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Communication Specialist job in Senegal at UNICEF

UNICEF Country office is recruiting: Title: Communication Specialist Grade/level: NOC Level Duration: Two (02) years, may be renewed Duty Station: Dakar
Purpose of the post
Accountable for developing, managing, coordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF's mission, priorities and programmes in the country office, and those of the UN Country Team.
Major duties and responsibilities
In consultation and under the supervision of the Representative, undertakes the following:
Develop, maintain and update the country advocacy and communication strategy and associated work plan. Strategy and work plan include: an environmental and stakeholder assessment; objectives; target audiences; messages and media mix; resources; specific actions, activities and products; monitoring and evaluation of impact; success and opportunity for improvement; ongoing refinement of the strategy. UNICEF’s rights- and results-based programming approach is appropriately reflected in the communication strategy, work plan and products. Maintain close collaboration with Regional Communication Advisers and HQ Communication Officers for effective overall coordination. Promote a better understanding of, respect and support for children's and women's rights and issues by carrying out media, information and education activities in support of UNICEF-assisted development programmes or humanitarian efforts in the country. Develop, maintain and update media relations contact list/database. Establish, document, review and refine process of communicating with media contacts, including press conferences and events, issuing of media materials etc. Ensure rapid and accurate information dissemination to the media, National Committees, NGOs, the field and other appropriate audiences. Identify, develop, distribute and evaluate variety of media materials in multiple, appropriate formats. Ensure or enhance the quality, appropriateness of country specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages transmitted to the press, partners and public. Develop, maintain and update partners contact list/database. Help establish, document, review and refine process of working collaboratively with partners, including meetings, joint projects, information sharing etc. Ensure or enhance the quality, consistency and appropriateness of country-specific communication materials, activities, processes and messages shared with partners. Identify opportunities to strengthen the capacity of partners through appropriate advocacy and communication training, access to information, supplies and equipment and through knowledge sharing. Monitor, evaluate and share results and findings with partners. Adapts and disseminates advocacy materials from NY, Geneva and the Regional Office to identified target audiences, arranging translations into local language(s), as necessary. Identifies the need for additional materials/activities, such as radio and television programmes, publications, photographs, websites, etc., to advocate and promote organizational goals within the country, and manage their production and distribution to the target audiences.
Mobilize country office communication capacity to support/facilitate the gathering of content and coverage of relevant country efforts. Use the opportunity to identify/highlight effective programme activities and results in support of fund-raising. Mobilize resources for fund-raising support by regular communication and co-ordination with relevant communication focal points in regional offices and headquarters divisions. Advises the Representative and the country programme team on the effective use of tools of mass communication, including press briefings and conferences and media interviews, to achieve country programme objectives.
In coordination with the Regional Adviser, Communication participates in global advocacy activities by planning visits of goodwill ambassadors, National Committee representatives and Executive Board members, including preparation of information materials (e.g., press releases, programme summaries, country fact sheets and media kits), and necessary logistic arrangements.
Develops a work plan for communication activities, monitors compliance and provides support and guidance to ensure objectives are met. This includes performance planning, monitoring and appraisal. Plans and monitors the use of communication budgetary resources.
Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area, combined with an advanced university degree in a related discipline.
Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in communication, print and broadcast media or interactive digital media, of which two years should be in developing countries.
• Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields. • Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills. • Supervisory and managerial skills. • Leadership and teamwork abilities. • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
Fluency in French and English. Knowledge of any other local languages of the duty station is an asset.
Desirable skills:
Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication, research, planning and strategy, and the role of mass media.
• General ability to express 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 conceptualize, plan and execute ideas, as well as impart knowledge and teach skills.
• Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, government officials and other UNICEF partners.
• Kknowledge of computer systems, internet navigation and various office applications, specifically interactive digital media.
• Proven ability to work as part of a team.
Candidates must be national of Senegal and are asked to send their application by mail:
Internal candidates are invited to provide the two last performance evaluation reports. Deadline for applications: 07.11. 2011 Female candidates are strongly encouraged, UNICEF is a non-smoke environments. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted

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