Communication Specialist

UNICEF, Fiji (Pacific Islands) - MCP, Fiji

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st July, 2016

Job Description

Key Expected Results

  • Implement UNICEF Pacific's 2013-2017 Communication and Public Advocacy Strategy to get children's issues into the public domain and strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives. This includes communication landscape scanning and issues analysis, development of monthly plans, implementation and refinement of the 2016 work plan, consultative drafting of the 2017 work plan, strategic mobilisation of resources and involvement in key programme processes. Monitor and evaluate impact of all activities and adjust as needed. Contribute to donor and annual reporting.
  • Close collaboration with, and engagement of, mass media, utilising online and traditional media as appropriate to generate and maintain public interest in children's issues (including in emergency settings) and tell the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience. Includes strategic and context-appropriate advice to the Representative and country programme team on effective media engagement in support of Country Programme objectives. Engage regional personalities and organise special events and activities to support country programme goals. 
  • Generate public support for special events.
  • Oversee and provide technical guidance on the implementation of UNICEF's Communication for Development (C4D) support to Programmes. 
  • This includes working closely with the C4D Officer to prioritise and deliver strategic communication for behaviour and social change initiatives that are evidence-based and tailored to the needs and priorities of target communities.
  • Develop partnerships with individuals, groups and organisations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives, and strengthen their capacity through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to updated information, supplies and equipment and through experience sharing.
  • Adapt and disseminate advocacy materials from NY, Geneva and the Regional Office to identified target audiences, arranging translation into local language(s) as necessary. Identify the need for additional materials/activities, such as radio and television programmes, publications, photographs, websites, etc., to advocate and promote organizational goals within the country, and manage their production and distribution to the target audiences.
  • Assist HQ and the Regional Office in identifying and obtaining feature stories and other material to facilitate global/regional advocacy and fundraising activities, particularly in support of National Committee efforts to mobilise resources.
  • In coordination with the Regional Adviser, Communication, participate in global advocacy activities by planning visits of goodwill ambassadors, National Committee representatives and Executive Board members, including preparation of information materials (e.g. press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits) and necessary logistic arrangements.
  • Support UNICEF Pacific to prepare for, and respond to, humanitarian emergencies, including rapid deployment of Communications resources to emergency-affected countries and communities.
  • Support UNICEF Pacific to manage a period of significant internal change (including the development of a new Multi-Country Programme), with due respect to the importance of internal communication and change management principles.
  • Identify, recruit and supervise technical resources and consultants as necessary for the above activities. 
  • This includes performance planning, monitoring and appraisal, as well as professional development oversight. Plan and monitor the use of communication budgetary resources.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced University Degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations; or equivalent professional work
  • experience in the communication area combined with university degree in a related field.
  • Eight years progressively responsible relevant work experience in communication, print and broadcast media or interactive digital media, four years of which should be in low income countries, and at least two with financial and human resource management responsibilities.
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Knowledge of one or more local working language of the duty station an asset.

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