Communication Specialist, P-3, Asmara, Eritrea, #15148

Asmara | Eritrea

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children's and women's rights, and support for UNICEF's mission, priorities and programmes at country, regional and global levels.

Key Accountabilities

  • Communication strategy: the Country Office has a clear communication strategy and associated work plan to support the country programme objectives and get children's issues into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives, and enhance the organization's credibility and brand.
  • Media relations: the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to continuously avail the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience.
  • Networking and partnerships: the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations/institutions (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), whose support is essential to achieving the advocacy and communication objectives of the communication strategy.
  • Celebrities and special events: the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of appropriate, nationally-known personalities who have been identified, engaged and support UNICEF's effort and who actively participate in special events and activities that support country programme goals.
  • Global priorities and campaigns: In addition to local/national campaigns, the Country Office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF's global communications priorities and campaigns, both disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way, as well as providing/enabling coverage of the work in the country for global use.
  • Resource mobilization support: global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategies and activities.
  • Management: human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring) are both effectively managed and optimally used.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: communication baselines are established against which the achievement of objectives of the communication strategy are regularly evaluated; analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of communication strategy, approach and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.
  • Capacity building and support: the Representative/Senior or Regional Communication Officer and the country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of external relations communication as required; opportunities are identified and addressed for building communication capacity among country communication team, media and other relevant partners.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations. A first level university degree (Bachelor's) in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • International and national work experience
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication - Level III
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level II
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising - Level I
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level II
  • Relating and Networking - Level II
  • Persuading and Influencing- Level II
  • Applying Technical Expertise - Level II
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking - Level II
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501346

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: Asmara | Eritrea
    • Grade: Mid/Senior
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Communication
      • Communication
      • Communication
    • Closing Date: 2016-12-09

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