiction in which the work hereunder is performed, and the Consultant shall not be entitled to any reimbursement thereof by WHO.

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