Communication Assistant at World Health Organization (WHO) – Speechwriter, Outreach and Advocacy

Applications are invited from interested and qualified persons to fill the position of Communication Assistant – Speechwriter, Outreach and Advocacy (G5) at World Health Organisation (WHO).

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Applications are invited from interested and qualified persons to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communication Assistant – Speechwriter, Outreach and Advocacy (G5)

Job ID: 2205525
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Schedule: Full-time
Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 Months
Organization: AF_NGA Nigeria

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Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Programme Management Focal person and over all supervision and guidance of the NPO Communications, the incumbent will carry out the following specific task:

  • Support the 5 clusters through drafting of speeches and articles, consistently ensuring a high level of accuracy and flexibility in creating, writing, and adapting content and presentation for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Undertaking original research on a range of development topics (within the context of UN system, Country Cooperation Strategy and Sustainable Development Goals) as needed to substantively inform the speech writing process.
  • Analyzing complex information, including statistics, and other numerical, qualitative, and quantitative data, to extract key messages for integration into speeches, and other communications materials as required.
  • Researching audience expectations, event agenda and topics, and assist in focusing the purpose of each speech to tailor messages for maximum audience appeal and impact.
  • Drafting other substantive written material for the Office of the WR as requested, including statements, articles, talking points, key messages and other written communications.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date archive of speeches and data on the WHO website.
  • Extracting key messages from speeches/presentations/articles for dissemination through social media channels, in close collaboration with the Communications Officer.
  • The documentation and advocacy assistant is part of the communications team in and will report to the WR (Communication officer).


  • Facilitate production of Communication materials such as Press Releases, brochures and short documentaries
  • Produce 2 donor-Media Packs
  • Organically support expansion of social media community with 1000 monthly new users
  • Monthly stakeholder Newsletter shared to at least 5000 stakeholders
  • At least 3 articles uploaded on the website on weekly basis
  • At least 5000 WHO new users/stakeholders accessing WHO Nigeria website

Educational Qualifications and Requirements

  • Essential: Completion of Secondary School Education, Technical Certificate, or Diploma in Administration / Management from an accredited institution.
  • Desirable: University Degree or its equivalent in Journalism, Communications, Sustainable development, Social Science, International Relations, or related field from an accredited institution.


  • At least 5 to 7 years’ working experience with WHO or agencies of the United Nations in the development of all written external communications including web articles, fact sheets, press releases, Annual Reports, event coverage, including photography, interviews, newsletters, and other media contents.

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  • Organization of press conferences with local and national media outlets
  • Experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment.
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office suite, and particularly in development of PowerPoint presentation materials.
  • Familiarity with the UN system in general and/or WHO in particular is an asset.
  •  Production, launch and dissemination of institutional knowledge products, including Press Releases
  • Production of digital/social media materials such as tweets, Facebook Live content and short videos
  • Excellent general understanding of public health, gender, equity, and other related issues.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

  • Have a good understanding of strategic communication and how it can contribute to the achievement of specific development goals.
  • Possess excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to engage with other parties and forge productive working relationships.
  • Have an understanding of, and experience with the major social media channels.
  • Be familiar with global development issues and the world of the UN.
  • Be able to write quickly, clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to originate or edit written content for media and the general public.
  • Knowledge of analytical tools and methods for undertaking substantive research on various policy related issues.


  • Communication
  • Fostering integration and teamwork
  • Producing results
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences.

How to Apply For World Health Organization (WHO) Recruitment
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note: Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications indicated above reflects your personal device’s system settings

Application ends 27th June, 2022.

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