World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO EMRO Cairo
Web and Communications Editor
( 2300863 )
Contractual Arrangement : External consultant
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 10 Months
Job Posting: Jan 26, 2023, 1:11:06 PM
Area of expertise :
Web and Communications Editor
- Purpose of consultancy
There is strong demand across technical departments and country offices for the creation of high-quality new or repurposed content for regional and country office websites as well as speeches, social media content, press releases and campaign material. The Communications for Health Programme (CFH) receives some editorial support from the Publishing, Editorial and Graphic Design (PEG) team, but additional support from a consultant is now being sought to help leverage limited in-house resources to best effect and ensure the timely creation of effective strategic communication products.
The Consultancy is needed to support the CFH programme in editing and producing quality communication products including, web/social media content, press releases, and campaign materials as well as speeches, in close coordination with PEG team and particularly WHO/EMRO’s Chief Editor.
As part of the Communications, Resource Mobilization and Partnerships department, the CFH programme drives and shapes communication activities for WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. This includes creating a wide range of corporate, programme and emergency communication products.
CFH is one of the priorities of the WHO Regional Director’s “Vision 2023” for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and is an integrated part of the Department of Communications, Resource Mobilization and Partnership (CRP).
The communications programme’s Strategic Objective is to reinforce WHO’s role as the trusted health authority, and to share evidence-based health information in the Region.
The programme’s specific objectives are to:
- Reach the public, donors, media and other stakeholders with accurate, timely and appealing information through traditional and innovative platforms to:
- promote WHO’s impact and credibility as the leading voice for public health;
- highlight heath needs across the Region through human stories; and
- communicate health risks and dispel misinformation.
- Enhance WHO’s capacity to communicate for health, foster partnerships with the media and other key stakeholders, and attract resources for strategic priorities.
- Reaffirm WHO staff’s knowledge of, and pride in the work of the Organization.
- Advise senior management on issues that affect WHO’s reputation and credibility.)
Under supervision in Strategic Communications for Health (SCH) unit, and in close collaboration with PEG unit, the incumbent will deliver the following: Output 1: Proofreading and editorial review of web and communication content.
Deliverable 1.1: Proofread and edit corporate and emergency communications products including, but not limited to, press releases, newsletters, video scripts, speeches, campaign materials, as well as web, social media and multimedia content.
Deliverable 1.2: As advised by the responsible officer, meet virtually or in person with communication staff as necessary to discuss textual content and resolve editorial queries.
Deliverable 1.3: As advised/requested by the responsible officer, publish content on the WHO website for the Region and country offices, using content management system (CMS).
Deliverable 1.4: Support the enhancement of web content as part of the migration process to upgrade the content management system (CMS)
Output 2: Developing written and communication content for web, media, social media and corporate campaigns.
Deliverable 2.1: Work closely with communication officers at CRP and country offices to provide editorial input for developing slogans, taglines and other materials that reflect the brand voice.
Output 3: Providing editorial support/advice to communications teams in close coordination with PEG unit and the WHO/EMRO’s Chief Editor
Deliverable 3.1: Work with SCH and PEG units to develop/enhance standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines for the creation and editing of web content and other communication products.
Deliverable 3.2: Ensure all communication content adheres to WHO editorial style guide and editorial rules.
- Educational Qualifications:
Essential: First university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in English language, linguistics, communication, science, social sciences, humanities or other related field.
Essential: At least 5 years of proven relevant experience working in a professional editing and communication environment.
Desirable: Working experience in an international organization.
Working experience with content management system (CMS) for websites such as Joomla and Sitefinity.
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Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:
Expertise in writing and editing in English, with strong knowledge of the English language and trends in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Proven competency in planning and preparing content for publication on websites.
Understanding of the work of international organizations and the potential sensitivities involved.
The Consultant is not expected to travel during this assignment outside of the duty station in Cairo, Egypt.
All travel arrangements to take up the assignment (if necessary) will be made by WHO – WHO will not be responsible for tickets purchased by the Consultant without the express, prior authorization of WHO.
Visas requirements: it is the consultant’s responsibility to fulfil visa requirements and ask for visa support letter(s) if needed.
Payband B: minimum USD3,955 per month.
10. Additional Information:
- This vacancy notice may be used to identify candidates for other similar consultancies at the same level.
- Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
- A written test may be used as a form of screening.
- If your candidature is retained for 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: (link) Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
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