Norway nationals: Communications Officer on Environmental Health (WHO)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Hanoi, Vietnam 🇻🇳

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) was established on 7 April 1948 as the directing and coordinating authority in global public health within the United Nations system. Working at three levels in the Organization (global, regional and country), more than 7000 WHO staff worldwide collaborate with the governments of 194 Member States and other partners to achieve the WHO founding vision of the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all people.

The WHO Western Pacific Region is home to more than one quarter of the world’s population, stretching over more than one third of the distance around the globe. In all, more than 600 WHO staff work in 15 country offices and the Regional Office in Manila, Philippines, to support Member States in achieving better health outcomes for the Region’s nearly 1.9 billion people in 37 countries and areas.

WHO presence in Viet Nam has been a WHO Member State since 17 May 1950. WHO was one of the first United Nations agencies to support the Vietnamese health sector directly since the end of the war and reunification of the country. WHO established a country office in Hanoi in 1977 and a sub-office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2003. More than 50 WHO staff in the country office have played a central role in supporting the people and the Government of Viet Nam to improve health.

The mission of WHO in Viet Nam is to support the Government to achieve universal health coverage with all people having access to high-quality health services, within the context of the country’s needs and challenges in transitioning to middle-income status. Priorities of the United Nations in Viet Nam The Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations agencies, including WHO, adopted the Delivering as One principle and committed to the One United Nations initiative in Viet Nam in 2006. In July 2017, they jointly launched the One Strategic Plan 2017–2021, which identified focus areas and outcomes for the United Nations interventions in Viet Nam.

United Nations Volunteer – Communications Officer on Environmental Health 

The Government of Viet Nam issued a national action plan on controlling air quality in 2016, and a Directive No 03 dated 18/01/2021 to strengthen air quality control, in which the Ministry of Health was assigned to propose measures to mitigate health effects from air pollution.

The Ministry of Health of Viet Nam requested WHO to provide technical support in:

  • (1) development of a set of advisories on health preventive measures of air pollution for communities and dissemination of advisories to protect human health in mass media channels;
  • (2) strengthening advocacy to the government on health impacts from air pollution; and
  • (3) technical supports in improving national policies and strategies, implementing national action plans in combating air pollution to protect public health. The UN Volunteer (Air Pollution specialist) will work closely with Technical Officer in Environmental Health under supervision of the UHC-HLE Team Co-ordinator, and in coordination with the Communications Team.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the UHC-HLE Team Coordinator, and working closely with the Technical and Communications Team, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

Task 1: Develop and implement a communications and advocacy campaign for the government and the public on the health impacts from air pollution and other environmental problems

  • Work with counterparts and partners in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of a comprehensive communication for health campaign on air pollution and other environmental issues.
  • Provide technical and creative leadership in developing and disseminating communications products, and evaluating outcomes of the communication campaigns.
  • Join a Technical Working Group on air pollution, stakeholders’ consultation workshops to share international experience and practice in advocacy on health impacts from air pollution and recommendations for improvement of advocacy on health impacts from air pollution Coordinate media engagements to increase the profile of air pollution issues in Viet Nam.

Task 2: Provide communications support to the technical team in the development of a set of advisories on health preventive measures of air pollution for communities and dissemination of advisories to protect human health in mass media channels.

Task 3: Perform other duties as requested/required by the WHO Vietnam office and UHC-HLE and communications team ssignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria

  • Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Norway and only Norwegian nationals are eligible to apply.

More information and how to apply

Applications through the UNV website only. 

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Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Development Communication; Public/Development Policy; Mass Communication/Journalism, Social or Medical Science, Public Health, Environmental Science, Occupational Health and Safety, or Epidemiology. An advanced university degree would be desirable.


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required experience

3 years of experience in the national and/or international level in communication, external relations or social marketing focusing on health related matters is essential; work experience in climate change, environmental health,(e.g. environmental management, air pollution, water and sanitation) or occupational health is desirable; experience working in the WHO or other UN/international development organization would be a valuable asset.

  • Accuracy and professionalism in reporting, documentation, writing and editorial skills; basic skills and experience in using graphic design software would be desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally- and socially-sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and Government sector at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;  Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Able and willing to travel to communities;
  • Has affinity with or interest in the mission of promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals especially the goal on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through stronger regulatory systems, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.


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