The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, is seeking an advocacy and communication regional specialist to be based in its Dakar Regional Office, Senegal. Nutritional deficiencies are a major public health problem worldwide. It has been estimated that such deficiencies account for 35% of global child deaths and 11% of the total global disease burden. Countries in West and Central Africa have some of the world’s highest prevalence estimates of these nutritional deficiencies. This situation is partially explained by the low profile of nutrition and the lack of predictable funding in West and Central Africa.
The purpose of this post is to support communication and advocacy activities to raise nutrition profile in West and Central Africa at regional level and for three countries: Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.
- Develop a communication and advocacy plans for the regional nutrition working group (RNWG); especially for the Nutrition Advocate and for Burkina Faso, Mali & Mauritania.
- Design communication and advocacy tools for RNWG and the 3 country offices.
- Support advocacy events for the RNWG and for nutrition in the 3 selected countries.
- Support refresher training of media people on nutrition
- Monitor media activities on nutrition.
- Support activities of the network of journalists for nutrition.
- Support the activities around the Nutrition Advocate for West Africa.
Advanced university degree in communication, journalism or related field.
At least 8 years of experience in communication and in the design of advocacy strategies; especially in West Africa and in the field of nutrition.
- Knowledge of current developments in the field of communication and advocacy
- Proven skills in communication; advocacy and working with media; civil society; institutions and donors.
- Ability to express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
- Proven skills in report writing.
- Work experience in sub-Saharan Africa; ideally in West Africa.
- Work experience with major donors in the field of nutrition; especially European Commission and EU delegations.
- Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
- Fluency in French and English.
FEES : $ 410 per day
DURATION : 11 months
WORK PLACE OF CONSULTANT : WCARO based, field visits
Authorized travel paid for by organization with applicable DSA.
If you have got experience of working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, send a detailed curriculum vitae in English, AND a duly completed United Nations Personal History form (available at www.unicef.org/employ) to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Interested candidates are also asked to complete the Candidate Self Assessment Form. Applications should be received by 26 October 2011. Only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted. The successful candidate will be offered a temporary appointment for a period of one year.
UNICEF’s salary and benefits package is based on the United Nations Common System; visit www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances for further information.
UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly women are strongly encouraged to apply.