Digital Communications Specialist, P3, Sanitation Water for All (SWA), Geneva, Switzerland, Position, REQ

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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.


The salary for this job should be between 130,785 USD and 171,253 USD.

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The international rate of 74,649 USD, with an additional 75.2% at this the location, applies.

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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, clean water.

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a global alliance of over 300 national governments, donors, civil society organizations and other development partners working together to catalyse political leadership and action, improve accountability and use scarce resources more effectively. The ultimate goal of the Partnership is to achieve universal access to water supply and sanitation.

The Secretariat of the SWA global partnership is hosted by UNICEF at its Headquarters in New York and Geneva. The SWA Secretariat is responsible for supporting the Steering Committee, Vice-Chair and Chair, promoting the country-level engagement of partners, and organizing global High-level Meetings of finance and sector ministers.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Communications Specialist, the staff member will be responsible for strengthening SWA’s digital presence on all relevant channels, including by engaging young audiences and increasing the impact of SWA's events, campaigns, and initiatives.

Summary of key functions:

1) Strategic advice and support

  • Support and advise the Communication Specialist in the development and implementation of the SWA Communications Strategy, workplan and budget
  • Conceptualize, research, and advise on the latest trends in digital communications standards, best practices, and benchmarks, including emerging digital platforms
  • Based on regular analysis of available data, provide advice on strategies to improve the website and social media presence
  • Represent SWA in relevant communities of practice, and the communications team in internal cross-team work groups

2) Management of ongoing digital communications work

  • Plan and implement digital outreach around events and campaigns (e.g., SWA’s High-level Meetings, World Toilet Day, International Women’s Day, Human Right’s Day)
  • Select, contract, and manage vendors as needed, including web producers, multimedia editors, designers, and junior communications consultant, to ensure high-quality outputs delivered within agreed schedule
  • Prepare digital materials in appropriate formats and language versions as required
  • Carry out other relevant communication duties as required
  • Establish partnerships and work relationships with partners and external organizations, to further expand SWA’s digital visibility and positioning

3) Web management

  • Ensure day-to-day management of SWA's website, including the publication of regular, relevant, and attractive content, available in SWA’s three official languages
  • Continuously improve user experience, including through the revamping pages and improving campaign and event pages
  • Plan news flow and editorial calendar aligned with SWA Secretariat’s workplan
  • Perform technical, competitive, and performance SEO (Search Engine Optimization) audits and implement improvements

4) Social media management

  • Ensure that SWA’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube - remain relevant and updated in close cooperation with other SWA Secretariat teams
  • Manage professional social media accounts of the SWA CEO
  • Identify/ build relationships with partners, donors, influencers, and cross-sectoral actors in order to disseminate the partnership’s message

5) Youth engagement

  • Under the supervision of the Communications Specialist, manage the activities of the SWA Youth Champion and SWA youth representatives and ensure SWA messages are reaching broader youth audiences
  • Ensure youth engagement around SWA’s activities, including campaigns and events

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

  • Advanced degree in communications, journalist development studies, international relations or related field.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of digital communications.
  • Previous experience in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of results-based strategic planning and management of corporate external digital communication content and internal communication digital platforms in an international development setting.
  • Outstanding skills in content management and communications and understanding of multimedia and social media required.
  • Deep practical usage of Drupal required. Understanding of the following digital tools an advantage: Google Ads, Trello, Facebook Business Manager, MailChimp.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit
  • 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) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.


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 be 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.

Your appointment is limited to SWA, a UNICEF hosted fund. While UN staff regulations and rules, as well as UNICEF policies and procedures, apply to you during your appointment, certain provisions therein may apply to you differently due to the limited scope of your appointment. In particular, you will not be subject to rotation exercise as per the Executive Directive on Staff mobility and rotation (CF/EXD/2015-002) or any revision thereof. In addition, during your appointment in SWA, you will not be considered eligible for conversion to a Continuing Appointment as per UNICEF Administrative Instruction on Continuing Appointment (CF/AI/2017-002) or any revision thereof. In the event that your post is abolished, the priority granted and other support provided to staff on abolished posts in staff selection processes will only be extended to posts within SWA and not to other posts in UNICEF.

For UNICEF candidates applying******: To return to a UNICEF appointment outside SWA, you will need to be selected in a competitive recruitment exercise. Upon selection for a UNICEF post outside of UNICEF hosted funds, the period you have served with the UNICEF hosted fund will count towards the calculation of the tour of duty in your duty station and eligibility for a continuing appointment.

For External Candidates applying: To secure a UNICEF appointment outside SWA, you will need to be selected in a competitive recruitment exercise. Upon selection for a UNICEF post outside of UNICEF hosted funds, the period you have served with the UNICEF hosted fund will count towards the calculation of the tour of duty in your duty station and eligibility for a continuing appointment.

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