Unicef Communication Specialist - Jobs in South Sudan

Unicef Communication Specialist - Jobs in South Sudan

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 future.

UNICEF South Sudan faces a complex operating environment, with challenges related to conflict and lack of infrastructure. Our work is focused on lifesaving needs, tackling issues such as acute malnutrition, high infant mortality rates and the use of children by armed groups.

We are also continuing with regular programming, such as providing routine and supplementary immunization services, safe drinking water, access to sanitation, education and strengthening early childhood development.


  • Accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF's mission, priorities and programmes in the country office/regional office/media hub, and at a global level and those of the UN Country Team.

    Communication Strategy:

  • UNICEF’s rights- and results-based programming approach is appropriately reflected in the communication strategy, work plan and products.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination.

    Media relations:

  • Promote a better understanding of, respect and support for children's and women's rights and issues by carrying out media, information and education activities in support of UNICEF-assisted development programmes or humanitarian efforts in the country.
  • Maintain and update media relations contact list/database.
  • Establish, document, review and refine process of communicating with media contacts, including press releases, events, issuing of media materials etc.
  • Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media, National Committees, NGOs, the field and other appropriate audiences.
  • Identify, develop, distribute and evaluate variety of media materials in multiple, appropriate formats.
  • Ensure or enhance the quality, appropriateness of country specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages transmitted to the press, partners and public.

    Resource mobilization and support:

  • Mobilize country office communication capacity to support/facilitate the gathering of content and coverage of relevant country efforts.
  • Use the opportunity to identify/highlight effective programme activities and results in support of fund-raising.
  • Mobilize resources for fund-raising support by regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in regional offices and headquarters divisions.

    Global priorities and campaigns:

  • Support UNICEF’s global communications objectives and
    strategies through the development of complementary country specific and local community materials and activities.
  • Ensure regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in regional offices and headquarters divisions.

    Special events:

  • Participate in global advocacy activities by planning visits of Goodwill Ambassadors, National Committee representatives, Executive Board members etc. including preparing information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and necessary logistic arrangements.
  • Highlight the achievements of the country programme.
  • Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination.

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in communication, journalism, public relations.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.
  • Experience of working internationally and in an emergency context are considered assets.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in
  • Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


    The competencies required for this post are:

    Core Values:

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

    Core Competencies:

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

    Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising I
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts II
  • Relating and Networking II
  • Persuading and Influencing II
  • Applying Technical Expertise II
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking II

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 25th June 2019
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Unicef Communication Specialist - Jobs in South Sudan

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