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National consultant on communication

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Viet Nam, located in Southeast Asia, one of the hot spots for emerging infectious diseases (EID), continues to face considerable threats from possible emergence and introduction of highly infectious diseases. EID and other highly infectious diseases have potential to cause substantial mortality and morbidity, as well as considerable economic losses and challenges development gains.

In 2014, Viet Nam reported that it has achieved minimum core capacity required by International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005). However, recent outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as diphtheria outbreak in Quang Nam and Binh Phuoc provinces, viral encephalitis outbreaks in Cao Bang province, and dengue fever in Ha Noi reminded that achieving IHR (2005) core capacity alone is not sufficient to effectively control disease outbreaks. Viet Nam requires continued efforts and resources to maintain and strengthen its capacity to prevent, detect early, report and respond rapidly to EIDs, to effectively control outbreaks, and to contribute in preventing international spread of highly infectious diseases.

Since 2013, WHO has been working with the Ministry of Health of Viet Nam and relevant departments to strengthen its risk communications capacity. Dengue in the summer of 2017 has been an important test case for Viet Nam’s IHR response capacities and the risk communications emergency response. While the Ministry of Health implemented successfully series of risk communications measures based on SOPs that were developed in 2016, it remained a challenge to deal with new developments in risk communications.

Going forward, WHO will continue to support the Ministry of Health to further strengthen risk communications in 2017/2018, notably further developing and implementing the new national action plan for the period 2017-2018. In addition, WHO will work with the Ministry of Health to further implement the recommendation of the JEE. Monitoring and evaluation of risk communications remains a challenge. To this end, WHO will support the government of Viet Nam to undertake research on how to effectively measure the perception of the public, both during an outbreak but also to measure longer term impacts.

In addition, WHO in Viet Nam is also looking for continued support to help implement its draft communications strategy. The strategy provides a clear vision, objectives and measurable targets to help achieve its programmatic goals.  The selected consultant will guide and work together with other staff in the organization to increase the visibility of the work of WHO and to help achieve results.


Term of Reference

Address for Applications:

Interested applicant can send CV to

Administrative Officer

World Health Organization

304 Kim Ma, Hanoi, Viet Nam

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Deadline for Submissions:

COB 2 Nov 2017



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