Communications Specialist at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

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JOB TITLE: Communications Specialist

JOB LOCATION: Abuja (NGA)

JOB DETAILS:
Host entity: UNWomen
Start date: Immediate

Duration: 6 months

Description of Task
Lead the development and implementation of communication and outreach / advocacy strategies and plans, with a specific focus on media:

  • Conduct communication needs assessments for the CO, including projects, programmes and corporate change initiatives;
  • Design, develop, and implement gender-responsive communication and outreach / advocacy strategies, including media strategies;
  • Integrate communication, advocacy and outreach strategies into proposals for project/programmes and other initiatives;
  • Monitor and analyze print and social media on an ongoing basis and prepare reports;
  • Launch in-country UN Women / UN system corporate and local / regional campaigns and special events.

Lead the development and dissemination of advocacy materials for Nigeria CO:

  • Develop and oversee the procurement and production of communication and advocacy instruments and materials, including briefing materials, press releases, and articles and coordinate its dissemination through effective channels;
  • Provide advice on advocacy materials and coordinate the launching of flagship initiatives and publications in Nigeria;
  • Lead the engagement and supervision of video producers and other communication specialists to produce audio / visual materials on UN Women’s work;
  • Develop brochures, factsheets, stories from the field to inform media and general public at the regional level;
  • Follow guidelines from and report to HQ.

Manage media relations for the CO:

  • Manage and promote presence and image of UN Women and its leadership in the country
  • Lead relationship building with the press in country and maintain and update a database of press contacts;
  • Provide timely and clear responses to media inquiries and to a variety of inquiries and information requests; prepare related correspondence; identify topics, background information, news-related developments and coverage of interest;
  • Organize roundtable discussions, press conferences, and briefing sessions with the press and other media groups;
  • Facilitate interviews with senior managers; connect media with UN Women subject experts;
  • Finalize talking points to guide media engagements by the Country Representative

Build and maintain partnerships and maintain relations with donors:

  • Identify and develop new communication partnerships and alliances to enhance visibility; manage and nurture existing partnerships;
  • Liaise with advocacy partners and undertake outreach to civil society organizations, governments, and other groups to ensure that newsworthy information reaches the public and donors;
  • Guide and collaborate closely with communication colleagues in other offices to ensure consistency with corporate policies, messaging and initiatives

Oversee the CO web / online presence:

  • Oversee and maintain CO webpage / website, including developing design and content;
  • Coordinate COs’ web-presence in the line with corporate web policy;
  • Oversee and manage social media accounts in line with corporate social media policy.

Facilitate knowledge building and sharing:

  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learned from CO directly linked to programme country goals and activities and ensure exchange of information;
  • Provide training and workshops on communication and advocacy as appropriate

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent

Education – Additional Comments:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or relevant field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Required experience:

  • 60 Months

Experience remark:

  • At least 5 years of professional work experience at national or international level in public relations, communications or advocacy, including in media relations;

Eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Language skills:

  • English (Mandatory), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise:

  • Public information and reporting, Journalism, mass media and broadcasting

Area of expertise details:

  • Extensive experience in the use of social media;
  • Experience in media relations is an asset.

Driving license:

  • No

Competencies values:

  • Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams


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Deadline: December 20, 2020

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