WHO Liaison Officer (Re-Advertised)

Location : East Jerusalem
Application Deadline :30-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Other
Post Level :Other
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months with possibility to extend based on fund availability and performance

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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WHO started its Gaza Trauma & Emergency Care Programme in March 2018 in response to the surge of casualties during the weekly border protests known as the Great March of Return. The programme's main objective was to ensure that local emergency care services have a sustainable emergency and trauma care system. Conflict-related trauma remains a significant burden on the health sector in Gaza. WHO is committed to improving the health system by ensuring that acute demands are met, and at the same time, sustainable impact on the Palestinian health system towards health equity and quality of health services can be achieved. 

More than 36,100 people were injured during the Great March of Return protests from March 2018 to December 2019. Many patients who needed trauma care overwhelmed an already fragile health system. Severe and complex injuries required specialised treatment that was not available or was limited in the Gaza Strip. 

WHO's goal was to strengthen the broader emergency medical system and health coordination. It also improved the lifesaving health response for vulnerable people and responded to trauma and emergency patients' needs, working across all levels of care. 

In the Gaza Strip, two million Palestinians have been living under a blockade imposed by Israel for over 13 years and have been further isolated from the world by COVID-19 related restrictions. Because of the pandemic outbreak, there was a significant increase in humanitarian needs across the occupied Palestinian territory. The measures imposed to contain it severely undermined living conditions, including recurrent lockdowns and travel restrictions. 

The already overburdened healthcare system in the occupied Palestinian territory needs continuous support to address the pandemic's new challenges, including supplies and capacity building. The reallocation of resources and mobility restrictions resulting from the pandemic has further undermined people's access to regular healthcare.

Purpose of the Position: 

The Liaison Officer will support WHO’s WHE- Trauma & Emergency Care Programme by documenting activities at different levels of interventions (pre-hospital, hospital and tertiary level services), produce advocacy, concept papers and donors’ reports that highlight the programme’s achievements and needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Output 1: Writing Reports

Deliverable 1.1: Support in collecting  feedback, qualitative and quantitative data and photos from technical officers that highlight the work at the Trauma & Emergency Care Programme to use in donors' reports.

Deliverable 1.2: Contribute to the design, production and update of infographics, presentations and reports, sometimes working on strict deadlines.

Deliverable 1.3: Assist in Producing  reports on Trauma and Emergency related activities as a priority, contribute to other WHE reporting requirements, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and other incidents in oPt.

Deliverable 1.4: Document success stories, such as the Trauma pathway treatment, the impact of delivered equipment on the quality of health service, and how different WHE activities are improving the skills of doctors and nurses.

Deliverable 1.5: Prepare and contribute to donors’ briefings and meetings, draft presentations, agenda and handouts.

Output 2: Review and Edit Documents

Deliverable 2.1: Review and edit proposals and reports to donors and different stake holders.

Deliverable 2.2: Review and edit documents produced by the team, implementing partners and consultants.

Deliverable 2.3: Translate documents from English to Arabic and Arabic to English as needed.

Deliverables 2.4: Coordinate with UNDP and other agencies to issue entry permits for international consultants who come to hold training courses for health workers in oPt.

Output 3: Other WHE related tasks as deemed necessary by the responsible officer.


1) Producing Results

2) Fostering integration and team work

3) Communicating in a credible and effective way

4)  Knowing and managing oneself.

5)  Setting an example.

Required Skills and Experience

• Essential: First level university degree in communications, journalism, international relations, English language or social science. 

• Desirable:  Studies or experience in professional writing in English, external relations, public affairs and media relations.

Experience Required:

• Essential: At least six years' experience in communications, reports writing, media relations or journalism at national and international level, and/or related experience in writing reports and proposals on humanitarian crises, health services, emergency preparedness and response relief interventions and risk reduction in public health in the United Nations or any other international organisations. 

• Desirable:  Experience in planning and implementing media and communications projects tactics, including developing rich media, visuals and graphics presentations.  

Skills and Technical Skills:

• Excellent English language, verbal and written, communication skills.

• Knowledge in video editing, graphics and design programmes.

• Knowledge of WHO’s mandate and goals in emergency response relief or experience in similar positions in the UN or INGOs. 

• Experience in capacity-building skills. 

• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to conceptualise ideas and promote consensus.  

• Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.  

• Knowledge on the impact of emergencies and crises on social and economic development, and its burden on populations. 

• Ability to "think outside the box" and to make innovative proposals and reports. 

• Tact, discretion and diplomacy.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English, Arabic 



Type of contract: LICA contract (Local Individual Contract agreement); non staff.

Duration of Agreement: 6 months with a possibility of extension

Applications must be submitted by 30 May 2022

Office-based consultancy in the WHO Jerusalem Office

Applications must be in English and include your CV.

Only Palestinians are eligible to apply. 



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