UN Jobs – Communications Officer – United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Title:    Communications
Organisation: United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
Duty Station: WHO, Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: UNDP Programme Specialist on
About US:
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN
organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development
worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it
benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to
peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging
partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing
volunteers. In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in
long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the
communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of
volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers,
host agencies and local communities. In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote
volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity
can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social
realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in
their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even
more rewarding and productive.
Job Summary:  The incumbent, being the communication and
advocacy focal point, will report directly to the Partnership, Planning and
Performance Lead, under the matrix reporting to the AFRO Regional
Communications Manager and under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative
in the Country office. The officers will collaborate with relevant technical
officers in the RO. The first line responsibility involves promoting effective
communication strategies and establishing press/media networks. S/he will
engage with subject matter experts in the organization to agree on best tactics
to advocate WHO’s work, goals and achievements. The incumbent will also liaise
with a broad range of officials from the press and media, partner organizations
and institutions, target audiences, health cluster partners and official
representatives from the national authorities to obtain information and, as
necessary, provide advice on communication opportunities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Develop and implement communications plans which
includes a timeline of key communications products.
Identify subjects/stories of interest pertaining
to WHO efforts at the country or Regional level to develop communications
products such as feature stories, press releases and social media posts.
Work together with WHO Country office and the
Regional Communications Team to conceptualize a set of new advocacy documents
to inform stakeholders and the general public about WHO’s response, co-develop,
as relevant, high quality media tools, including audio-visual, photographic and
printed materials, television and radio programmes, multimedia presentations,
social media, videos and press releases, bulletins etc., to promote WHO’s
visibility, achievements and success stories.
Liaise with the press/media to advocate and
disseminate information on WHO work as well as relevant events such as WHO
campaigns. Organize interviews and filming opportunities to support
high-visibility of WHO achievements through television, radio and newspapers,
Manage the development and maintenance of
content for the country website and social media platforms, in compliance with
guidelines and standards used throughout the Organization, to ensure
consistency of approach. Critically review and improve contents.
Prepare communication and advocacy products and
statements to be used by the Resource Mobilization team in convincing and
encouraging donors to rapidly fund the overall health sector response to
affected populations.
Collaborate with all relevant actors, including
the health cluster, regional and field offices, other WHO departments, UN
agencies, and other partners to identify and create communication opportunities
and prepare communication campaigns on specific topics.
Represent the WHO Country Office (WCO) in the UN
Communication Group and provide appropriate technical support as required.
Organize advocacy events, press interactions and
meetings to increase the visibility of WHO and knowledge about the work of the
Support Ministry of Health (MoH) public
communications during key health events including health emergencies, through
the development of talking points, press releases, press statements and other
media products.
Perform any other communication specific related
duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicant for the United Nations Volunteers
Communications Officer job must hold a first university degree in
communication, journalism, political science or international relations or
related field from an accredited/recognized institute.
Desirable Education: Formal qualification in
public health; Courses in communication techniques such as graphic design,
visual language and in the use of social media. Training in risk communication
is an asset
At least 3 – 5 years of professional work
experience at the national and international level, in external communications.
Proven experience in writing engaging communications materials.
Desirable Experience: Prior working experience
with WHO/UN or with an international nongovernmental organization; experience
in organizing advocacy campaigns and experience in managing publishing
processes. Proven experience in writing advocacy documents. Proven experience
in taking photographs or filming video which are of professional quality
Area of expertise: Public information and
reporting, Knowledge management, archiving and documentation, Other
communications related experience
Area of expertise details:
Proven skills in the development and
implementation of communications plans
Proven skills in writing feature stories and
other key communications products
Proven skills in engaging with national,
regional and international media and securing media coverage
Excellent interpersonal skills complemented by
the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus.
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning,
Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in
Language skills: English(Mandatory),
Level – Fluent
How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to apply online at
the link below.
Deadline: 3rd September 2020
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