UN Jobs – Senior Communications Associate – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:    Senior Communications Associate

Organization: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

 

About UNHCR:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

 

Job Summary: The Senior Communications Associate is normally supervised by a Communication Officer or other position as decided by the senior management in the area of responsibility (AoR). The supervisor provides the incumbent with regular guidance, who works quite independently on regular assignments with an oversight from the supervisor. S/he keeps frequent contacts with staff at various levels in the office and occasionally with staff at the same level in other duty stations and/or Headquarters; with media, local suppliers, NGO, implementing partners, embassies and UN agencies. The incumbent normally supervises some support staff.

 

The Senior Communications Associate, depending on the organizational structure and location, may also be required to provide support in executing a range of communications activities in the fields of news and media relations, multimedia content production, social media engagement, video production, Goodwill Ambassadors and other influencers, public outreach and campaigns, fundraising, analytics and brand. The incumbent may also be required to help strengthen coordination and editorial planning in the AoR, support advocacy, awareness-raising and digital fundraising efforts as well as strengthening analytics to inform the social media strategies and work plans.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the implementation of communications strategies for countries, situations and special projects within the AoR; help identify thematic priorities and target audiences to meet UNHCR¿s global, regional and country-level communications objectives of leading the narrative, generating empathy and mobilizing action for forcibly displaced and stateless people.
  • Monitor news and popular trends to insert UNHCR¿s messaging into ongoing conversations; identify key moments for proactive communications.
  • Help forge strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations who can help produce and promote UNHCR content, activities and messaging as well as provide research insights to improve communications; promote the work of engaged businesses and civil society actors.
  • Support the development of news-driven and authoritative content to lead the narrative on forced displacement and show UNHCR¿s impact (e.g. interviews, press releases, flagship reports, speeches), create emotive storytelling to generate empathy (e.g. stories, multimedia content) and mobilize action by signposting concrete steps people can take to help refugees (e.g. digital diplomacy, action-driven campaigns, fundraising).
  • Help ensure that content created reaches maximum impact by supporting the development of strategies for distribution from the outset, boosting the visibility of our content on relevant UNHCR channels and placing it on external channels.
  • Monitor the implementation of communications projects and adjust accordingly.
  • Assist in research, preparation, editing and production of professional media and communications materials for target audiences and ensure their timely dissemination via UNHCR’s communications channels, ensuring highest quality standards.
  • Continually maintain and upgrade communications skills, keeping abreast of emerging platforms and tools, and systematically reviewing media impact results and other measurement tools for learning purposes.
  • May be required to support the implementation of campaigns, events and other initiatives in support of UNHCR’s strategic objectives, including its need for a leading share of voice on refugee and related matters.
  • May be required to undertake missions and field trips with media and other official visitors in support of UNHCR and its work.
  • Perform other related duties as required.




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Senior Communications Associate job opportunity should hold For G7 – 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
  • Certificates and/or Licenses: Journalism, Social Sciences, Humanities or related fields
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS Office applications. Excellent drafting skills.
  • Language: Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

 

Desirable:

  • Experience implementing communications strategies. Professional writing and editing skills.
  • Experience working on advocacy campaigns.

 

Functional Skills

  • CO-Drafting and editing content for International Organizations
  • CO-International Media Contacts
  • CO-Journalism (incl. print, broadcast, photography, video, layout & graphics)
  • CO-Video production for digital platforms (including news organizations)
  • CO-Editing

 

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

  • Empowering and building trust
  • Manage Performance

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Political Awareness

 

How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

 

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Deadline: 17th June 2021

 

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