Agency to Provide Support in Developing, Testing and Evaluating Risk Communication Course

VN026 - An agency to provide support in developing a risk communication course, as well as testing and evaluating the course in one semester in three universities


Risk communication is a core capacity area for managing disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies, which WHO Member States are required to develop under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005).

The critical role played by risk communication during the response to the COVID-19 – a new disease – pandemic is a stark reminder that this technical area needs to be continuously invested in. In fact, in Viet Nam, one of the factors that have contributed in the successful control of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country has been the credible and comprehensive communications carried out through media engagement, collaboration with various organizations and sectors to develop risk communication messaging and tools/products, and harnessing of multisectoral collaboration for community engagement, among others.

It is important that a country has in place a bolstered risk communication system, including continuously enhanced human resources to run it. WHO Viet Nam has been working with partners and stakeholders in Viet Nam in strengthening the country’s risk communication capacity. Part of this support has been the standardization of risk communication training at all levels of the health system with the aim to develop a pool of core risk communicators within the current health workforce. This module is being used to comprehensively train health workers at all levels of the health sector in conducting risk communication activities in their respective areas.

WHO Viet Nam now aims to develop a risk communication course targeting the next generations, including students at medical universities and colleges and universities offering health-related degree programmes, of health workforce in Viet Nam. We look into working with a competent partner who will support us in developing the said course. Additionally, this APW is expected to support the initial implementation, including piloting it in at least three universities (potentially one in the north, central and south) in one semester, and evaluating it. Universities and colleges with membership in or established connection with academic networks are invited to submit activity proposals, including budget.

Detailed call for expression of interest

Address for Applications:
Administrative Officer
World Health Organization
UN Building, 304 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Or by email at: [email protected]

Application deadline: 14 August 2020

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Fri, 2020-08-14