Afghanistan: Communication Officer (Social Media), NOA Level, Fixed Term Appointment – Kabul, Afghanistan (Only for Afghan Nationals)

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 26 Oct 2017

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

Assists in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating an advocacy and communication strategy to get children’s and women’s issues into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives in the country, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.

KEY END-RESULTS

  • Communication strategy: The production of communication products and materials are timely executed and followed up to support country communication strategy, regional and global campaigns and priorities, and to support resource mobilization as set out in the work plan.
  • Media relations: Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – in the country, to communicate the story of UNICEF’s cooperation to a wider audience.
  • Monitoring and evaluation: Regular monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts. Results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.
  • Celebrities, partners and special events: The Country Office’s contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), is maintained and further developed, whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives and who support and are able to actively participate in special events and activities that further the country programme goals.
  • KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS

    Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results.

    1. Communication materials

    Ensure that the production of communication products and materials is timely executed and followed up to support country communication strategy, regional and global campaigns and priorities and to support resource mobilization as set out in the work plan.

    Duties & Tasks

  • Implement the tasks in the country communication work plan and strategy as assigned.
  • Gather content and coverage of relevant country efforts to identify effective relevant country programme activities and results. Develop complementary, country specific and local community materials and activities.
  • Support the production of communication materials (e.g. briefing notes, images, video, Web pages etc.) that meet the country and global standards as set out in the Communication Toolkit.
  • Assist in drafting and editing articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials for both web-based and traditional media, as appropriate.
  • Follow up on the production of advocacy and communication materials (e.g., films, videos, audio-visuals, etc.), and oversee the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translations, reviews of layout and graphic design etc.) to meet standards as set out in the Communication Toolkit.
  • Maintain an up-to-date documentation centre for communication materials including publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
  • Recommend appropriate information and communication materials for use in media, and other advocacy and communication activities;
  • Recommend established contacts, networks, resources and processes to support communication activities.
  • 2. Media relations

    Effective and timely professional assistance and support are provided in developing, drafting and maintaining contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – in the country, to communicate the story of UNICEF’s cooperation to a wider audience.

    Duties & Tasks

  • Maintain and update media relations contact list/database. Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media.
  • 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.
  • Assist in drafting and editing 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 the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for them.
  • Assist in collaborating with the media through activities such as organizing project site visits, facilitating photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.
  • Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of coverage (clippings, coverage etc.)
  • 3. Monitoring and evaluation

    Regular monitoring and evaluation activities are undertaken according to the work plan to ensure maximum impact and continuous improvement of country communication efforts. Ensure results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.

    Duties & Tasks

  • Assist in coordinating appropriate audience research and compiling and analysing relevant data.
  • 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 the 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

    Ensure that the Country Office’s contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), are maintained and further developed, whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives and who support and are able to actively participate in special events and activities that further the country programme goals.

    Duties & Tasks

  • 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.
  • QUALIFICATION and COMPETENCIES:

    Education

    University degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field is required.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of one year practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.

    Field work experience and background/familiarity with Emergency situations would be an asset.

    Language Proficiency

    Fluency in English, Dari and/or Pashto languages is required.

    Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)

    Core Values (Required)

    Commitment • Diversity and Inclusion • Integrity

    Core Competencies (Required)

    • Communication [ II ] • Working with People [ I ] • Drive for Results [ I ]

    Functional Competencies (Required)

    • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]• Relating and Networking [ I ]

    • Persuading and Influencing [ I ]• Applying Technical Expertise [ I ]

    • Learning and Researching [ II ] • Planning and Organizing [ II ]

    Technical Knowledge [ I ]

  • Familiarity of the Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children;
  • General knowledge of: Communication practice, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of the Fundamentals of working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Knowledge in Computer systems, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
  • Familiarity with United Nations or other international organizations; good understanding of world affairs, current events and international development issues
  • Good understanding of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and current UNCEF position and approaches.
  • Good understanding of UNICEF communication goals, visions, positions, policies, guidelines and strategies.
  • Good understanding of UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues, including emergencies.
  • Good understanding of UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies and approaches, including emergency preparedness.
  • Good understanding of gender equality and diversity awareness
  • Knowledge and expertise in management, communication strategy and networking.
  • Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UN policies and strategiesto address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
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    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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    How to apply:

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