Risk Communication Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1507
Date Posted:Jan 5, 2020
Reference:WHOAFG-2020-01-01
Closing Date:Jan 20, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Health/Medical
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:3 Years
Contract Duration: Unspecified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Service Contract
Probation Period:12 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About World Health Organization:

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Job Summary:

To support the ministry public health emergency preparedness and response technically in disaster risk management. The risk communication, which is a very important complement of disaster risk management needs to, strengthened. Thus, a risk communication officer is planned to be recruited who, under the direct supervision of the WHE team leader, will assist the MoPH Afghanistan in risk communication. The Risk Communication Officer will be responsible for developing framework, guidelines, tools and messages to public and stakeholders on all-hazard risks with focus to infectious hazards within the MoPH and that of health partners ensuring the technical and institutional capacities for effective risk communication in health emergency preparedness and response at the national and sub-national levels.


Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the programme):


The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment):


The Under the overall supervision of WHO HE team leader and in close coordination with of emergency preparedness and response (EPR) of MOPH; The risk communication officer will develop framework, guidelines, tools and messages to public and stakeholders on all-hazard risks with focus to infectious hazards within the MoPH and that of health partners to ensure technical and institutional capacities for effective risk communication in health emergency preparedness and response at the national and sub-national. 

Skills Required:

Working Under StressCoordinationPlanning

Provinces to travel:

Kabul
Kapisa
Parwan
Wardak
Logar
Nangarhar
Laghman
Panjshir
Baghlan
Bamyan
Ghazni
Paktika
Paktya
Khost
Konar
Nooristan
Badakhshan
Takhar
Kunduz
Samangan
Balkh
Sar-e-Pul
Ghor
Daykundi
Urozgan
Zabul
Kandahar
Jawzjan
Faryab
Helmand
Badghis
Herat
Farah
Nimroz

Skills Description:

-         Good knowledge of public health and emergency health service delivery strategies;

-         Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;

-         Demonstrated ability of coordination, planning, implementation, M&E and reporting on emergency health or disaster risk management interventions.

-         Ability to frequently travel to the provinces and implementation sites


IT Skills:

- Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.

- Knowledge of ERP/Oracle applications is an asset

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Risk Communication Officer, under direct supervision of the WHE team leader, will perform the following duties:


-         Assist in developing risk communication policy, strategy and guidelines

-         Work on developing risk mitigation messages with relevant units

-         Map and regularly update the stakeholders involved in emergency preparedness and response

-         Participate in the health cluster meetings and follow up on risk communication points for action

-         Contribute and coordinate with the high-risk provinces/districts in developing their mitigation and preparedness plans

-         Ensure that high threat risks are communicated with the target provinces/district in close coordination with WHO regional offices

-         Work in close coordination with WHO/MoPH surveillance team to identify the high threat infectious hazard and share it with the target provinces and districts on a timely manner

-         Work in close collaboration with HPD and PR unit in launching awareness campaigns on risk mitigation and preparedness

-         Systematically document and report progress on risk communication capacity and proactively address gaps

-         Perform other related duties, as requested by supervisor, including provision of support to other areas of work and teams or program areas as required

-         Support WHE program areas in risk communication initiatives

-         Contribute in visibility of WHE promotions and achievements

-         Compile and distribution of WHE monthly updates

-         Assist EPR and Health Promotion department in identifying proper communication channels for risk mitigation messages

-         Assist in monitoring and evaluation of risk communication interventions

-         Contribute in updating the annual risk communication operational plan

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

Qualifications Required:


Competencies:

1) Producing results

2) Fostering Integration and Teamwork

3) Communicating in a credible and effective way

4) Moving forward in a changing environment.

5) Effective use of resources

 

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

-         Good knowledge of public health and emergency health service delivery strategies;

-         Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;

-         Demonstrated ability of coordination, planning, implementation, M&E and reporting on emergency health or disaster risk management interventions.

-         Ability to frequently travel to the provinces and implementation sites


Educations:

Essential:  Bachelor degree in Medicine or Public Health.


 

Desirable:  Specific training in public health emergencies and/or risk management in humanitarian emergencies is desirable. Training on risk communication, policy development and information/communication related to emergency field will be an asset


Experience:

Essential:  3 years of related experience in health emergency risk communication and disaster risk management. 


Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system


Languages: Very good knowledge of English and the local language.


IT Skills:

- Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.

- Knowledge of ERP/Oracle applications is an asset

 

Criteria

« Screening of the candidates;

- Long List - The candidates shall be longlisted base on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).

- Short List - Further shortlist shall be done base on years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.

« Assessment method:

- WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.

- WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

Job Keywords:

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