External VA: Communication Officer, NO1, Fixed Term, Yangon (position will relocate from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw in the near future), Post No. 64946 (Myanmar Nationals Only)

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This is a NO-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-1 contracts.

External Vacancy Announcement: Communication Officer, NO1, Fixed Term, Yangon (position will relocate from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw in the near future), Post No.64946 (Myanmar Nationals Only)

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, commitment

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Assists in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating an advocacy and communication strategy to get children’s and women’s issues into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives in the country, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.

Key functions and accountabilities of the position (detailed job description attached): - 64946 Communication Officer NO1 Yangon.pdf

  1. Communication materials

Ensure that the production of communication products and materials is timely executed and followed up to support country communication strategy, regional and global campaigns and priorities and to support resource mobilization as set out in the work plan.

  1. Media relations

Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – in the country, to communicate the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience.

  1. Digital media

Expand social media to promote public awareness and debate on key child rights concerns and to build a constituency of support including managing UNICEF Facebook account and responding to comments. Develop regular digital contents and plan and execute digital campaigns. Monitor UNICEF digital channels including Facebook and Twitter and provide response to queries. Utilize digital tools to assess public sentiment on issues affecting children.

  1. Monitoring and evaluation

Regular monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts. Ensure results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.

  1. Celebrities, partners and special events

Ensure that the Country Office’s contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), are maintained and further developed, whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives and who support and are able to actively participate in special events and activities that further the country programme goals.

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

  • University degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field.
  • One-year practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.
  • International and national work experience (for IP). Field work experience (for NO)
  • Background/familiarity with emergency situations.
  • Knowledge and experience of mobilizing mainstream media and development of communication products is an asset
  • Proven experience of direct management of social media channels, rapid content development and evaluation of digital media is an advantage
  • Experience with UN or INGOs is an advantage
  • Fluency in English
  • Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station.

Technical Knowledge [ I ]

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job) [ I ]

(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)

Specific and up-to-date working knowledge of:

  • Executive Board and other policy documents.
  • Executive Directives,
  • Thorough knowledge of Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)
  • UN/UNICEF Policy Papers
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
  • General administrative and financial guidelines.
  • Human resources manual
  • UNICEF communication and other DOC guidelines
  • Communication toolkit
  • Brand Toolkit and Brand Book
  • UNICEF Stylebook
  • Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children

    b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [ I ]

General knowledge of:

  • Communication practice, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
  • Fundamentals of working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
  • United Nations or other international organizations; good understanding of world affairs, current events and international development issues
  • Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • UNICEF communication goals, visions, positions, policies, guidelines and strategies.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, including emergencies.
  • UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies and approaches, including emergency preparedness.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [ II ]

  • Knowledge and expertise in management, communication strategy and networking.
  • Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  • UN security operations and guidelines.

Selection Criteria are:

The selection criteria are the knowledge, abilities, skills and personal attributes that will be used to determine whether or not a candidate is able to perform the job successfully.

Selection criteria are:

1. University degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or related field.

2. Practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.

3. Proven experience of direct management of social media channels, rapid content development and evaluation of digital media

4. Knowledge and experience of mobilizing mainstream media and development of communication products

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and

core competencies in the following:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

The Functional Competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
  • Relating and networking (I)
  • Persuading and Influencing (I)
  • Learning and Researching (II)
  • Relating and Networking (I)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (I)
  • Planning and Organizing (II)

View our competency framework at


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.

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 a workplace that welcomes diversity and equal opportunities. If you require any reasonable accommodation for your test, please let us know two days ahead of the test.

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


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

Due to recent changes, the duty station for this position has been changed to Yangon “position will relocate from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw in the near future”. All candidates who have already applied do not need to resubmit their application.

Added 1 year ago - Updated 9 months ago - Source: unicef.org