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Communication Officer – LICA 9 – Mogadishu, Somalia

World Health Organization

Under the direct supervision of the Coordinator Immunization and VPD Surveillance, and the overall guidance of the WHO Representative, the incumbent is a key member of Immunization/Polio team in Somalia and will have the following roles and responsibilities:

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as the in-country Polio communications focal point for coordination with the polio regional communications focal point; align joint communications with partner agencies at country level
  • Work closely with the Regional Office and with HQ to make sure all communication approaches and products are aligned with GPEI and other immunization partners priorities
  • Contribute to development of a country-level communications strategy; provide guidance on positioning of narrative and priority themes, ensuring alignment with global and regional strategies
  • Develop donor visibility materials and communications highlighting impact of donor support
  • Provide communications support for high-level (RD/DG/POB) missions to Somalia
  • Support in producing and compiling internal and external reports and contribute to the development of monthly and annual reports.
  • Work with technical staff on development of key messages, talking points, position statements, and other communication materials to facilitate dissemination of GPEl messages to stakeholders
  • Work and collaborate closely with the country communication team and other country units on overall communication strategies
  • Perform any other roles assigned by the Supervisor


Educational background

Essential: University degree in Communication, journalism, political science or international relation.

Desirable: Training in advocacy

Professional experience and knowledge

Essential: At least 2 years experience in communication, journalism, political science or international relation.


  • Experience in planning and implementing media and communications projects tactics, including the development of audio and visual materials and tools.
  • Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals of immunization or experience in similar positions in the UN or NGOs.
  • Experience in complex emergencies
    1. Teamwork*

Language Skills

Essential: Fluency English and Somali languages


Describe the core, management competencies required – See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.

  1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences*
  2. Communication*
  3. Producing Results*

Functional Knowledge and Skill

*Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position

  1. Broad knowledge of EPI strategies, policies and interventions.
  2. Ability to work well under pressure.
  3. Proven ability to take initiatives and make recommendations.
  4. Demonstrated writing and communication skills

How to apply

Your application should be sent to the below email address, please indicate the title of the position you have applied in the email subject by close of business Monday 8 Jan 2024. It should include a cover letter & a detailed CV (as one document in PDF format) with your contact details.

[email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

deadline: 8 Jan 2024

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