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, effective advocates
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in advocacy, in programmes, and in operations. UNICEF delivers change through the collective efforts of headquarters, regional and country offices by advocating for high-quality programmes at scale, harnessing innovation and collecting evidence, in partnership with Governments, other United Nations partners, civil society, the private sector, communities and children. It uses these strategies to leverage wider change nationally and globally through advocacy, communications and campaigning. UNICEF also wins the support of decision makers and the public around the world to drive change, volunteer, advocate and mobilize resources for the cause of children, and works with partners to achieve an even greater impact.
How can you make a difference?
In supporting HQ, Regional and Country Offices to translate that commitment, the Division of Communication (DOC) serves as the global centre of excellence in advocacy, communication and brand. By coalescing our collective efforts, UNICEF aims to be the leading advocate for children, enabled by a cohort of networked, strategic, innovative, and effective advocates who deliver change for children in every part of the world.
The DOC’s Advocacy Sectionhas three core objectives:
- To collaboratively develop, strengthen and implement advocacy, campaignsand communications strategies, with robust monitoring and evaluation, on advocacy priorities.
- To build and strengthen strategic partnerships for advocacy – with Goodwill Ambassadors, civil society, influencers and other actors, and ensure strategic approach to deploying these partners to increase our advocacy impact.
- To develop and implement clear plan to build advocacy capacity in Country Offices.
Purpose of the job:
The position will work closely with the Chief of Advocacy to:
- Ensure the development of robust advocacy strategies across UNICEF’s global advocacy priorities,
- Provide strategic support to the Global Advocacy Taskforce, helping UNICEF Âalign behind clear global advocacy priorities and driving the implementation of these priorities across UNICEF HQ and relevant Country and Regional Offices.
- Play a critical role in implementing the Advocacy Capacity Building Initiative, which aims to ensure staff at all levels understand and champion the central role that advocacy plays in realizing UNICEF’s mandate, and are equipped to develop, lead and implement integrated advocacy strategies that accelerate results for children.
Key functions/accountabilities: The staff member is accountable for:
This staff member is accountable for driving robust, integrated and strategic advocacy across UNICEF HQ and key UNICEF Country Offices.
Advocacy Strategy Development:
- Provide strategic guidance to UNICEF’s global campaign teams. Support the development of campaign strategies that align global, regional and national advocacy behind clear change objectives for children.
- Provide strategic guidance to the Advocacy Section’s thematic teams, ensuring work across the section is aligned behind robust, integrated advocacy strategies that deliver clear change for children.
- Work with the Chief of Advocacy to communicate these strategies to senior leaders across UNICEF and to leverage support from other teams as required.
- Work with global campaign and thematic advocacy teams to monitor and evaluate advocacy success and to enable convergence.
Global Advocacy Taskforce and Global Advocacy Framework
- Provide strategic support to the Global Advocacy Taskforce – UNICEF’s decision-making body on global advocacy. The Taskforce is the inter-divisional mechanism with responsibility for operationalizing the Global Advocacy Framework. The Framework outlines the process for identifying a small number of clear, global advocacy priorities and the need to mobilize an organization-wide advocacy effort, in addition to highlighting organizational challenges that will undermine our ability to become the leading advocate for children.
- Support the Chief of Advocacy in running the Global Advocacy Taskforce, with strategic oversight of meeting agendas to ensure clear and tangible outcomes, whilst maintaining support from key internal decision makers and alignment behind integrated plans.
- Drive the implementation of the Global Advocacy Framework and the agreed advocacy priorities that will emerge from the Global Advocacy Taskforce.
Advocacy Capacity Building Initiative
- Support the ongoing strategic development of the Advocacy Capacity Building Initiative, UNICEFâ€™s drive to sharpen the advocacy and communication impact of Country Offices.
- Support the delivery of key workstreams underneath the Advocacy Capacity Building Initiative, including but not limited to regular engagement with Regional and Country Offices and support for innovative advocacy products.
- Support the monitoring and evaluation, of the Advocacy Capacity Building Initiative.
Undertake other key responsibilities to support the performance and impact of the Advocacy Section as required.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree (Masters) in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Policy, Political Science International Relations, International Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics or other relevant fields.
- A first level university degree (Bachelorâ€™s) in a relevant field, in conjunction withseven (7) years of relevant work experience in advocacy, communications, public relations, campaigning or a related field may be taken in lieu of a Masterâ€™s degree.
- At least five (5) years experience in advocacy and campaign strategy development and execution, preferably on both a global and national level.
- Experience in developing clear theories of change, with specific, measurable and time-bound objectives and performance indicators.
- Experience in strategic public engagement activity, based on an understanding of the target audience.
- Strong track record in writing engaging campaign narratives and delivering creative campaign tactics.
- Demonstrated experience in design and management of projects, including budget management and monitoring of results.
- Experience in operating independently at a senior level and in providing expert advice and support on advocacy and campaigns.
- Knowledge of international development, humanitarian issues and children’s rights.
- Experience working for an advocacy or campaigning organization e.g. international or national NGO, UN or other multilateral organization is an asset.
- Experience in training and facilitation is an asset.
- Experience working in a developing and emergency environment is an asset.
- Fluency in English (both written and verbal) is required.
- Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrateUNICEF’score valuesof Commitment, Diversity, and Integrity andcore competenciesin Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.
Thefunctional competenciesrequired for this post are…
- Leading and Supervising [ I ]
- Relating and Networking [ II ]
- Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
- Persuading and Influencing [ II ]ÂÂ Â
- Entrepreneurial thinking [ II ]
View our competency framework athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
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.
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.
How to apply
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=531414