Career Opportunity in WHO for Communication Officer in

Communication Officer - (2002519)  
Grade: NO-B
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): Two years

Job Posting

: Jul 10, 2020, 6:21:37 PM

Closing Date

: Jul 31, 2020, 4:59:00 AM

Primary Location

: Sri Lanka-Colombo


: SE_SRL WR Office, Sri Lanka


: Full-time  
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device's system settings. 


The MoHIMS is the main organization to ensure provision of quality and comprehensive health care services to Sri Lankans which includes health promotion and the communication of health-related information.WHO Sri Lanka Country Office jointly implements the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) with the government, which is aligned with the national priorities, regional flagships and the Global Plan of Work of WHO. Strengthened leadership, governance and advocacy for health is a key outcome under GPW 13. This will be enhanced through strategic communications. The communications unit takes the lead in implementing the WCO Communications strategy and development of key outputs to support the achievement of WCO objectives.


The scope of work of incumbent are as follows:

1. Communication and Advocacy Plan 
- Finalize and lead the implementation of the comprehensive Communication and advocacy plan for WCO, fully integrating a digital strategy.
- Includes defining target audience with differentiated strategies

2. Content Creation (web and print) 
- Proactively create editorial content (stories, photos, infographics, film, etc.) in cooperation with WCO technical officers; adapt for media pitching, web and social media, posting to respective channels; and support print production (design, editing, publishing)
- Create/design templates for ‘standard' communication products

3. Social media coordination 
- Coordinate the over-all implementation of the communication plan, including social media engagement strategy to ensure coherence of content across platforms

4. Website update and content management 
- Manage WCO website on a weekly basis and work to continuously improve structure of the website; ensure key deadlines are met for the dissemination of time-sensitive content

5. Website update and content management 
- Manage WCO website on a weekly basis and work to continuously improve structure of the website; ensure key deadlines are met for the dissemination of time-sensitive content.

6. The NPO is expected to ensure quality and adherence of public information materials to WHO style guide/standards; and to act as clearing house of website content.

7. He/ She will coordinate communication work of WHO Sri Lanka with Regional Office, HQ, other country offices; represent WHO in the UN Communications Group.

8. Health Promotion and Advocacy
- Coordinate with the Health Promotion Bureau and other related units to develop communication campaigns and serve as the WHO focal point for health promotion.

9. Support in strengthening WCO capacity in communications and advocacy, as necessary.

10. Perform other related duties, as may be requested by WHO 



Essential: Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, social sciences, communication or a related field
Desirable: Post-Graduate Degree Journalism, Public Health, Social Sciences, Mass Communication or related field; additional training in marketing, advertising


Essential: At least 2 years work experience in the field of communication, social marketing and/or health promotion and demonstrated success in a communication roleExperience in developing and implementing a communication strategy/campaign Experience in reporting on qualitative and quantitative analytics
Desirable: - Knowledge of global health and national health development issues- Knowledge of video editing software Adobe Premiere / Final Cut Pro, other design software or similar are assets


1. Demonstrable experience in documenting health related programmes/projects 
2. Excellent written and oral communication skills 
3. Analytical and leadership skills at professional level
4. Able to do website management and maintenance 
5. Good networking and public relations capacity
6. Creativity and innovation in communication Desirable:Knowledge of WHO programmes is an asset

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of Sinhala .


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at LKR 4,852,156 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an 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: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.