Job Title: Chief of Communication
Organisation: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Representative
Vacancy No: E-VN-2013-001027
For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Job Summary: The Chief of Communication will be responsible for the conceptualization, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of an advocacy and communication, Private Sector and Youth Engagement and Communication for Development strategy to promote respect for children's and women's rights, and support UNICEF's mission in the country (for large country of $57 million annual throughput, with several zone offices within the country).
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
- Develops a strategy to get children's issues into the public domain and strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives, including communication assessment and analysis, development of a communication plan, strategic use of resources and involvement in key programme processes, especially situation analysis, reviews and evaluations. Monitors and evaluates it's impact. Develops the C4D strategy to support programme communication and strategies to engage private sector and young.
- Develops close collaboration with mass media through activities such as, organizing visits to project sites, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage, and utilizes both web-based and traditional media to generate and maintain public interest in children's issues, and tell the story of UNICEF's cooperation to a wider audience.
- Develops partnerships with various individuals, groups and organizations, whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives, and strengthens their capacity through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to updated information, supplies and equipment and through experience-sharing. Supports UNCT in promoting the concept of One UN in Uganda.
- Adapts and disseminates advocacy materials from NY, Geneva and the Regional Office to identify target audiences, arranging translations into local language(s) as necessary. Identifies 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 manages their production and distribution to the target audiences.
- Engages nationally known personalities and organizes special events and activities to support country programme goals. Generates public support for special events.
- Assists HQ and the Regional Office and in identifying and obtaining feature stories and other materials to facilitate global/regional advocacy and fund-raising activities, particularly in support of National Committee efforts to mobilize resources.
- Identifies, recruits and supervises technical resources and consultants as necessary for the above activities.
- Advises the Representative and the country programme team on the effective use of tools of mass communication, including press briefings and conferences and media interviews, to achieve country programme objectives.
- In coordination with the Regional Adviser, Communication, participates 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.
- Develops a work plan for communication activities, monitors compliance and provides support and guidance to ensure objectives are met. This includes performance planning,monitoring and appraisal. Plans and monitors the use of communication budgetary resources.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
- An advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area combined with an advanced university degree in a related field.
- Ten (10) years relevant work experience in communication, print and broadcast media or interactive digital media, six years of which should be in developing countries, and four at the management level.
- Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
- A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
- Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
- Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget.
- Possess a high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching.
- Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization’s future potential.
- Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.
- Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups. Actively nurtures good relationships with people across all organizational levels and boundaries, and with government leaders and stakeholders.
- Negotiates effectively with people inside and outside the organization by adopting a range of approaches.
- Anticipates and actively monitors long term local and global developments, constantly seeking new opportunities for advancing UNICEF's mission.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
How to Apply:
If interested in working with UNICEF as their Chief of Communication, Please Apply via the website by clicking on the link below;
Deadline: 19th June, 2013
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