United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is recruiting for contract Communication Analyst.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the leading UN organization in Reproductive Health and Population and Development, is recruiting personnel for the vacant position below:
Job Title: Communication Analyst, Nigeria Country Office - NOB
Job ID: 23526 Location: Abuja, Nigeria Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment Duration: One Year* (Renewable Based on Availability of Funds and Satisfactory Performance).
Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Resident Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Communication Analyst works closely UNFPA Programme and Operations Teams using UNFPA and national systems and tools to deliver results.
S/he will also work closely with different Nigerian Federal and State Ministries, Local Governments, NGOs and partners to ensure internal and external flow of communication and information, particularly with media, and to strengthen partnership.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.
In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.
The Communication Analyst is part of the UNFPA country office programme staff and plays a leadership role in internal and external communication and partnership strategies for UNFPA and will represent the Country Office in various fora, including UN Communications Group. As an active member of United Nations Communication Group (UNCG), the incumbent will demonstrate an ability to take initiatives and leadership in the taskforces where UNFPA has a role to play.
The incumbent will work in close cooperation with the country office programme staff, the UN system, government counterparts, development partners and civil society organizations (including cultural and faith-based organizations) to ensure internal and external flow of communication and information, particularly with media, and to strengthen partnership.
Main Tasks & Responsibilities You will be responsible for:
Ensuring the development and implementation of a UNFPA CO communication strategy which supports UNFPA’s mission and country programme in Nigeria and the joint UN communication work towards delivering together focusing on achievement of the following results:
Preparation and conduct of communications needs assessments for CO (at the level of projects, country programme, corporate change initiatives and inter-agency work).
Development of CO communications and outreach strategy based on the corporate communications strategy and CO communications needs assessment.
Preparation and implementation of the annual communications plan for the CO.
Analysis of requirements and synthesis of proposals on ways to integrate advocacy and communication strategies into all aspects of UNFPA CO’s programme during formulation.
Active participation in the UN Communication Group and its task forces most relevant to UNFPA mandate ensuring substantial UNFPA contribution to joint UN activities.
Act as communication focal point for joint programmes managed by UNFPA
As an integral part of the CO communication strategy, implement a CO publications strategy and plan and take the lead on identification of storylines for publications and drafting of substantive articles contributing to public debates on key development issues.
Establish and maintain a system for constant scanning of UNFPA-produced research, surveys, assessments, notes to file, field-visit reports and other such internal information sources to identify, capture and make optimal communications capital/material of these for advocacy, media and capacity building purposes of the UNFPA staff, the UN system and UNFPA partners.
Provide critical analysis and communications guidance to the Country Office through scanning and reporting of the internal and external environment, and oversee regular production of policy and programme updates within UNFPA, particularly to West and Central Africa Regional, and regional/media counterparts in HQs including being the Country Office communications focal point for WCARO and the HQ Media and Communications Branch.
Co-ordinate Nigeria CO contribution to the Fund communication and knowledge sharing, including stories and communication materials to the global website, the regional website, Voices, UNFPA in the News (media clippings) and the knowledge platform, etc.
Provide training, consultancy and advice to UNFPA staff on communications for development
Public information management and strengthening of external relations with the aim of supporting programme delivery and promoting awareness of UNFPA focusing on achievement of the following results:
Planning and implementation of public information campaigns on UNFPA and joint UN activities, particularly in relation to the achievement of ICPD agenda
Organization and implementation of public events such as commemoration of international days, with a special focus on the World Population Day and the launch of the annual State of the World Population Report
Promotion, adaptation if required and dissemination of corporate advocacy materials for launching flagship initiatives and publications
Maintenance of a strong media network in collaboration of the Media Associate and provision of regular newsworthy information to the national and international media.
Organization of media activities including roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews and media launches in collaboration with the Media Associate
Ensure effective responses to media inquiries and timely access for journalists to subject matter experts.
Forge a strong relationship with Government Communication Officers and support national capacity development in the field of communication.
Production of regular communication to donors and other advocacy work to mobilize resources and support for UNFPA Nigeria.
Preparation of donor reports, education and community awareness activities as required to support programme delivery.
Effective handling of information requests.
Contributing to professional communication inputs to emerging events throughout the year to maximize publicity of UNFPA and further partnerships with government counterparts as well as media for joint advocacy focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Support the organisation of high-level missions, events, launches and press conferences.
Prepare talking points and background briefs for events and missions, in close collaboration with the CO professional staff
Produce visibility materials to ensure exposure and recognition of UNFPA
Collaborate with Government counterparts to take advantage of opportunities for joint advocacy work
Partner with media to arrange interviews and coverage of emerging missions and events in collaboration with the Media Associate
Organise field visit for journalist in relation to high level visits and events
Facilitates engagement with nationally known personalities and helps to organize special events and activities to support country programme goals.
Generates public support for special events.
Supervising, maintenance and continued improvement of the UNFPA website, intranet, CO web-based knowledge management system focusing on achievement of the following results:
Proactive content management, including production of new content, ensuring that the website and intranet are frequently updated, meet UNFPA’s corporate requirements and that all uploaded material is consistent
Supervision of the maintenance and continued development of the office web sites based on corporate requirements in cooperation with the ICT staff.
Promotion of good information management and knowledge building in the organization as well as with partners and the general public.
Promotion of the use of social media (Facebook, Tweeter, etc.) for wider dissemination of information on UNFPA mandate areas
Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country goals and activities and dissemination.
Performing of any other task as may be assigned by the Representative or Deputy Representative.
Min Required Experience:
Qualifications and Experience Education:
Masters Degree in Social/Political Sciences, Journalism, International Affairs, Communication and other related fields.
Knowledge and Experience:
Good knowledge of media and public relations;
Strong advocacy skills;
At least 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in public relations, journalism or communications;
Excellent oral and written communications and editing skills in English;
Keen understanding of Nigeria culture, history and political contexts;
Familiarity with communications approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies;
Good photography and editing skills (able to handle camera, video camera)
Experience with web content management and web standards (XHTML/CSS)
Excellent computer/information systems skills/ Ability to use current office software applications and software such as PageMaker/Publisher, QuarkXPress PowerPoint, Photoshop.
Familiarity with web technology and new/social media.
Demonstrated skills in social marketing.
Experience working in collaboration with the private sector to advance an agenda or reach a desired population will be an added advantage.
Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and diverse team
Fluency in English required. Very strong capability to communicate clearly and concisely in both oral and written English will be an asset.
Required Competencies Values:
Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
Embracing diversity in all its forms
Commitment to UNFPA Values and Guiding Principles;
Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment/Performance Management;
Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation and Commitment to Excellence/Decision Making;
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning
Ability to lead, develop and motivate a diverse team of specialists
Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
Results-based programme development and management
Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
Innovation and marketing of new approaches
Resource mobilization (Programme)
UNFPA Work Environment:
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.
Compensation and Benefits
This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post. The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.
Please note that this vacancy announcement is only for Nigerian Nationals.
No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN staff regulations 4.5. Click Here (Ms Word) for Staff Regulations
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