Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Key Expected Results
- Advocacy support and Communication strategy: There is a highly effective advocacy support and communication strategy in place to strengthen political will for children in Viet Nam, and to ensure consistent high visibility for children's issues into the public domain within the UN's broader communication and advocacy agenda. This includes delivery of a targeted strategy to further UNICEF's mission and objectives, and to enhance the organization's credibility and brand within the Delivering as One Initiative. Technical support is provided to the UN Communications Manager in the overall planning, implementation, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of UN-wide 'Delivering as One' as well as UNICEF specific communication and advocacy agenda's.
- Media relations: The UN Communications team/Viet Nam UNICEF Country Office have 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 the UN, and UNICEF's cooperation.
- Networking and partnerships: The UN Communication Team/Viet Nam UNICEF Country Office have a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora whose support is essential in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives for children in Viet Nam. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.
- Celebrities and special events: The UN Communications Team/Viet Nam UNICEF Country Office have a well maintained and continually developed contact list of appropriate, nationally-known personalities to advocate for children who have been identified, engaged and support the UN and UNICEF's effort and who actively participate in special events and activities.
- Global priorities and campaigns: The UN Communications Team/Viet Nam UNICEF Country Office have an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UN and UNICEF's global communications priorities for children, 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: Oversight and management to the work of the Advocacy, Media & External relations team, within the UN Communication Team, is provided in close consultation with the other Liaison Officers and under the overall guidance of the UN Communications Manager. Human resources (the UNICEF communication section) 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 UN/UNICEF communication strategies 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 UNICEF Representative, country programme team, and UNCT are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of strategic communication for children as required.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations.*
- Eight years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media at international and/or national work experience
- Field work and background/familiarity with emergency situations experience an asset.
- Experience working in the One UN context and Delivering as One (DAO) an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) and/or the local language of the duty station is considered an asset.
- *A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and additional 2 years of relevant experience in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
- Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
- Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
- Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
- Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
- Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
- Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
- Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
- Seeks and proposes opportunities for advancing UNICEF's mission.