Duration: 3 Months, 1 June –1 September, 2013, Duty station NY
Hundreds of millions of children and young people living in poverty are often overlooked. Already, one city dweller in three lives in slum conditions, lacking security of tenure in overcrowded, unhygienic places characterized by unemployment, climate-induced disasters, pollution, violence, poor services and competition over resources. Infrastructure and services are not keeping up with urban growth in many regions and children's most basic needs are not being met.
UNICEF is responding to these increasing risks by developing global policies and programmes that focus on building sustainable cities for and with children and young people, in close partnership with the private sector and municipal leaders.
The Urban Planning & Programming Media Fellow will support in the development of new and innovative communications and media materials relevant to fostering safe and sustainable cities for children and young people and Child Friendly Cities work globally. This work will strengthen UNICEF's advocacy for and programmes around marginalized urban children.
1. Expected results:
Prepare UNICEF urban media strategy and test with select focal points 1 July 2013
Prepare media strategy for global Urban Child Index launch 15 July 2013
Prepare strategy for UNICEF CO’s to advocate with Rockefeller Foundation Informal City Dialogues 1 August 2013
Develop weekly blog posts on UNICEF urban programming and solicit posts from country colleagues Ongoing until 1 September 2013
In consultation with experts, author 3 web articles on impacts of food crises, climate change, LGBT rights, and/or violence and natural disaster risks for children and adolescents living in cities Ongoing until 1 September 2013, 1st article due 15 June 2013
Regularly update UNICEF urban website with relevant press releases and events Ongoing until 1 September 2013
Manage content for Facebook, Twitter, Google Groups and blog accounts for Urban Programming Ongoing 1 September 2013
2. Key competences, technical background, and experience required:
This position requires an individual with strong self-initiative, strong communications experience, creativity and ability to multi-task, knowledge of multiple social media platforms, academic and professional background in journalism, advocacy or related field, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Experience with issues such as urban planning, public health, sustainability, sanitation and climate change in urban areas is also an advantage, as is prior work experience with the United Nations.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates currently enrolled in master’s level journalism, communications, advocacy, or other writing-related programmes preferred;
- At least 3 years relevant experience working in communications/media preferred;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Experience working within a highly results-oriented non-profit, municipality and/or UN agency required;
- Fluency in English;
- Ability to work in a team and in a diverse work environment.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, two writing samples, CV and P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html) to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Media Fellow, Urban Planning & Programming” by 27 May 2013.