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Risk Communication - Socio-Anthropologist

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Media, communications, languages
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

The purpose of this post is to provide technical guidance on communication, social and behavioral aspects of health emergencies, coordinate rapid sociological and community engagement to improve prevention and management of health emergencies. The post would also coordinate documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt on response and management of health emergencies and response in Africa for future use.

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate unit or field activity
(Overview of the programme)
• To support the 47 Member States in managing health emergency risk using proven high quality interventions ,
• Managing expert networks to rapidly characterize the threats and define mitigation measures,
• Facilitating the production of high quality, evidence-based guidance, its dissemination to affected countries, and the transfer of knowledge/capacity building of implementers, and
• Ensuring the availability of life-saving interventions (vaccine, treatments and diagnostics) reach the target populations during emergencies due to infectious hazards


1. Lead the development of a network of communication experts, social scientists and partners to facilitate the integration of the cultural/societal components in outbreak prevention, investigation, preparedness and response strategies,
2. Coordinate and guide the development/dissemination/use of regional guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for frontline responders and community to address the social dimensions of risk and improve cultural relevance, thereby improving acceptability and efficacy of outbreak investigations, and preparedness and response interventions,
3. Coordinate the building of the capacities of frontline responders on application of standard guidelines and SOPs of prevention, preparedness and response to outbreaks,
4. Coordinate the work of social science team with other teams to ensure that the work is technically, effectively and efficiently implemented with high standards,
5. Lead the documentation and dissemination of experiences and lessons learnt in managing outbreaks of health emergencies in the African Region,
6. Support the development of partnerships with various communication/media groups, religious groups, traditional leaders, and civil society organizations to solicit their involvement in the prevention and response to public health emergencies,
7. Manage an interactive regional social scientists network that communicates and disseminates to improve epidemic policy/strategy development as well as risk communication,
8. In close collaboration with partners, articulate and facilitate the development, pre-testing and production of culturally relevant communication materials to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery and behavior change,
9. Link with other groups within and beyond WHO to promote communication and cultural adaptation of response strategies and interventions,
10. Ensure the highest level of technical accuracy and evidence-base of technical emergency guidance,
11. Plan, manage and monitor the social science in health emergency activities to reflect the administrative and budgetary standards, guidelines, priorities and directions.
12. Any other duties assigned by the supervisor

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Media, communications, languages
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required skills: Project management; Public Relations; Stakeholder communication; Research and development; Data collection; Communication; Social sciences; Data analysis
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

World Health Organization

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