Specialist, Communications & Visibility , WHO – Suriname

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This is a requisition for employment at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)


PAHO Country Offices are responsible for ensuring that the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) country program of technical cooperation and its country presence provides adequate support to the national health development process and, at the same time, enables countries to shape the subregional, regional, and global health agendas. The PAHO/WHO Country Office is the basic organizational unit for technical cooperation with the country, drawing on PAHO/WHO resources from all levels and all parts of the Organization.




Under the direct supervision of the PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR) and the general guidance of the Director, Communications (CMU), the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following assigned duties:


a)   Develop and implement a communications plan tailored for the Suriname Country Office, aligned with the PAHO Communications Strategy and Suriname’s Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), in collaboration with the technical personnel in the CO;


b)   Collaborate on the proposal and development of new and effective communication approaches and activities; support the access and dissemination of technical and scientific information in the country, in accordance with technical cooperation priorities; promote knowledge sharing initiatives aimed at improving demand for and easy access to technical-scientific information on health;


c)    Prepare national communication campaigns in line with CMU’s framework for a storytelling culture amongst leadership and staff, in order to highlight the Organization’s work of technical cooperation in the country; develop and maintain communication channels between PAHO staff and partners to ensure monthly flow of content for inclusion in stories, news media, reports, and other publications;


d)   Provide guidance and training to promote and ensure effective communication mechanisms; maintain effective partnerships with stakeholders to exchange critical and technical communication information and resolve implementation issues to ensure results are achieved as planned;


e)   Collaborate and provide support to the Country Office and technical personnel to assess and address their key communication needs and opportunities, to help advance the Organization’s strategic objectives, and stimulate greater interest in and awareness of the Organization and its work in the country;


f)    Prepare and edit press releases, web news, features, fact sheets, talking points and Q&A. Prepare periodic bulletins and update written materials as needed. Manage social media accounts, upload content to the local website, organize press conferences and write/edit opinion pieces and articles aimed at disseminating the work of the Organization at the country level;


g)   Support media inquiries by arranging interviews, researching specific issues, and contacting technical personnel; coordinate with management on sensitive issues; collaborate with management and technical officers on media relations and promotion of their activities to external audiences using a public relations approach;


h)   Monitor the press/media and elaborate distribution lists of journalists and strategic partners;


i)     Support the capacity building activities to effectively communicate leading health issues and PAHO’s program impact at country level, support policy advocacy, technical and scientific cooperation, partnerships and resource mobilization;


j)    Support the PAHO Suriname CO in building effective communications to position PAHO as a preferred partner, news source, thought leader and opinion maker on public health in the country;


k)   Perform other related duties, as assigned.






Essential: A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, media studies, digital media communication, advertising, or in any other discipline related to the functions of the position, from a recognized university.


Desirable: Training in public health would be an asset.


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. PAHO, only considers official degrees 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:  http://www.whed.net/.  PAHO will also use the databases of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org/ and College Navigator, found on the website of the National Centre for Educational Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to support the validation process.




Essential: Three (3) years of national professional experience in communications or journalism, with practical experience in corporate and/or strategic communications. Desirable: Experience working in health promotion would be an asset.




PAHO Competencies:


·       Overall attitude at work: Maintains integrity and takes a clear ethical approach and stance; demonstrates commitment to the Organization’s mandate and promotes the values of the Organization in daily work and behavior; is accountable for work carried out in line with own role and responsibilities; is respectful towards, and trusted by, colleagues and counterparts.


·       Teamwork: Collaborates and cooperates with others. – Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve results; encourages cooperation and builds rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the teams’ successes and shortcomings. Identifies conflicts in a timely manner and addresses them as necessary; understands issues from the perspective of others; does not interpret/ attribute conflicts to cultural, geographical or gender issues.


·       Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences: Relates well to diversity in others and capitalizes on such diversity – Treats all people with dignity and respect. Relates well to people with different cultures, gender, orientations, backgrounds and/or positions; examines own behavior to avoid stereotypical responses; considers issues from the perspective of others and values their diversity.


·       Communication: Expresses oneself clearly when speaking/Writes effectively/Listens/Shares knowledge – Foresees communication needs of audience and targets message accordingly.  Facilitates open communication; encourages others to share their views openly and takes time to understand and consider their views.  Writes down ideas in a clear, structured, logical and credible way; drafts and supports the development of guidelines, policies and procedures.  Shares relevant information openly and ensures that the shared information is understood; considers knowledge sharing as a constructive working method and demonstrates awareness of the Organization.


·       Producing Results: Delivers quality results/Takes responsibility – Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs. Works independently to produce new results and sets own timelines effectively and efficiently.  Shows awareness of own role and clarifies roles of team members in relation to project’s expected results. Makes proposals for improving processes as required and takes responsibility for own work and/or actions, as necessary.   Demonstrates positive attitude in working on new projects and initiatives. Demonstrates accountability for own success, as well as for errors; learns from experience.


·       Moving forward in a changing environment: Proposes change/Adapts to change – Suggests and articulates effective and efficient proposals for change as needed when new circumstances arise.  Quickly and effectively adapts own work approach in response to new demands and changing priorities. Is open to new ideas, approaches and working methods; adjusts own approach to embrace change initiatives.


Technical Expertise:


–        Thorough knowledge of and proven ability in communications, media, public relations and journalistic writing.


–        Technical knowledge of tools and techniques used to design, maintain and manage social media networks; proven ability to develop and integrate content into websites and blogs; theoretical and practical knowledge of mobile technologies.


–        Excellent writing and reporting skills with demonstrated experience in content production.


–        Training or experience in risk communication, crisis communications and/or behavior change communications.


–        Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize and multitask when required.


–        Strong professional oral and writing skills including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization; ability to present in a clear and concise, diplomatic, tactful, and courteous manner.




Very good knowledge of English. Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.


IT Skills:


Demonstrated ability to effectively use current technology and software, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook, and Adobe Master suite. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software, 3D visualization modeling and digital social media products development, Visio and Project would be an asset.




Annual Salary: (Net of taxes)


USD $27,077.00




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.


Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to PAHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and e-Manual.


For information on PAHO please visit: http://www.paho.org


PAHO/WHO is an ethical organization that maintains high standards of integrity and accountability. People joining PAHO are required to maintain these standards both in their professional work and personal activities.


PAHO/WHO also promotes a work environment that is free from harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and other types of abusive behavior. PAHO conducts background checks and will not hire anyone who has a substantiated history of abusive conduct.


PAHO/WHO personnel interact frequently with people in the communities we serve. To protect these people, PAHO has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. People who commit serious wrongdoing will be terminated and may also face criminal prosecution.


PAHO/WHO is committed to workforce diversity. PAHO/WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.


PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance).  Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, dependency benefits, pension plan and health insurance scheme.


All applicants are required to complete an on-line profile to be considered for this post.


This is a locally recruited post and is only available for citizens of CARICOM Member States (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago).  Candidates must hold a permanent local working visa or be citizens of a country from CARICOM to apply.


Candidates will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.  A written test and/or interview will be held for this post.  The post description is the official documentation for organizational purposes.


Paramaribo, Suriname
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