United Nations UN WOMEN Career Jobs – Communications and Advocacy Specialist

Organization: UN WOMEN
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Representative
Post Level: NO-C
About US:
Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the
United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and
girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women
and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights,
humanitarian action and peace and security.
Job Summary: The Communications and Advocacy Specialist will be
in charge of implementing the corporate communications strategy, designs,
manages and facilitates the implementation of the Country Office
communications, advocacy campaigns, and publication strategies with a view to
influencing the development agenda, to promote public and media outreach and to
mobilize political and financial support for UN Women. The Communications and
Advocacy Specialist supervises and leads the communications activities of staff
of the country office and has a strong regular working relationship with the
Regional Communications team. The Communications and Advocacy Specialist also
works in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations teams in the
Country Office, UN Communication Team in Uganda, UN Women HQ Communications
team, government and CSO partners in Uganda, and international and local media,
ensuring successful UN Women communication strategy implementation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Plan and design
strategies for communications and outreach: 
  • Plan and execute communications needs
    assessments for CO such as projects, country programme and corporate
    change initiatives, as necessary;
  • Develop the CO communications and outreach
    strategy based on the corporate communications strategy, including
    advocacy campaigns;
  • Offer technical advice on inclusion of
    communications components in programme formulation to integrate advocacy
    and communication strategies into all aspects of UN Women’s development
  • Develop and maintain close contacts with
    government officials, multilateral and bilateral donors, civil society and
    private sector for implementation of the communications strategy,
    organization of roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing
    sessions, interviews, and launches.
2. Create and promote
campaigns and activities:
  • Create and promote campaigns to local media
    that position UN Women and influence the development agenda based on
    current programmes and new initiatives;
  • Create, promote and maintain public
    information campaigns on UN Women activities, results of the Commission on
    the Status of Women, CEDAW reports, and others in association with program
  • Represent UN Women in the UN Communication
    Group for implementation of joint UN information campaigns.
  • Manage, promote and disseminate corporate
    advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications for
    campaigns and UN days;
  • Create and implement promotional activities
    to position UN Women as a leader on Gender Equality and Women’s
    Empowerment within the development space;
3. Design and implement
the CO publications strategy and plan:
  • Develop and implement the CO publications
    strategy and plan based on the corporate publications policy;
  • Identify and develop storylines for
    publications and substantive articles for local media, contribute to
    debates on key development issues;
  • Coordinate and manage of all CO publication
    activities, including content management, norms for publishing, design,
    liaison with printers and other suppliers to oversee production and
    supervision of publications dissemination.
4. Design and maintain UN
Women Uganda web presence including social media:
  • Supervise and prepare the content for the web
    sites and social media;
  • Design the office external web sites and
    social media engagements based on corporate requirements in cooperation
    with the ICT staff.
  • Maintain media and press contacts and serve
    as public information focal point:
  • Develop and maintain regular media contacts
    and provide newsworthy information to the national public and donors;
  • Ensure access for journalists to subject
    matter experts, including regular coverage of UN Women program activities
    by media (print, radio and television);
  • Send responses to inquiries for public
    information materials;
  • Provide innovative and creative solutions to
    sensitive or corporately strategic public communications issues;
5. Ensures facilitation
of knowledge building and management:
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and
    lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities;
  • Keenly monitor practices, and
    project-specific news and developments;
  • Organize and provide training, consultancy
    and advice to UN Women staff on communications.
6. Provide communications
support to resource mobilization:
  • Provide input to the UN Women Quarterly and
    Annual Progress Reports and programmatic donor reports;
  • Format, package and submit programme
    initiatives for donor review in close collaboration with programme staff;
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the United Nations UN WOMEN
    Communications and Advocacy Specialist job opportunity should hold a
    Master’s degree in communications, media relations, journalism, public
    relations, business development, international development, or other
    related humanities or social sciences degrees.
  • At least five years of related experience at
    the national or international level in public relations, communications,
    advocacy, campaigning or international development;
  • Significant experience with a multilateral or
    international organization is helpful but not mandatory;
  • Previous exposure and experience in the usage
    of computers and office software package including Powerpoint, Publisher,
    Adobe CS, or other publication design software, good knowledge and
    experience in handling of web-based management systems, including social
    media platforms;
  • Specific training in media relations,
    photography or creative writing would be an asset;
  • Experience in public speaking and/or event
    management would also be an asset.
  • Language: Fluency in English and one or more
    local languages at the duty station.
Personal Competencies:
Core values:
  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding
    and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line
    with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence
    and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Respect for Diversity:
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the
      multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
    • Demonstrate an international
      outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural
Core Competencies:
  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and promote ethics and
    integrity by creating organizational precedents.
  • Organizational Awareness: Build support for the organization
    and ensure political acumen.
  • Development and Innovation: Support
    staff competence development, and contribute to an environment of
    creativity and innovation
  • Work in teams: Build and promote effective teams.
    Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment
    and to maintain effective working relations with people of different
    national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communication and Information Sharing: Create
    and promote an environment for open and effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay
    composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations
    with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them
    proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing
    energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Share
    knowledge across the organization and build a culture of knowledge sharing
    and learning.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Ensure
    fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk.
  • Ability to elaborate and implement
    communications and publications strategies;
  • Ability to develop and manage media
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and
  • Proven networking skills, and ability to
    generate interest in UN Women’s mandate;
  • Strong multi-tasking skills;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Focuses on impact and results for the client;
  • Interact effectively with all levels of the
    organization, including senior management;
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships
    with partners;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
How to Apply: 
interested in joining the UN WOMEN in the aforementioned capacity, please click
on link below to visit website and create profile or express interest if you
already have a profile on the UN system
Deadline: 8th March 2016
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