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WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Our goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.

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Details to the Post

Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 2 Years
Job Posting: May 8, 2024, 12:20:48 PM
Closing Date: May 21, 2024, 11:59:00 PM
Primary Location: Cameroon-Yaounde
Organization: AF_CMR Cameroon
Schedule: Full-time

Job Summary:
The incumbent, under the supervision of the External Relations Officer and guidance of the PMO/WR, will have the following responsibilities:

  1. Conduct media relations by proactively pitching stories about key public health issues and the Organization’s work, arranging interviews, and responding to requests in a timely manner.
  2. Monitor WHO’s exposure in traditional and social media, and prepare a daily media monitoring report for staff, including tracking the pick-up of stories pitched by WHO.
  3. Maintain and update the regional media list and profiles of key reporters.
  4. Assist in planning and organizing news conferences, campaign and advocacy events.
  5. Draft, coordinate clearance, and support the dissemination of communication and advocacy materials.
  6. Update the WHO Cameroon website and social media accounts as needed.
  7. Coordinate internal communications within WHO Cameroon, including drafting stories and maintaining the calendar for the WHO Cameroon Intranet and internal social media.
  8. Provide support to the Country Representative (WR), cluster leaders, and other program officers in planning and developing information and communications products.
  9. Promote WHO country office work through the implementation of strategic corporate communications campaign plans and the compilation of the annual report.
  10. Assist in resource mobilization efforts by packaging and disseminating key contributions of the country office through the website and brochures.
  11. Provide technical support for crisis management and capacity building on strategic communications, media programming, and public relations.
  12. Develop IEC materials and produce visibility materials for showcasing the WHO country office to donors, partners, and stakeholders.
  13. Oversee the design and editorial content of the WHO country office website, ensuring regular updates.
  14. Draft press releases, speeches, and talking points for the Country Representative.
  15. Proactively identify opportunities, liaise with national and international media, and organize briefings and press conferences.
  16. Monitor international and regional media and update WHO staff on relevant coverage.
  17. Facilitate effective internal communication and staff engagement.
  18. Implement other activities as directed by the External Relations Officer, PMO, and WHO Country Representative.

Required Qualifications:

  • Essential: First university degree in communication, journalism, political science, international relations, or a related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Formal qualification in public health and courses in communication techniques and social media.


  • Essential: At least two years of related experience in communication and/or advocacy, including support for humanitarian emergency or health outbreak response and recovery activities. Proven experience in writing advocacy documents and producing communication materials.
  • Desirable: Prior experience with WHO/UN or an international nongovernmental organization, organizing advocacy campaigns, and managing publishing processes.


  • Proven skills in developing and implementing communication/media products and tactics.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to think innovatively and propose creative communication strategies.
  • Knowledge or understanding of WHO’s mandate and goals.

WHO Competencies:

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Adapting to a changing environment
  • Producing results
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Language Skills:

  • Essential: Intermediate knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of local languages.

The annual base salary starts at XAF 25,148,000 (subject to deductions for pension contributions and health insurance) and includes 30 days of annual leave.


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