Communication Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Kabul, Afghanistan

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

The position is Accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing, and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on an ongoing 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.
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks:
  • Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results.
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.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Develop, maintain, and update the country's advocacy and communication strategy and associated work plan. Strategy and work plan includes an environmental and stakeholder assessment; objectives; target audiences; messages and media mix; resources; specific actions, activities, and products; monitoring and evaluation of impact; success and opportunity for improvement; and ongoing refinement of the strategy.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination.
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.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Promote a better understanding of, respect, and support for children's and women's rights and issues by carrying out media, information, and education activities in support of UNICEF-assisted development programmes or humanitarian efforts in the country.
  • Develop, maintain and update media relations contact list/database.
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.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Develop, maintain, and update partners contact list/database.
  • Help establish, document, review, and refine the process of working collaboratively with partners, including meetings, joint projects, information sharing, etc.
4. Celebrities and special events:

Ensure that the Country Office 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 that support country programme goals.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Develop, maintain, and update celebrities contact list/database.
  • Help establish, document, review, and refine the process of working with celebrities, including special events, media opportunities, field trips, etc.
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.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Support the UNICEF global communications objectives and strategies through the development of complementary country-specific and local community materials and activities. The work plan should anticipate the inclusion of work on global priorities and campaigns.
  • Ensure regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in regional offices and headquarters divisions.
Resource mobilization support:
  • Ensure that global and country-level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategies and activities.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Mobilize country office communication capacity to support/facilitate the gathering of content and coverage of relevant country efforts. Use the opportunity to identify/highlight effective programme activities and results in support of fund-raising.
  • Mobilize resources for fund-raising support by regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in regional offices and headquarters divisions.
  • Ensure that human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management, and monitoring) are both effectively managed and optimally used.

Duties & Tasks:
  • Develop a work plan for communication activities, monitor compliance, and provide support and guidance to ensure objectives are met.
  • Ensure communication effectiveness, efficiency and delivery as well as a rigorous and transparent approach to planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Monitoring and evaluation:
  • Ensure that 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, approach, and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Provide technical support to ensure that a set of communication performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary and that these communication indicators are incorporated or fed forwarded in the Annual Management Plan, Annual Work Plan, etc.
  • Conduct timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation activities to ensure the communications objectives are met and the strategy is effective.
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 the country communication team, media, and other relevant partners.

Duties & Tasks:
  • Advise UNICEF management, colleagues, and staff on media strategy and implications for action and policies proposed.
  • Assist the Programme Communication Officer in the development of communication tools and/or strategies.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations, or corporate communications.
  • Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • Alternatively, a first University combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Work experience in polio communication is an asset.
  • Fieldwork experience and/or background in Emergency situations is an asset. 
  • Fluency in English and Dari/Pashto is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset