Communications Manager, Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health – World Health Organization – Genf, GE

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The Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) provides a platform for diverse organizations from donor agencies, national governments, the UN, academia, NGOs, the private sector, youth organizations and other groups to align objectives, strategies and resources, and to agree on evidence for action to support the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, including through Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care. Effective communication among partners is central to this mission. The immediate strategic objective of this work is to manage the overall program of communications work for PMNCH, supporting partners in their joint efforts in line with goals expressed PMNCH’s own Strategy and annual workplans.

1. Develop a partner-based Communications Strategy to support the goals of the PMNCH Strategy for 2021-2015, including dedicated support to integrated advocacy and communication strategies, working groups and campaigns; 2. To deliver the PMNCH Communications Strategy, work closely with PMNCH’s digital engagement focal point to plan and develop digital platforms and tools to enhance effective and inclusive communication among PMNCH partners; 3. Particular focus should be paid to strategies to support partners working at sub-national level, where inequities in health status and access to information are greatest; 4. Develop indicators for measuring the impact of the Communications Strategy and report on outcomes of monitoring efforts; 5. Provide strategic advice on communication approaches for maximizing global, regional, national and sub-national visibility and investment in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health issues, promoting effective messaging and joint advocacy by PMNCH partners and champions; 6. Provide senior communication expertise to the PMNCH Board and its leadership as required; 7. Guide and supervise the PMNCH secretariat’s Communications Officer in implementing the updated PMNCH Communications Strategy; 8. Other tasks as may be assigned by the supervisor, including reporting on progress and impact of communication-related tools and projects.
Essential: Advanced-level university degree in Communications, Political Sciences, Public Information, Development Studies, or related field, such as business marketing.
Essential: Minimum of 7 years of relevant communications experience, at least four of which in a global health context, in the effective development and implementation of communication strategies, including those based on social media. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in project management, including results delivered through the coordination of multiple partners and stakeholders. Minimum of 5 years’ experience in developing effective messages to support communication or advocacy campaigns. Minimum of 3 years’ experience managing staff members. Demonstrated experience at the international level.
Desirable: Professional communications experience working in a low- or middle-income country.
Professionalism: Demonstrated competence in deploying innovative communications methodologies and tools, including a focus on interactive and social media platforms; strong corporate and external communications and outreach skills; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; persistence when faced with shifting circumstances and challenges; calm and tactful under stress; Planning and Organizing: Excellent project management skills, including demonstrated ability to develop clear goals consistent with agreed strategies; appropriate prioritization of activities and assignments; allocation of appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; monitoring and adjusting of plans and actions as necessary; Communication: Clear and effective speaking and writing skills; good listening skills and strong interest in two-way communication; openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; political acumen, sound judgment, tact and diplomacy; Knowledge of the UN System, its agencies and entities, mandates and operations as they relate to the Global Strategy and Sustainable Development Goals.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Driving the Organization to a Successful Future
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
Creating an empowering and motivating environment Essential: Expert knowledge of English.
Desirable: Knowledge of another WHO language.
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 73,516 (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 4815 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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