Chief of Communication

UNICEF, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th July, 2016

Job Description

Key Expected Results

  • Communication strategy: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a clear communication strategy and associated work plan to 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.
  • Communication for Development: with the C4D Specialist, ensure there is an effective C4D strategy and plan of action in place, and the implementation is effectively managed, facilitated and executed for social and behavioural change in support of efficient and effective programme delivery.
  • Media relations: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web, photo 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.
  • Networking and partnerships: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.
  • Celebrities and special events: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub 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.
  • Global priorities and campaigns: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF's global communications priorities, campaigns and partnerships, disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way.
  • Resource mobilization support; Global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy 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 and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared.
  • Capacity building and support: The Representative/Senior or Regional Communication Specialist and the country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of external relations communication as required.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations. 
  • Minimum eight (8) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and new media.
  • Exposure to Communication for Development is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnerships, private sector collaboration, public advocacy is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering child and youth participation for advocacy is an asset.
  • International and national work experience (for International Professionals). Field work experience (for National Officers).
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.
  • Excellent fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
  • 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 organisation.

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