Organization: UN Children’s Fund
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 Fair Chance
UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.
Unicef has a field office in Cotabato City the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms.
Visit this link for more information on Philippine Country Office: https://www.unicef.org/philippines/
How can you make a difference?
The Communication Officer will report directly to the Chief of Communication and will be responsible for providing advocacy support to key UNICEF programme priorities. This involves coordination with all programme sections and with government and NGO partners, providing strategic support for key advocacy goals. The role includes general communication work such as writing, editing, content generation, organizing high profile visits and assisting with key advocacy events and meetings.
This will involve:
1. Communication and Advocacy
- Work with communication and programmes to accomplish advocacy priorities for the year, including Violence Against Children, First 1000 Days and Peacebuilding Advocacy Strategies.
- Translate strategy into implementation and actions to keep children’s issues high on the public domain and visible on media’s agenda.
- Employ Advocacy to strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand. Keep abreast of the global advocacy-communication priorities campaigns and partnerships UNICEF Philippines works with. Plan observance and implement key global priorities in a relevant and locally-appropriate way.
- Lead priority advocacy initiatives, including the UNICEF@70 commemoration, the Situation Analysis for Children launch and the Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence Against Children Campaign.
- Recognize that effectiveness of Public Advocacy relies on building strategies alliance with key actors and stakeholders and invest in appropriate action. Link up also with UN Country Communication team and UN Country Team and counterparts keeping in view One UN-One Voice aspects of Public Advocacy.
- UNICEF Philippines mobilizes private sector funding in-country within the larger framework of global resource mobilization, public advocacy initiatives are designed in alignment with and to support resource mobilization.
2. Media Relations
- Working with the team and the Media Officer, maximize advocacy and partnership opportunities with print and broadcast media. Maintain and update media relations contact list/database. Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media.
- Capitalize and expand on the media partnership. Advise programmes and country team on appropriate advocacy strategy and engagement. Assist in collaborating with the media through activities such as organizing project site visits, facilitating video coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.
- Assist in developing/maintaining close collaboration with mass media, and with groups and organizations essential to achieve advocacy and communication objectives.
- Draft and edit articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials in all media formats, as appropriate.
- Prepare background communication and promotional materials for briefing and visits of media and other special interest groups. Assist in planning logistics and administrative arrangements.
3. Monitoring and Evaluation
- Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of coverage (clippings, coverage etc.)
- Establish Public Advocacy baselines to measure reach and effectiveness of activities, to make adjustments and refine. Regularly evaluate the progress against baseline and objectives of the communication strategy both for planning and reporting updates; based on thorough understanding of the KPI framework analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of public advocacy strategy and roll out; results and reports are prepared and shared.
- Monitor and evaluate the appropriate and timely dissemination of advocacy and communication materials to target audiences, and participate in the evaluation of their impact. Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of coverage (clippings, coverage etc.).
- Monitor public perception of UNICEF in the country and recommend appropriate action to maintain a positive image for the organization.
- Assist in providing feedback to DOC on the use and appropriateness of global communication materials such as publications, images and multimedia products.
- Ensure good quality data collection, analysis and evaluation and reporting to ensure effective communication strategies, planning and effective and efficient advocacy.
- Undertake lessons learned review of successful and unsuccessful communication experiences as directed by supervisor.
4. Celebrities, Partners and Special Events
- Engage UNICEF’s national and international Goodwill Ambassadors, Special Advocates, Celebrity Supporters to the advantage of pitching public advocacy agenda and messages.
- Help organize and generate public support for special events and activities to promote country programme goals.
- Assist in developing and maintaining close collaboration with mass media, as well as with groups and organizations whose support is essential to the achievement of advocacy and communication objectives.
- Maintain and update celebrity and partner contact lists/database for country office.
- Monitor/document process and effectiveness of working with these individuals/organizations.
- Prepare background communication and promotional materials for briefings and visits of media, Goodwill Ambassadors, donors, National Committee representatives and other special interest groups. The task includes preparing information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and assisting in the planning, logistics and administrative arrangements.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- University degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or other related disciplines.
- Minimum offive years of practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.
- Field work experience.
- Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.
- Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
COMMON TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
- Communication practice, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
- Fundamentals of working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
- Computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
- United Nations or other international organizations; good understanding of world affairs, current events and international development issues
- Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current UNCEF position and approaches.
- UNICEF communication goals, visions, positions, policies, guidelines and strategies.
- UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, including emergencies.
- UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies and approaches, including emergency preparedness.
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 technical competencies required for this post are
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts (I)
- Persuading and Influencing (I)
- Learning and Researching (II)
- Relating and Networking (I)
- Applying Technical Expertise (I)
- Planning and organizing (II)
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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.
How to apply:
Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/by 5 October 2018. Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under Job Number: 516391will be considered.
All candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, and the duly filled P 11 form which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc indicating three (3) previous supervisors.
By applying through our Talent Management System (TMS) you agree to our privacy statement which is in line with the Philippines’ Data Privacy Act. You are strongly advised to read carefully through the privacy statement before submitting your application.
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.
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 link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=516391