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Communication Specialist (Polio), P-4, Islamabad, Pakistan, #94999

Islamabad (Pakistan)

This position oversees the polio programme’s C4D, communications and media strategy portfolio working closely with key Government counterparts and Global Polio Eradication Partners. This will include strategy development, management and implementation of activities and products.

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For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

This position oversees the polio programme's C4D, communications and media strategy portfolio working closely with key Government counterparts and Global Polio Eradication Partners. This will include strategy development, management and implementation of activities and products  targeted to public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, and national and community level support for polio vaccination on a country wide scale.  The post is also responsible for the development of communications/media strategies in coordination with national and provincial government authorities, assisting them with the implementation of those strategies and in many instances responsible for the independent rollout of targeted information/communications/C4D initiatives throughout the country, relating to specific polio campaigns.   The position will manage a team at the Islamabad Federal office and procide technical support and guidance to  C4D and Media Specialists in five provinces.

Key Expected Results

1. Communication strategy

  • Ensure that the Pakistan Country Office Polio Section has a clear updated communication strategy and associated work plan to support the polio programme objectives and ensure that the strategy is endorsed by the Government (federal/provincial (EOCs)), UN participating organizations and major supporting donors, to strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's polio mission and objectives.

2. Media relations

  • Aligned with the communication strategy, ensure that the Polio Section has a well maintained and continually developed resource base of actively supporting journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate the strategic messaging relative to polio eradication to the various target audiences within Pakistan.

3. Networking and Partnerships

  • Ensure that the Polio Section has develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community and civil society for promotion of participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals and has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora (including Government, UN, and bilateral counterparts), whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives of the polio eradication initiative within Pakistan.

4. Oversight of of PSAs and supporting materials, posters, documentation (including celebrities and special events)

  • Ensure that the Polio Section has a well maintained and continually developed contact/vendor list of appropriate public relations firms, TV/Radio Broadcasting outlets and other transmission sources to ensure access to all targeted audiences within the country.  In those cases where contractual arrangements (fee based arrangements) are required with broadcast firms, such arrangements will be negotiated and in place.

5. Global priorities and campaigns

  • In addition to local/national polios campaigns, ensure that the Polio Section has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF's global polio communications priorities and campaigns, both disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way, as well as providing/enabling coverage of the work in the country for global use.

6. Resource mobilization support

  • Ensure that global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities.

7. Management

  • Ensure that human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring) are both effectively managed and optimally used.

8. Monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure that communication baselines are established against which the achievement of objectives of the communication strategy are regularly evaluated; analysis is undertaken to continuously improve the effectiveness of communication strategy, approach and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared on a timely basis.

9. Capacity building and support

  • Ensure that the Representative/Senior or Regional Communication Officer and the country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of C4D and external relations communication as required; opportunities are identified and addressed for building communication capacity among country communication teamand other relevant partners.
  • Provides effective coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree or equivalent working experience in social sciences, with preference to those with studies in public health, journalism, public health communication, social development communication and community development.* 
  • Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in programme implementation, including public health and/or strategic communication.
  • Practical experience in community-based research and project implementation.
  • Experience in polio eradication is an asset. 
  • Fluency in English and another UN working language as required. Knowledge of Urdu, Pashto, Sindhi is desirable.

*A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor's), in combination with 2 years of additional relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment 
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies

  • Communication - Level III
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level II

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising - Level III
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts - Level III
  • Analyzing - Level III
  • Relating and Networking - Level III
  • Persuading and Influencing - Level III
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking - Level II 

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Remarks

* Please note that Islamabad is a non-family duty station.

 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Islamabad (Pakistan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-25

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