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Communications Associate - Islamabad

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N.G.O./Social Services
Media - Print & Electronic
Total Position:
Job Type:
Individual Contractor Agreement (UNOPS) ( First Shift (Day) )
Job Province:
Islamabad Capital Territrory
Job Location:
All Cities
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Degree Title:
Master’s degree in journalism, communications, international relations or social science is essential
Career Level:
LICA-8 (equivalent to NO-A)
Minimum Experience:
1 Year(Experience as a journalist or in a media organization (television, radio and/or print) at national/international level)
Required Travel:
Work Permit:
Apply By:
May 25, 2022
Posted On:
May 18, 2022
Job Description

The communications associate will work under the direct supervision of the Federal Communications Officer/Polio and overall take guidance from the WHO Polio Team Lead, as part of a cross-functional team in the Pakistan Polio Eradication (PEI) National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC):

1.       Provide communication support to the NEOC and its secretariat

o    Drafting and/or editorial review of letters, minutes, briefing notes etc.

o  Production of programmatic updates, including presentations, key messages and talking points

o    Organizing of events/visits with external parties locally and where the polio programme is featured internationally


2.       Support to media and advocacy working group

o    Attend and actively contribute during the weekly meetings

o    Keep track of assigned tasks by the NEOC Coordinator, action points discussed during the working group meetings and facilitate timely follow-up by the team

o    Provide (editorial) review of communication products produced by the working group


3.  Provide support for the development of communication materials for external relations

o    Developing regular donor-facing products including monthly infographic, newsletter and brochures

o    Identifying storylines and achievements for online and printed publications

o  Preparing web stories for WHO Pakistan/polio, endpolio.pk and GPEI website

o    Managing the process for the timely publication of materials with final approvals as per the agreed upon story calendar

o  Support the procurement process of hiring external parties for the production of communication materials i.e photographers, videographers, designers and printers including drafting administrative documents and follow-up on payments


4.       Provide support to media engagement

o    Support establishment of relationships with press including maintaining and updating database

o    Prepare press releases for every campaign and as required

o  Development of the quarterly media narrative brief for national and international audiences

o    Respond to requests for information and arrange interviews, as delegated

o    Provide input into training sessions for spokespersons for the programme and capacity building/sensitisation sessions for local media

o    Organize and conduct media engagement capacity building/coordination meetings, as needed

o    Provide inputs to briefing notes, question and answers and talking points, as necessary.


5.       Other activities as assigned by the supervisor


 Required Qualifications

First level degree in journalism, communications, international relations or social sciences

Functional Skills and Knowledge: 1. Proven skills in the development and implementation of communications/media products, including relations with the press and media. 2. Excellent interpersonal skills. 3. Ability to work under pressure while producing results. 4. Ability to "think out of the box" and to make innovative proposals as related to communication.\

5. Tact, discretion and diplomacy.


Other essential skills:

1. Computer literacy. 2. Excellent presentation skills, with proven ability to write in English in a clear and concise manner. 3. Knowledge or skills in visual design, website development.


Essential: At least 1 years of experience as a journalist or in a media organization (television, radio and/or print), at national or international level, or in the organization involved in information and communications projects. Desirable: Experience in planning and implementing media and communications projects, including the development of audio and visual materials and tools. Knowledge or understanding of WHO mandate and goals or experience in similar positions in the UN or NGO


Essential: English Desirable: Urdu and/or Pashto Good knowledge of another WHO Official language a definite asset.


·    Please make sure to update you P-11 form prior to submit your application. Incomplete or missing current/past employment information will not be entertained.

·       Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Required Skills

Website Development, Skills in Visual Designs, Presentation Skills, Computer Literacy,

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