Partnership Communication Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Geneva, Switzerland

Experience: 5 to 10 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

Under the general guidance of the Communication Manager (Partnership Support) and working closely with team leads within the Communication for Partnerships team, the role will focus on communication support for multi-country and global partnerships which include: designing and driving joint communication plans and frameworks; multi-country coordination for communication planning; partnership communication workshop facilitation; development of communication assets and materials; management of reputational risks through communication strategies; and oversight for the rollout and implementation of these communication assets and strategies across markets. The job entails close collaboration with National Committees, other UNICEF divisions e.g. Supply Division, Division of Global Communication and Advocacy, regional offices, and country offices in mitigating reputational risks, contributes to the prevention of PR crises, and works with internal and external stakeholders to successfully manage response to reputational issues for UNICEF’s private sector financial and non-financial partnerships with business, foundations, high net worth individuals, membership-based and faith-based organizations.

Scope of Work:

The Partnership Communication Specialist will be responsible for, but not limited to:
  • Driving the coordination between national committees, country offices and partners for communication planning and implementation for multi-country partnerships.
  • Developing communication packages e.g. press releases, social media assets, key messages, Q&A documents, talking points etc. for multi-country partnerships, in close collaboration with communication focal points from relevant national committees, regional and country offices.
  • Organizing and facilitating communication workshops/meetings for stakeholders in order to develop partnership communication frameworks and plans.
  • Managing reputational risks relating to partnerships through communication strategies.
  • Overseeing the implementation of agreed communication plans and activities across countries, ensuring global, regional, and national office level alignment between UNICEF and partners.
  • Participating in meetings to facilitate general alignment across workstreams and offices at the global, regional, and national levels.
  • Performing other related tasks which may be assigned by the team. 
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • An advanced university degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, Social Sciences, Arts, or related fields, is required.
  • Alternatively, a first-level university degree, in combination with qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • Minimum of five years progressive experience in the following fields: Communications, Public Relations, Account/Client Management, Sales, Marketing, Fundraising, or Advertising is required.
  • At least two years of experience at international level is desirable. Previous regional or country office experience is an asset.
  • Strong project management experience working across cross-functional environments is desired.
  • Strong experience in working with a diverse group of stakeholders, across cross-cultural markets is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is considered as an asset.