Risk Communication and Community Engagement Officer

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Risk Communication and Community Engagement Officer

  • Post Date:November 13, 2022
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  • Career Level Officer
    Experience 3 Years
    Gender Both
  • Industry Computer and Technology
    Qualification Bachelor Degree
    Salary As per Organization Salary Scale
  • Number of Opportunities 1
    Vacancy Number WHOAFG- 2022-11-112
    Location Kabul
Job Description

About World Health Organization:


The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership in global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and implementation support and monitoring and assessing health trends. In Afghanistan, WHO works to improve the health and well-being of all Afghans by preventing and reducing mortality, morbidity and disability and strengthening health services in close coordination with national and international partners.

Job Summary:

Purpose of the Position











To provide technical assistance to WHO Country Office in Afghanistan in developing and implementing a risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) strategy, action plan and activities in response to all outbreaks and health emergencies, liaise with MOPH on RCCE technical support and coordinate the RCCE sub-working group.

Duties & Responsibilities:

*Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

WHO Afghanistan is committed to fully leverage the power of risk communication and community engagement as a tool for promoting health and informing the public about life-saving measures to protect themselves and their communities from health threats. It is also imperative for WHO to proactively communicate about public health issues, and work with partners and counterparts to ensure more people are reached with credible, reliable, timely and actionable public health advice.

With this in view, WHO Afghanistan is recruiting a National Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Officer.

*Organizational context

The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Communications of WHO Afghanistan. S/he will work closely with the WHE team and other relevant technical units at WHO and counterparts at the Ministry of Public Health and other local partner organizations, as well as WHO HQ and regional offices.

*Summary of Assigned Duties

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

• Serve as focal point for risk communication and community engagement in the Incident Management Team for all outbreaks and emergencies managed by WHO.

• Develop/update and implement the RCCE strategy and workplan for WHO, and implement activities based on the workplan.

• Coordinate with and provide technical support to the Ministry of Public Health on RCCE activities.

• Implement RCCE activities in the field and prepare donor reports on RCCE activities.

• Represent WHO, with guidance from the Head of Communications, in the inter-agency Working Group on RCCE.

• Liaise with WHO field offices and partner organizations in joint messaging and activities on RCCE.

• Write stories of impact on the RCCE, in cooperation with the field offices.

• Contribute to the development of communication products of the WHO, including public health messages and its local translations, situation reports, media engagement activities to profile WHO’s work in the field.

• Provide general administrative support, such as scheduling, taking notes, and project tracking.

Job Requirement:


• Communicating in a credible and effective way

• Fostering integration and team work

• Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

• Producing results










Qualifications required:• Essential: University degree in communications, journalism, social sciences, public relations, public health or related field from a recognized university.• Desirable: Advanced training demonstrated in journalism, social sciences, mass communication, communications, public relations, media communication public health or related fields.

Experience required:

• Essential: Minimum of three (3) years of experience in communications, community engagement or public health related field

• Desirable: Experience in WHO or UN agencies, or organizations and NGOs, preferably on health-related issues. Work experience or knowledge of policy development with the government an asset.

Skills and knowledge:

• Ability to write a strategy, workplan and donor reports on RCCE and implement activities;

• Ability to work with MOPH, partners and communities in Afghanistan on RCCE;

• Ability to communicate effectively to facilitate positive changes and strategic partnerships with government officials, UN agencies, development partners, private sectors, nongovernmental organizations;

• Write compelling stories on public health issues, and highlight health needs in a strategic manner;

• Knowledge on various community engagement mechanisms in Afghanistan context;

• Ability to establish harmonious working relationships as part of a team and with other teams within the Organization; and

• Ability to adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

4. Use of Language Skills



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Other Skills (e.g. IT)










Proficiency in MS Office and knowledge of Powerpoint is essential. Knowledge of PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign desirable.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG- 2022-11-112) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. ONLY CANDIDATES UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW AND TEST.

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Submission Email:

  [email protected]