Job no: 543905
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Division/Equivalent: Dakar (WCAR), Senegal
Department/Office: Accra, Ghana
Categories: Communication / External Relations
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child,
UNICEF has been the leading child-rights organization, and a respected partner, for saving and improving children’s lives.
In Ghana, UNICEF cooperates with the Government and other partners to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to ensure equitable access to quality social services, and to expand children’s opportunities to reach their full potential.
With offices in Accra and Tamale, the UNICEF team seeks to achieve results in strategic programme areas. The overall goal is for every child to survive and thrive, to live in a safe and clean environment, to learn, to be protected from violence and exploitation, and to have an equitable chance in life. The current Country Programme of cooperation is aligned with the Government priorities, the UN Sustainable Development Partnership (UNSDP) and Key Results for Children (KRCs) in the West and Central African Region (immunization, nutrition, learning outcomes, ending violence and open defecation). UNICEF main strategies include evidence-based advocacy, system strengthening, integrated programming across sectors, emergency preparedness and response, and innovation.
How can you make a difference?
The Communication Unit seeks to put children at the heart of national agendas by being the leading voice, brand, advocate, and partner for the rights of every child so that UNICEF influences decision makers and inspires other key audiences to address child rights issues in Ghana.
The Unit coordinates a Communication and Advocacy Strategy that sets the vision, ambition and priorities that guide our work at the national and subnational level so that UNICEF raises public awareness and drives behaviour change and fundraising on behalf of children.
UNICEF in Ghana’s Communication Unit drives a digital communication transformation and creates compelling content and robust engagements strategies so that UNICEF evolves into a children and young people ‘powered’ organization, where young voices and ideas are heard and placed at the heart of our daily work and advocacy efforts, and it provides guidance and support for advocacy and youth engagement, facilitating knowledge exchange and deploying a digital first approach so that UNICEF in Ghana is a leading ‘digital first’ organization with advocacy and communication staff empowered with the knowledge, capacities, tools and skills to engage supporters.
The position of the Communication Specialist is to support the Communication and Advocacy Manager / Chief with the development and implementation of the advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for the rights and well-being of children, youth and the most marginalized families in Ghana. Through a variety of channels UNICEF’s mission, priorities and programmes in the country office, and at a global level and those of the UN Country Team.
KEY EXPECTED END-RESULTS
9. Capacity building and support: The Specialist supports the Communication Manager / Chief to provide professional expertise and advice on all aspects of external relations communication as required.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
Core Competencies (Required)
Functional Competencies (Required)
To view our competency framework, please visit here.
Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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