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Communications And Advocacy Specialist

Date : 22 Sep 2020 - 02 Oct 2020
Venue : WAHO/OOAS,
Town : Bobodioulasso
Country : Burkina Faso




(Individual Consulting Services)  

Reference No FM/TEND/AMI/2020/015/bk /spm/apm  


POSITION: Communications And Advocacy Specialist




The West African Health Organization (WAHO) is the health institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), with a mandate to ensure the attainment of the highest possible standard and protection of health of the people in the ECOWAS region. Communicable and non-communicable diseases are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the region. Therefore, disease control and the prevention of epidemics are among the priorities of the 15 countries in the ECOWAS region and a major focus of WAHO’s work.

The World Bank has provided grants to ECOWAS for WAHO to implement 3 projects: –   Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement project (REDISSE).

  • Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Regional Project (SWEDD)
  • Sahel Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Project (SM/NTD)

WAHO seeks to recruit a dynamic, qualified and experienced Communications and Advocacy Specialist who will market and promote outcomes of the projects and improve WAHO’s visibility.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                                


The Communications and Advocacy Specialist will report to the Project Management Unit Coordinator and work in close collaboration with WAHO Communication’s Officer and beneficiaries.

The incumbent will:

  • Develop a strategic communication and advocacy plan relevant to the WAHO’s vision and mission;
  • Contribute to defining WAHO’s vision and missions on communication and advocacy;
  • Break down the strategic communication and advocacy framework into detailed annual plans;
  • Elaborate communication plans budgets and get them validated;
  • Identify key target groups and prepare appropriate communication and advocacy materials for an effective reach;
  • Ensure the update and the monitoring of all the communication platforms (website, social media) for the three projects;
  • Use relevant social media platforms in alignment with targeted groups for maximal WAHO and project visibility;
  • Identify key regional media and organize engagement sessions to better relay WAHO’s message; (including TV and radio program productions; production and distribution of press releases; publication of articles, interviews, in the newspapers; production of institutional TV documentaries)
  • Build strong relationships with local and international media to improve WAHO’s exposure and visibility;
  • Build strong relationships with the Civil Society Organization (CSOs) to leverage on their advocacy skills with a pragmatic approach;
  • Develop communication and budget monitoring tools and indicators to ensure strategic goals are achieved;
  • Develop an internal communication platform for knowledge sharing;
  • Create internal appropriate materials for knowledge sharing and updating;
  • Develop cross departments learning, knowledge mapping and storytelling platform for knowledge sharing;
  • Collaborate with regional partners on sharing of best practices;
  • Undertake any other relevant duties assigned by management.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Advertising, or related areas;
  • Seven (7) years minimum experience in Communication, Advocacy, Advertising or Marketing in credible or accredited organizations;
  • Excellent communication skills with demonstrated experience in advertising and media management;
  • Strong social media knowledge and ability to advance WAHO’s visibility on all relevant social platforms;
  • Adept team player with the necessary leadership skills;
  • Team leader with hands-on approach in designing and rolling out communication & advocacy plans at local, national and international levels;
  • Strong networking ability among media leaders and Civil Society groups;
  • Highly organized and results oriented with a positive attitude and good interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment and with senior level professionals, variety of partners and diverse stakeholder groups;
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to technical information and language;
  • Proficiency in English which is the working language of the WB is essential, and proficiency in another language of ECOWAS – French or Portuguese will be an advantage.



This is a WAHO consultant position supported by donor funds. The appointment is for six (6) months subject to a one (1) month probationary period and may be renewed according to availability of funds and for a period not exceeding the end of the project. Attractive consolidated remuneration package will be paid.


The Communications and Advocacy Specialist will be based at WAHO Headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso, BURKINA FASO, but will travel in the ECOWAS region as required.


Consultants interested in this position are invited to express their interest. They should provide information that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services (Cover letter indicating the position applied for, detailed Curriculum Vitae – including description of past similar assignments, and experience – and copies of supporting documents).


The consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures for the selection of individual consultants as set out in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by the World Bank Borrowers (ed. January 2011, revised in July 2014) available on the World Bank web site


INFORMATION, DEADLINE AND ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:                                                                                                            


Further information may be obtained during work hours:

From Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00 GMT from the WAHO Administration Officer, Mrs. Lalaissa AMOUKOU, e-mail:


Interested individuals candidates may access the TORs on WAHO website at:


Interested and qualified individuals Consultants should express their interest by submitting their applications electronically at


The title of the cover letter must indicate the position applied for. The deadline for receipt of applications is 2 October 2020 at 12:00 hours GMT.


WAHO or the World Bank will not be held responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by the individual Consultant in connection with the preparation or submission of the EOI.





Prof Stanley OKOLO 

Director General 

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