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Communication Specialist, P-3, Division of Communications (DOC), New York HQ, #100136

New York City

Under the general guidance of the Communication Specialist (P4), you will be responsible for acting as the main focal point for communication issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for the Public Advocacy Section, Division of Communication (DOC).

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world

UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers. To learn more about UNICEF, visit

For Every Child, HOPE

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Communication Specialist (P4), you will be responsible for acting as the main focal point for communication issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for the Public Advocacy Section, Division of Communication (DOC).

You will be supporting the development and management of public advocacy strategies and action plans on WASH, with a particular focus on WASH in emergencies, in order to help the organization in improving policies, programming, budgeting and public understanding of priorities for children. In addition, you will be supporting the creation of advocacy guidance and tools that may be useful to implement action plans around these themes (such as briefing books, narratives and communication plans), capacity-building tools for HQ, country offices and National Committees, and creating compelling, evidence-based or research driven messaging that resonate with target audiences.

You will work closely with internal and external partners, including with youth and community advocates. In addition, you will ensure timely and accurate outreach and communications to internal and external partners and other appropriate audiences and influencers; positioning UNICEF as knowledge leader in WASH; providing support on monitoring, advising on and responding to issues relating to the work of UNICEF's ongoing activities on WASH. In addition you will:

  1. Develop and coordinate implementation of public advocacy and communication strategies, including setting goals and objectives, defining key asks, messaging, audience targeting and analysis, and development of product and services for WASH. That includes:
  • research and build evidence-based advocacy arguments in support of WASH
  • working with technical colleagues in other divisions to identify gaps in evidence and argument and ensure those gaps are adequately filled.
  • creating the conceptual frameworks for specific public advocacy strategies and initiatives
  • designing, testing and finalizing highly effective public advocacy materials for use by Regional and Country Offices and UNICEF National Committees
  • establish success criteria for public advocacy campaigns and work with M&E colleagues to measure effectiveness of public advocacy work undertaken by the organization.
  1. Collaborate with relevant colleagues in the WASH section, communication officers in country and regional offices, and other relevant divisions in HQ to establish UNICEF's leadership role in public advocacy and communication for WASH. Work closely with relevant external partners on high-profile events and initiatives to establish UNICEF as knowledge leader in WASH.
  2. Support the production of public advocacy capacity-building tools/ guides/ training for colleagues at HQ, NatComs and in country offices
  3. Undertakes other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

To qualify as a champion for every child you
 will have… 

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in Communication, Journalism, Public Information and Social Sciences or a directly related field(s). *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with (2) two additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of (5) five years of progressive, relevant professional work experience at the national and international levels in advocacy and/or new media is required.
  • Prior knowledge of United Nations or other international aid or NGOs highly desirable. 
  • Prior good understanding of world affairs, current events and development issues is desirable.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) or a local language is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please click here

This position is classified as "rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty. 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Remark:  Funds for this post are currently available for one (1) year.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-14

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