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Communication Officer

Location: New Delhi
Closing date: 9th January 2013

Purpose Of The Post
Under the supervision of the Regional Chief of Communication, South Asia, the incumbent will assist in day to day work of the media Hub,  including inter alia, pitching stories to the media, disseminating information, strengthening media partnerships, organizing press briefings , and capacity building of local communication staff. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1.    Supports the Regional Communication Officer to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness of the Media Hub – including pitching stories to media, disseminating information, working on media partnerships, organizing relevant information into a resource for journalists and actualize the ROSA website and FB page.

2.    Supports the Regional Communication Officer in the day to day running and general administrative duties such as keeping data bases and media contact lists up to date and recording and monitoring all interactions with the media, as well as the results generated.

3.    Works to build and strengthen new and existing media partnerships and to ensure the Media Hub retains a collaborative approach with all UNICEF offices and with other UN agencies and international NGOs working for children. This involves sustained and coherent contact with international media on key issues and sensitivities affecting children and partners in the region while ensuring concerns of offices are taken into consideration when formulating such activities.


4.    Assists the Regional Communication Officer in providing support to regional and global corporate advocacy/communication activities including with national committees. This will include organizing and participating in press briefings, producing and disseminating written and visual materials (photography and film production), organizing social media campaigns, launching key publications, supporting visits as well as identifying any other opportunities that arise in the course of work which will secure better advocacy for children in the region.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

 a) Education
Completion of university degree in Communication, Journalism or Public Relations/relevant area, preferably supplemented by technical courses or equivalent professional work experience in a field of communication, related to the work of the organization.  Knowledge of the media/ communication environment.

b) Work Experience

Two (2) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in communication, of which at least one year should demonstrate experience of conceptual and analytical skills to synthesize information simplify and communicate complex issues in a coherent, compelling and speedy manner. UN experience desirable.

Ability to interpret public needs and communicate UNICEF’s response to public and effective writing and communication skills.

c) Languages
Fluency in spoken and written English, and excellent drafting ability.  Knowledge of the local working languages(s) of the duty station is an asset.

d) Competency Profile: 

i)  Core Values (Required)

• Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

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

iii) 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 ]  

(iv)Technical Knowledge 

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

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

General knowledge of:

§  Communication practice, methodology and practical application. Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research planning 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 UNICEF 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.


Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 9th January 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only.

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 organizations 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.

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment.



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