Communication Specialist (Media Specialist in Emergencies) P3, Geneva, Switzerland FT

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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, vision

This position reports to the Regional Advisor for Communications and is accountable for developing, managing, co-ordinating, implementing and monitoring a media and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with media and public, 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 in the regional office, and at a global level.

How can you make a difference?

1. Communication strategy Ensure that the Regional 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. • Develop, maintain and update the country advocacy and communication strategy and associated work plan. Strategy and work plan include: an environmental and stakeholder assessment; objectives; target audiences; messages and media mix; resources; specific actions, activities and products; monitoring and evaluation of impact; success and opportunity for improvement; ongoing refinement of the strategy. • UNICEF’s rights- and results-based programming approach is appropriately reflected in the communication strategy, work plan and products. • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination.

2. Media relations Ensure that the Regional 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 communicate the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience. • Promote a better understanding of, respect and support for children's and women's rights and issues by carrying out media, information and education activities in support of UNICEF-assisted development programmes or humanitarian efforts in the region. • Develop, maintain and update media relations contact list/database. • Establish, document, review and refine process of communicating with media contacts, including press conferences and events, issuing of media materials etc. • Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media, National Committees, NGOs, the field and other appropriate audiences. • Identify, develop, distribute and evaluate variety of media materials in multiple, appropriate formats. Ensure or enhance the quality, appropriateness of region specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages transmitted to the press, partners and public. • Collaborate with mass media through activities such as organizing project site visits, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate. • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials and share results and findings. • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination.

3. Networking and partnerships Ensure that the Regional Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives of the communication strategy. • Develop, maintain and update partners contact list/database. • Help establish, document, review and refine process of working collaboratively with partners, including meetings, joint projects, information sharing etc. • Ensure or enhance the quality, consistency and appropriateness of region-specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages shared with partners. • Identify opportunities to strengthen the capacity of partners through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to information, supplies and equipment and through knowledge sharing. • Monitor, evaluate and share results and findings with partners.

4. Celebrities and special events Ensure that the Regional Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of appropriate, regionally and 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. • Develop, maintain and update celebrities contact list/database. • Help establish, document, review and refine process of working with celebrities, including special events, media opportunities, field trips etc. • Participate in global advocacy activities by planning visits of Goodwill Ambassadors, National Committee representatives, Executive Board members etc. including preparing information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and necessary logistic arrangements. Highlight the achievements of the programme regionally. Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination.

5. Global priorities and campaigns In addition to regional campaigns, ensure that the Regional 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 region for global use. • Support the UNICEF global communications objectives and strategies through development of complementary region specific and local community materials and activities. Work plan should anticipate the inclusion of work on global priorities and campaigns. • Develop and deploy regional office communication capacity to gather/facilitate the content and coverage of relevant country efforts. Use the opportunity to identify/highlight effective programme activities and results. • Ensure regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in regional office and headquarters divisions.

6. Resource mobilization support Ensure that global and regional level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities. • Mobilize country office communication capacity to support/facilitate the gathering of content and coverage of relevant country efforts. Use the opportunity to identify/highlight effective programme activities and results in support of fundraising. • Mobilize resources for fund-raising support by regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in the regional office and headquarters divisions.

7. Management Ensure that human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring) are both effectively managed and optimally used. • Develop a work plan for communication activities, monitor compliance and provide support and guidance to ensure objectives are met. • Plan and monitor the use of communication budgetary resources. Approve and monitor the overall allocation and disbursement and liquidation of funds. Take appropriate actions to optimize use of funds. • Identify, recruit and supervise staff, technical resources and consultants as necessary. Conduct and implement effective performance planning, monitoring, performance development programme as required. • Ensure communication effectiveness, efficiency and delivery as well as a rigorous and transparent approach to planning, monitoring and evaluation.

8. Monitoring and evaluation Ensure that 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. • Provide technical support to ensure that a set of communication performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, and these communication indicators are incorporated or fed forwarded in the Annual Management Plan, Annual Work Plan, etc. • Conduct timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation activities to ensure the communications objectives are met and the strategy is effective. • Undertake lessons learned review of successful and unsuccessful communication experiences and share observations/findings with country, regional and HQ communication colleagues so that best practices benefit UNICEF’s communication work.

9. Capacity building and support Ensure that the Regional Advisors and the country programme communication teams 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 teams, media and other relevant partners. • Advise UNICEF management, colleagues and country staff on media strategy and implications for action and policies proposed. • Support communication activities through knowledge management, information exchange and building capacity of the country communications teams. Enable appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to information, supplies and equipment, and developing training and orientation material. • Assist the Regional Advisors in the development of communication tools and/or strategies. • Identify opportunities to strengthen the capacity of partners through appropriate advocacy and communication training.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations. (*A first University combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)
  • Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • International and national work experience is required. Background/familiarity with Emergency situations is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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