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Senior Communication Associate (Advocacy) / GS7, Fixed Term Appointment, Lima-Peru #120920


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lima
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-01

UNICEF PERU Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment Post No. 120920 Job Title/Level: Senior Communication Associate (Advocacy) / GS7 Supervisor Title/Level: Communication Specialist / NOC Organizational Unit: Info and Comm Section Post Location: Lima, Peru Country Office Period of contract: one year UNICEF is looking for an experienced and results driven Senior Communication Associate (Advocacy) to support Peru Country Office integrating advocacy and communication strategies to make an impact on children’s lives in Peru and around the world.

Spanish version here / Versión en español aquí

URL for Vacancy Announcement in Spanish: Jobs - Job Details - Asociado/a Senior de Comunicación (Abogacía) / GS7, Nombramiento Fixed Term, Lima-Peru #120920 (


Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Post No. 120920
Job Title/Level: Senior Communication Associate (Advocacy) / GS7
Supervisor Title/Level: Communication Specialist / NOC
Organizational Unit: Info and Comm Section
Post Location: Lima, Peru Country Office
Period of contract: one year

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, hope

The Advocacy and Communication Section of the UNICEF Peru CO currently provides solid support to the Representative’s office and collaborates effectively with Programmes and PFP.  Given the growing need to strengthen the office’s advocacy and communication capacities, the volume of work, and the high demand for quality products, UNICEF Peru is creating a GS7 Senior Communication Associate (Advocacy) position. This post will ensure continuity of functions related to multimedia content creation and campaign and advocacy support.

How can you make a difference? 

The staff member will support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of effective, integrated advocacy and communication strategies. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues across teams and with external partners to drive changes in policy and practice and secure political and financial commitments for children.

• Advocacy strategy: By collecting information from programme colleagues, counterparts, stakeholders, national and regional media and other partners, supports the elaboration and implementation of communication and advocacy strategy and contents, contributing to a range of tactics, such as: the production of assets (advocacy briefs, messages, press releases, talking points, op eds, statements, defining the “buyer persona” and transforming complex data into easy-to-digest messages), developing narratives, delivering creative campaign activations, organizing events, and cultivating new strategic partnerships.
• Research current and potential partners and stakeholders, including regional and national media, assist and maintain a database of formal and informal partnerships and networks whose support is essential to achieving objectives, support the flow of information to key stakeholders. Provides technical assistance to counterparts and allies on how to strategically perform communication and advocacy strategies. Information and knowledge management; establishing and maintaining mappings of key advocacy stake holders.
• Support the establishment of baselines against which advocacy and communication results are regularly monitored; analyze the effectiveness of the strategy, approach and activities; produce and disseminate M&E results on a regular basis. Document and disseminate advocacy good practice to build internal UNICEF capacities in advocacy and communication.
• Support the day-to-day delivery of key projects/ workstreams, developing and tracking project plans to ensure progress and address obstacles and bottlenecks. 
• Act as secretariat of the Editorial and Advocacy committee (In Spanish, CALE) following up on the actions points and ensuring that there is smooth approval of the publications and close coordination publications and content committees. 
• Contributing advocacy content of UNICEF's webpages and internal communication the Country Office's sharepoint folders related to advocacy. 
• Others: Undertake other key responsibilities to support the performance and impact of advocacy and communications work, as required, including the administrative tasks required for these purposes. 

Accountable for the full spectrum of advocacy and communication support activities. The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the country office and success in the implementation of communication and advocacy activities. Accurate communication and advocacy monitoring and recommendations, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper decision-making.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

The following minimum requirements:

Education: Secondary education*, preferably supplemented by technical or university studies in communications for development, journalism, Political and social science or in a related field. 

*A bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution in a field relevant to the position may replace three years of related work experience. A master’s degree may replace an additional two years.

Work Experience: Minimum of seven years of relevant work experience in government, civil society or NGOs in areas related to communication, advocacy or campaigning at a national, regional or global level, or as a journalist in print and broadcast media or interactive digital media or in a related field is required.

Language Requirements: Fluency in Spanish is required. Knowledge of English at a fluent level is required. Native languages of Peru, such as Quechua, Aimara, Ashaninka or Shipibo-Konibo, are desirable. 

The following desirables:

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency. 
  • Specialization in Political Marketing, Consumer Psychology, Data Journalism, and/or Storytelling will be an asset.
  • Experience in supporting the development of clear theories of change, with specific, measurable and timebound objectives and performance indicators. 
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting and/or managing projects to completion, including developing and implementing clear processes, and budget management.
  • Experience in supporting the effective functioning of a team.
  • Knowledge of children’s rights, public policy, international development and humanitarian issues.
  • Experience working for an advocacy or campaigning organization, e.g. in the public sector, national or international NGO, UN or other multilateral organization is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically and (7) Works collaboratively with others.

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male professionals are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

Visa residence requirements: i.e.: UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Spanish version here / Versión en español aquí

URL for Vacancy Announcement in Spanish: Jobs - Job Details - Asociado/a Senior de Comunicación (Abogacía) / GS7, Nombramiento Fixed Term, Lima-Peru #120920 (

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