15 June 2017

Fresher Communications Officer UN Jobs - United Nations Women (UNW)

Job Title:         Communications Officer
Organization: United Nations Women (UNW)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Communication and Advocacy Specialist

About US:
The UN 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system-wide efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and coherent leadership and technical advice in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will primarily ensure effective execution of activities which will contribute to communication capacity and visibility of UN women's work in Uganda. Specifically, the National UN Volunteer is expected to support the work of the UN Women in Kampala and in the field focusing on implementation of UN Women communication and advocacy strategy.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Technical Support:
  • Work closely with the Operations / Communications team to organize special events and execute UN Women communication campaigns
  • Help with media monitoring and preparation of media monitoring report.
  • Work closely with the communication team to organize and hold press conferences and media briefings.
  • Support the communication team to produce newsletters, briefs, brochures and other print materials on a regular basis
  • Research and write articles for the national and regional newsletters.
  • Support  the  communications  team  to  produce  content  for  UN Women  websites  and social media channels
  • Attend all staff meetings and retreats in Kampala and provide support to the Advocacy and Communication Specialist as requested.
Partnerships and Coordination:
  • Handle queries of press, invited guests and interested individuals during pre-during-and post events.
  • Work closely with the UN Women Partners and document key activities supported by the Country Of­fice.
  • Attend UNCG meetings and participate in UNCG joint activities
  • Other related duties as required. Communications and Advocacy
  • Preparing conference/event   information folders, including the agenda, printing of presentations and other documents and ensure all are ready in advance of the event
  • Ensure UN Women branding guidelines are adhered to by staff and partners.
  • Assist programme staff to develop communication and advocacy materials.
  • Work closely with communications colleagues to promote the events, including sending out electronic announcements, contributing to the development of banners, advertisements,  etc.
  • Arrange displays and exhibitions of UN Women work in Uganda
  • Liaise with Operations team and venue to ensure all equipment are set up in advance (i.e. sound system, projector, banners, etc.) and removed after the event.
  • Assist in development of knowledge management products.
Media Relations:
  • Establish a contact list of media personnel specializing on gender and women empowerment
  • Support the preparations of press releases and media advisories
  • Assist in organization of press conferences and briefings
  • Preparation of press kits and other information for publicity in the media.
Other UN Volunteer Duties:
  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD)
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participa­tion in ongoing reflection activities;
  • Contribute articles/write-ups  on field experiences  and submit them for UNV publications/web­sites, newsletters, press releases, etc.:
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage  relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations UN WOMEN Communications Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/ journalism
  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in the medial communications
  • Computer literacy skills with proficiency in office software packages (MS word, excel etc.) and knowledge of desktop publishing packages,
  • Previous experience in producing print communication materials.
  • Prior experience in media/public relations
  • Experience in handling social media communications.
  • Proficiency in English both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of the local Uganda languages is an asset.
  • Personal Competencies: Communication, Creativity, Integrity, Ethics and Value, Respect for diversity, Working in team

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations Women (UN Women) in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.

Deadline: 19th June 2017

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