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Working with the Chief, Advocacy and Communication, you will be accountable for developing, managing, co-ordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring advocacy strategies and associated products and activities on on-going basis with public audiences and non-financial supporters, as well as supporting the country office efforts to leverage private sector resources, including financial resources, innovation, strategic procurement and influencing policies and practices. These two areas are with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF’s mission, geared towards achieving advocacy impact in alignment with programme outcomes in the country office, and in a coordinated manner with regional and global advocacy priorities.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Advocacy strategy: The Country Office has a clear advocacy strategy and associated work plan to get children’s issues into the public domain, strengthen and expand supporter engagement, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.
2. Supporter Engagement: The Country Office has a clear non-financial supporter engagement plan, with success indicators and targets clearly defined in alignment with advocacy targets and campaigns, and audiences segmented, journeys designed, and activities and content developed and executed accordingly.
3. Networking and partnerships: The Country Office has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.
4. Private sector engagement: Support the communication and advocacy aspects of current and future private sector partnerships, in order to generate more shared value through innovation with the private sector and co-creation, through content development, advocacy, networking and partnership building
5. National/regional/global priorities and campaigns: The Country Office has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF’s national and global communications priorities, campaigns and partnerships, disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way in alignment with the CO’s national advocacy priorities.
6. Management: Human resources (the advocacy team under the communication section) and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring) are both effectively managed and optimally used.
7. Monitoring and evaluation: Advocacy and Communication baselines (including for non-financial supporter engagement) are established against which the achievement of objectives of the advocacy strategy are regularly evaluated; analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of communication strategy and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared.
8. Capacity building and support: The country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of advocacy and private sector required.
– Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in advocacy, supporter engagement in the non-profit sector (e.g. mobilizing and engaging supporters such as volunteers, advocates, young people), communication.
– Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, or social science.
(Or an undergraduate degree plus at least 2 additional years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations, marketing, advocacy or corporate communications.)
– Fluency in English and another UN language.
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…
– Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
– Works Collaboratively with others (1)
– Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
– Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
– Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
– Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
– Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)Recruitment Qualifications
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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