United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Job no: 555798
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Port-Vila
Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries
Categories: Communication, Social and Behavior Change
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, a voice
In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada.
UNICEF field offices are established in FSM, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands to support the multi-country programme in the Pacific region. This Communication, Social and Behaviour Change Officer post will be based in Vanuatu Field Office to support the team on social and behaviour change, communication and advocacy activities.
How can you make a difference?
The Communication & SBC Officer reports to the Chief of Field Office Vanuatu with a second reporting line to the Chief SBC & Chief Communications based in Suva, Fiji for technical supervision and guidance.
There are two key areas of the role:
- Provide technical and operational support on Social Behaviour Change activities in Vanuatu by administering, executing and implementing a variety of tasks to promote community engagement and participation, and measurable behavioural and social change/mobilization.
- Assist in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating an advocacy and communication strategy to get children’s and women’s issues into the public domain in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives in Vanuatu, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Support the UNICEF Pacific communication, advocacy and social and behaviour change strategies at the country level
- Advocacy, media management and partnership building
- Capacity building and systems strengthening initiatives
- Innovation, Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge management
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A university degree in one of the following fields or relevant experience is required: social and behavioural science, sociology, communication, journalism, public relations or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of two years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication for development, communication, print and broadcast media, social development programme planning, advocacy or another related area.
- Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates are encouraged to apply.
UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
The Vacancy Announcement is open to all (internal and external candidates)
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
Advertised: 04 Oct 2022 Fiji Standard Time
Deadline: 18 Oct 2022 Fiji Standard Time
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