Communication Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Islamabad, Pakistan

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

Accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF's mission, priorities and programmes in the country office, and at a global level and those of the UN Country Team. The role aims to strengthen UNICEF’s positioning and partnerships by bringing donors closer to our work for children, helping to develop new and existing partnerships, and ultimately drive stronger results for children in Pakistan. Key strategic areas for work not limited to below but include following:
Communication strategy:
  • Ensure that the Country Office has a clear communication strategy and associated work plan to support the country programme objectives and 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.
Partnership Communication:
  • Ensure that the Country Office has a clear partnership communication strategy and associated work plan to support the country programme objectives and strengthen visibility and awareness of partners’ contributions and joint programmatic achievements.
Media relations:
  • Ensure that the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web 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 to a wider audience.
Networking and partnerships:
  • Ensure that the Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives of the communication strategy.
Global priorities and campaigns:
  • In addition to local/national campaigns, ensure that the Country Office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF’s global communications priorities and campaigns, both disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way, as well as providing/enabling coverage of the work in the country for global use.
Resource mobilization support:
  • Ensure that global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities.
Capacity building and support:
  • Ensure that the Representative/Senior or Regional Communication Officer and the country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of external relations communication as required; opportunities are identified and addressed for building communication capacity among country communication team, media and other relevant partners.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations.
  • (*A first University combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • International and national work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.