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Communication Officer

Job Code: UNCOG
Location:  Gandhinagar/Ranchi
Closing Date: 20th July 2011

Purpose of the post:

The incumbent will be responsible for building partnerships, advocating and influencing the policy, planning, implementation, monitoring of programme for promoting the attainment of right of children for an assigned programme or specific projects in the State.

The job holder works at the State and District level. He/she also works under the daily supervision of the Chief of Field Office and take sector specific guidance from the Chief of Advocacy and Partnership Section in New Delhi.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:-

1. Contributes to the development of an advocacy and communication strategy by coordinating appropriate research and compiling and analysing relevant data.
2. Assists in developing and maintaining close collaboration with state (print, broadcast and electronic) media, as well as with groups and organizations whose support is essential for achieving advocacy and communication objectives of the state programme.  Developing strategy for tracking and addressing negative media and integrating guidance from Technical Centre of Excellence. 
3. Assists in planning, logistic and administrative arrangements to develop public relations events and activities that will place UNICEF and children’s issues into the public arena. Assists in drafting and editing articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials for both web- and media, as appropriate.
4. Prepares background communication and promotional materials for briefings and visits of media, celebrities, goodwill ambassadors, donors, national committee representatives and other special interest groups.  Assists in the planning, logistic and administrative arrangements for them. Coordinates the production of advocacy and communication materials (e.g., films, video, audio-visual, etc.), to complement media packages for communicating UNICEF messages for media, web, events, campaigns etc
5. Tracks developments/ reporting in the media requiring corrective actions and brings to the attention of Chief of State Office. Monitors the public perception of UNICEF in the state and recommends appropriate action to maintain a positive image for the organization.
6. Follows up on the production of advocacy and communication materials (e.g., films, video, audio-visual, etc.), and oversees the qualitative aspects of production, (e.g., quality control, translation, review of layouts and graphic design) across sector programmes.
7. Supports sector programme colleagues on shaping policy advocacy agenda and strategy. Monitors and evaluates the impact of the programme of activity. Advises on modifications to the programme. Monitors and evaluates the appropriate and timely dissemination of advocacy and communication materials to target audiences, and participates in the evaluation of their impact. Provides feedback to Technical Centre of Excellence Delhi on the use and appropriateness of corporate publications and advocacy materials.
8. Establishes/maintains an up-to-date documentation centre for publications, press releases and clippings, as well as photographic and audio-visual materials.

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

• University degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations; or related field.
• Two years of progressively responsible professional work experience in social sector related to child rights at state, district and community level in the field of advocacy, information and communication through senior level officials, elected representatives, media agencies, corporates and civil society partners.
• Fluency in English. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
• Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research, and the role of media.
• Ability to research, analyses, evaluates and synthesizes information.
• General ability to draft clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form; specific skills in writing press releases and articles/stories for traditional and electronic media.
• Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, government officials and other UNICEF partners.
• Proven ability to work as part of a team.
• Knowledge of computer systems, internet navigation and various office applications, specifically interactive digital media.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

Competency Profile

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

i)  Core Values (Required)
• Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity
ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
•  Communication  [ II ]  •  Working with People  [ I ]  •  Drive for Results  [ I ]

ii) 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]             

iii)  Technical Knowledge  

a) Specific Technical Knowledge required (for the job)
(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job is reflected within the responsibilities.) 
Specific and up-to-date working knowledge of:

 Executive Board and other policy documents. 
 Executive Directives,
 Thorough knowledge of Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)
 UN/UNICEF Policy Papers
 UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
 Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
 General administrative and financial guidelines.
 Human resources manual
 UNICEF communication and other DOC guidelines
 Communication toolkit
 Brand Toolkit and Brand Book
 UNICEF Stylebook
 Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children

b) Common Technical Knowledge required (for the job group)

General knowledge of:
 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.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

 Knowledge and expertise in management, communication strategy and networking.
 Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
 UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
 UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
 UN security operations and guidelines.

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net  by 20th July 2011. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the Job Code of the post and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only. UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees).

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