Communication Officer

  • Entry-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 23 June 2020

Job Description

1. Purpose of the Consultancy

As part of the COVID-19 response WHO in Myanmar, the consultancy will focus providing technical assistance to WHO Myanmar communications, media, and advocacy areas.

2. Background

COVID-19 is a WHO Grade 3 emergency, declared as a PHEIC, and characterized as a pandemic. WHO Myanmar received an official request from MoHS requesting every assistance and support related to COVID19. In response to the pandemic, WHO Myanmar has activated the Incident Management System and formed the Incident Management Team. One of the sub-functions under leadership is communications which is a distinct and separate function from risk communication and community engagement. In order to further strengthen this function of the WHO Myanmar Incident Management Team, a dedicated team member who can focus on communications related work is essential.

3. Planned timelines (subject to confirmation)

Start date: as soon as possible

End date: 31 December 2020 with possible extension subject to continuing need and availability of funds

4. Work to be performed (as the COVID-19 in Myanmar situation may evolve over time, changes in the deliverables can be anticipated)

  • Develop media packages, prepare situation update reports, newsletters, fact sheets and other communication materials related to WHO Myanmar preparedness and response, in consultation with WHO Incident Management Team.
  • Prepare articles or web stories highlighting WHO Myanmar supported emergency relief activities, including donor visibility where appropriate, to be ready for publication online or in print
  • Maintain regular and close contact with Public Information and Advocacy (PIA), other concerned teams in SEARO through HPE/LIB/WHO for wider dissemination through regional communication network and with the UN Information Center (UNIC) in Myanmar
  • Assist in risk communication support as needed in coordination with the relevant focal points in the WHO Incident Management Team.
  • Perform any other tasks related to information, communication, and advocacy functions of WHO Myanmar in order to enhance visibility of WHO’s presence in the country.

5. Specific requirements

Qualifications required:
Essential: University degree
Desirable: University degree in communications related area.

Experience required:
Essential: A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in communications.
Desirable: Experience in health response during emergencies or disasters.

Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:
Advanced communication and writing skills
Advance user of social media platforms, online communication skills
Microsoft office programs
Knowledge of publication/design related programs and web standards (Desktop publishing, Adobe photoshop and Content Management System etc)

Language requirements:
Essential: English (Read - Write - Speak / Expert)
Desirable: Myanmar (Read - Write - Speak / Expert)

6. Place of assignment
Yangon, Myanmar. Limited national travel is possible.

7. Medical clearance
The selected Consultant will be expected to provide a medical certificate of fitness for work.


  • WHO has a smoke free environment and non-smoking policy
  • WHO does not accept hard copies application. Please send your WHO PHF form to the email: SEMMRHRVNS@WHO.INT
  • VN Close date is 03-July-2020

DEADLINE: July 3, 2020

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