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Strategic Communications Advisor

Tunis (Tunisia)

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.
It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.


Background Information - Job-specific

Since 2014, when the international community evacuated from Libya due to the deteriorating security situation, the UNMAS Libya programme has worked remotely from Tunis, Tunisia.  The programme has 2 main roles: humanitarian mine action as part of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the Protection Working Group, reporting to the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and an advisory role on arms and ammunition management as part of the Security Institutions Division (SID) with the UN Stabilisation Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) reporting to the SRSG. International implementing partners operate in a limited way in Libya and maintain a presence also in Tunisia.  National partners, including the Libyan Mine Action Centre (LibMAC) and other relevant national authorities travel to Tunis for coordination meetings, UN flights operate into Tripoli to enable UN personnel to travel into Libya for meetings to a limited extent. 

In the 3 years of remote working UNMAS Libya has carried out a large amount of capacity enhancement training for national mine actors, as well as coordination of the International and National efforts.  However, there is concern that the work that the UN is doing in Libya, and particularly the work of UNMAS in relation to humanitarian mine action is not being adequately communicated to the Libyan people and that remote working has resulted in a number of potential stakeholders being missed.   In 2018 the footprint of the UN is likely to increase significantly and the programme wish to develop a strategic communications strategy for 2018 in preparation for an increased presence in Libya.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Strategic Communication Advisor will conduct an initial stakeholder analysis of all mine action stakeholders working in Libya (both present and working remotely) with a view to providing a draft stakeholder management strategy and a draft strategic communication strategy for UNMAS Libya for implementation in 2018. The stakeholder analysis will be carried out at the duty station of Tunis.There will be no opportunity for travel to Libya.

Reporting to the Programme Manager UNMAS Libya the Strategic Communications Advisor will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Design and facilitate key stakeholder surveys and or focus groups to identify areas of further improvement
  • Produce stakeholder analysis of all mine action stakeholders operating in Libya
  • Collect and prioritize findings: translate stakeholder expectations into performance targets
  • Produce a stakeholder management strategy for UNMAS Libya for 2018 to include identification of areas of improvement, priorities and areas of stakeholder consensus
  • Produce a strategic communications strategy for 2018 for UNMAS Libya in consultation with the Programme Manager, Senior Programme Officer and Chief of Arms and Ammunition

The consultant is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Years of Experience Requirements:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Strategic Communication, Programme Management, Project Management, Business Administration, Communication, or related subjects with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience is required OR;
  • First Level University Degree  (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) with a minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience is required
Experience:
  • At least seven (7) years of  progressively responsible experience at international level, including providing advice to high senior officials in developing communication strategies is required
  • Experience with design and execution of stakeholder management is required
  • Experience with design and execution of communication strategies is required
  • Experience in communication strategy implementation is desired 
  • Experience working in areas of international development, preferably with the United Nations is a strong asset
  • Experience of working in mine action is desirable
  • Previous experience of working in Libya or North Africa is an asset
  • Work experience in post-conflict countries is an asset
Language:
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) is required
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is desired
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired

Education and Years of Experience Requirements:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies, International Relations or related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience OR;
  • First Level University Degree  (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies, International Relations or related field with a minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience.
Experience:
  • At least 7 years of  progressively responsible experience, at the operational and strategic levels, developing and implementing complex public communications/media strategies in private, public, or international organizations is required
  • Experience implementing communications strategies in support of humanitarian and stabilisation objectives is required
  • Experience working in the UN system is required
  • Donor relations experience is required
  • Experience  liaising with senior governmental officials in the Middle-East is desired
  • Experience working in conflict or post-conflict environments is desired
  • Experience working in the Explosive Threat Mitigation (ETM) context in Iraq, especially with regard to IEDs and semi-permissive environments is desired
  • Experience working with the political and social context in Iraq is desired
  • Understanding of UN mine action programmes, policies, and coordination mechanisms desired
Language:
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) is required
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is desired
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired

Education and Years of Experience Requirements:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies, International Relations or related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience OR;
  • First Level University Degree  (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies, International Relations or related field with a minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience.
Experience:
  • At least 7 years of  progressively responsible experience, at the operational and strategic levels, developing and implementing complex public communications/media strategies in private, public, or international organizations is required
  • Experience implementing communications strategies in support of humanitarian and stabilisation objectives is required
  • Experience working in the UN system is required
  • Donor relations experience is required
  • Experience  liaising with senior governmental officials in the Middle-East is desired
  • Experience working in conflict or post-conflict environments is desired
  • Experience working in the Explosive Threat Mitigation (ETM) context in Iraq, especially with regard to IEDs and semi-permissive environments is desired
  • Experience working with the political and social context in Iraq is desired
  • Understanding of UN mine action programmes, policies, and coordination mechanisms desired
Language:
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) is required
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is desired
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired

Education and Years of Experience Requirements:

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies, International Relations or related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience OR;
  • First Level University Degree  (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in Journalism, Communications, Development Studies, International Relations or related field with a minimum of nine (9) years of relevant experience.
Experience:
  • At least 7 years of  progressively responsible experience, at the operational and strategic levels, developing and implementing complex public communications/media strategies in private, public, or international organizations is required
  • Experience implementing communications strategies in support of humanitarian and stabilisation objectives is required
  • Experience working in the UN system is required
  • Donor relations experience is required
  • Experience  liaising with senior governmental officials in the Middle-East is desired
  • Experience working in conflict or post-conflict environments is desired
  • Experience working in the Explosive Threat Mitigation (ETM) context in Iraq, especially with regard to IEDs and semi-permissive environments is desired
  • Experience working with the political and social context in Iraq is desired
  • Understanding of UN mine action programmes, policies, and coordination mechanisms desired
Language:
  • Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) is required
  • Fluency in Arabic (reading, writing and speaking) is desired
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International ICA Agreement (I-ICA) - Lump-sum contract type
Contract level: ICS-11 (IICA-3)
Contract duration: 3 months 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

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.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-28

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