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.
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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.
We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.
UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
For every child, early moments matter
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, 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?
- Programme communication strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed for social and behavioural change in support of efficient and effective programme delivery.
- Culturally relevant programme communication materials designed, pre-tested, and timely produced, meeting requirements and quality standards.
- Strong partnerships with community groups, religious and community leaders, and other stakeholders in the community and civil society developed and enhanced for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals.
- Effective training materials and activities organized, developed and implemented to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication at various government levels.
- Technical support effectively provided with government counterparts in the development and effective use of communication for social development.
- Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and preparation of reports timely and properly undertaken. Findings, experiences, lessons learned, best practices and new methods effectively shared with government officials, programme staff, and other partners.
- Budget properly planned, monitored and controlled, ensuring allocated funds optimally appropriated.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) insocial/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health, Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
- A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
- 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 Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies for this post are:
- Leading and Supervising [ I ]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
- Relating and Networking [ II ]
- Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
- Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
- Entrepreneurial Thinking [ II ]
The technical knowledge required for this post are:
- Knowledge of current developments in the fields of : communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, community organization and participation, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
- Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approach in programme development and implementation in programme communication, social mobilization and behavioural change.
- Knowledge of and experience in emergency operations and management.
- Knowledge of and skills in programme communication networking, advocacy and negotiation.
- Knowledge of training/facilitation and impact evaluation of communication intervention.
- Knowledge and experience to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies. Knowledge of community capacity building.
- Knowledge and experience in the methods of communication to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form and to listen to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views.
- Computer knowledge, skills and practical experience, including internet navigation, network, telecommunications and various office applications.