Communications Assistant

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To facilitate effective delivery of results under its 9th Country Programme with the Government of Zambia; and in line with the UNFPA global and national Communications and Advocacy Strategies, UNFPA Zambia is scaling-up external and internal communication functions, while also strengthening programmes, strategic partnerships and resource mobilization in line with UNFPA’s mandate areas.

In addition, UNFPA Zambia will during its 9th Country Programme aim to define and protect UNFPA’s corporate brand and reputation as the thought leader in sexual reproductive health and rights, with critical focus on women and young people.

Under the overall guidance of the Representative and direct supervision of the Communications Analyst, and in collaboration with Deputy Representative and other staff members, the incumbent will manage communications functions for the Gender, Adolescent Pregnancy and Social Norms (GAPS) Programme, as well as support the implementation of the overall UNFPA Zambia Communications Strategy.

External Communication: • Lead on the design, implementation and monitoring of the communications and advocacy initiatives for the SIDA funded GAPS project. This will include: o Promoting the visibility and branding of the GAPS project, including that of SIDA; o Facilitating the rollout of Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) interventions under the GAPS project; o Supporting the GAPS project to implement effective community mobilisation and engagement interventions; o Supporting the GAPS programme team in preparing and packaging various communication, advocacy, and visibility materials in line with UNFPA and SIDA guidelines; o Ensuring effective documentation of results and good practices under the GAPS project through video and photo documentaries.

• Contribute to the implementation of the overall UNFPA Zambia Communications Strategy (2023-2027) in collaboration with the Communications Analyst. This will include: o Enhancing UNFPA Zambia’s digital presence, ensuring that corporate social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) are a dynamic, attractive, and interactive platforms to attract, broaden, and engage audiences; o Supporting the visibility on UNFPA’s work to external audiences, as well as maintaining close collaboration with media; o Contributing to the drafting and editing of articles, press releases, human-interest stories, quarterly newsletters, and other advocacy/information materials; o Supporting the coverage of UNFPA events, including field visits by donors, media, and senior Government officials.

Internal Communication: • Contribute to the maintenance of an up-to-date documentation centre for publications, press releases and news clippings, as well as photographic and audio-visual materials; • Support respective programme teams to prepare briefing notes, talking points and speeches for the Representative and other UNFPA senior staff; • Track UNFPA mentions in the media and report on trends; • Prepare reports on UNFPA social media performance and presence.

• Accountability • Client Orientation • Commitment and Motivation • Commitment to Continuous Learning • Communication • Creativity • Ethics and Values • Integrity • Planning and Organizing • Professionalism • Respect for Diversity • Technological Awareness • Working in Teams

Communications, such as print and broadcast media, interactive digital media and external relations; • Knowledge and experience with approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies; • Knowledge of current developments in the fields of Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender; • Ability to research; analyze, evaluate and synthesize information; • Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form; • Knowledge of computer systems and applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Zambia is a landlocked, middle-income country with a population estimated at 18 million. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (2.5M) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic and cultural significance has also increased through the years.

Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped and roads are often congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health conditions are generally good, although malaria is endemic. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit:

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