Jobs at UNICEF – Communication for Development Specialist

Job Title: Communication for Development Specialist

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.  Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.

For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Job Summary:
The UNICEF Communication for Development Specialist will be responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a communication for development strategy in support of the country programme’s expected results, with strong emphasis on social mobilization, knowledge, attitude and behaviour change for accelerating progress on child survival and development (for a medium-sized country of more than $ 55 million annual throughput).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The prospective UNICEF applicant must hold an advanced university degree in the Communication for Development or in social/behavoural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Education) with emphasis on participatory communication, communication planning, social mobilization, participatory research, training and impact evaluation of communication interventions.
  • At least eight years of progressively responsible work experience in the planning and management of social development programmes, including four years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.
  • Extensive understanding and knowledge of current developments in the fields of communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, community organization and participation.
  • Training in strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Possess the ability to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language required.   Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
Personal Competencies:
  • Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
  • Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of  individuals across organizational departments.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Seeks and proposes opportunities for advancing UNICEF’s mission.
How to apply for the job:
All qualified candidates who desire to join the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF), please visit our e-recruitment site below.

Deadline: 7th April, 2014

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