Communication Officer (Coordination),






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The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors....

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The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.To find out more about UNICEF’s work in Zambia, please visit https://www.unicef.org/zambia/.How can you make a difference?Under the supervision of the Chief Social Policy & Research, the incumbent will provide communications support towards the UN Joint Programme for Social Protection (UNJPSP) activities, as well as supporting the UNICEF coordination and convening role within UN Delivering as One results group structures. He/she will provide national and sub-national level Technical Assistance (TA) support and assistance to the multiple UNJPSP-II and UN Results Group activities in the areas of multi-media communication, knowledge management, capacity development and coordination. The position will have a primary focus on activities that lead to comprehensive coordination and communications systems development and sustainable frameworks including many of the other cash-plus linkages that will be adopted.The post will assist 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.Responsibilities and Tasks:Support the UNICEF coordination role, through convening within the UN Results Groups and the 7NDP Cluster formations.Assist with UNICEF secretariat and reporting responsibilities within the UN Results Groups.Work closely with the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services on HQ, Provincial and District level to assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the SCT programme with a priority focus on communications interventions, and communications systems strengthening and capacity development.Ensure that the production of communication products and materials is timely executed and followed up to support programme communication strategies.   Gather content and coverage of relevant country efforts to identify effective relevant social protection programme activities and results. Develop complementary, programme-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.Maintain an up-to-date documentation centre for communication materials including publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.Assist the Social Policy Specialist (Social Protection), with technical inputs to donor proposals, programme management, coordination, reporting and supervision activities.Contribute to routine section tasks and functions as directed.To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…Minimum Qualifications and Competencies:Bachelors’ degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Project Management or related field.Knowledge of development issues, policies, as well as social and community development.Knowledge and experience with diverse social protection programmes, such as cash transfers, school feeding, livelihood programmes, microfinance programmes, women’s empowerment programmes, maternity protection, community-based service delivery, school fee waiver programmes, Protection programmes for vulnerable groups.Knowledge of programming policies and procedures in international development cooperationAnalytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skillsGood knowledge of computer management and standard applications (MS Office Suite)Fluency in English and another UN language.Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.Work experience:Two years practical professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media, or interactive digital media.Familiarity with the Zambian Social Protection Landscape.Experience of working with government partners at national and sub-national levels.Field work experience (for NO).Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.Additional Competencies required: Strong oral and written communication skillsDetail orientedAbility to work under pressureInnovation and enthusiasmTaking initiativesAbility to think outside the boxView our competency framework athttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdfUNICEF 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.Remarks:Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 03 Oct 2019 South Africa Standard TimeApplications close: 17 Oct 2019 11:55 PM South Africa Standard Time

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