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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Kathmandu
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-08

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UN Women: Communication for Development (C4D) Officer (Open for Nepali citizens only)

Kathmandu (Nepal)

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Under the framework of the forthcoming Nepal Country Office Strategic Note (SN) 2018-2022, UN Women recognizes social norm change as a critical development priority and is adopting Communications for Development (C4D) as its approach to mobilizing awareness and action in challenging the beliefs and social practices which underlie gender inequality in Nepal. Beyond the organizational effectiveness of ensuring corporate visibility, communications will serve as a platform on which to ground programming for sustainable development results. This will require that the Country Office increase expertise in C4D methodologies to enable deeper engagement with communities where multi-directional and inter-generational dialogues will enhance sharing, listening and understanding as the basis for action and change. Community members will identify problems, propose solutions and act on them, while receiving support from UN Women’s partners at the local level. The strategy for C4D will include a mix of interactive mediums and communications technologies and will use different means such as traditional and modern art forms. This will also enable data generation, which will contribute to overall monitoring efforts and support the measurement of C4D interventions. In building C4D into its programming, UN Women will also work with youth networks, the private sector and media to launch initiatives that promote community engagement, using print, mobile, digital and broadcast media. Given the demographic dividend, the focus will be on young people and their community gatekeepers (religious leaders, traditional healers, and local government officials), using inter-generational dialogues for deeper public engagement. Moreover, the Country Office will leverage existing coordination mechanisms for social norm change, bringing together like-minded development partners with civil society groups, local community members and government officials.

Reporting to Unit Manager (Economic Empowerment Unit), Communication for Development Officer will offer technical support and will help design, form, manage, execute, monitor and evaluate a behavioral change and social mobilization strategy, plan of action, and programme activities to support the overall country programme. This includes organizing the research, development, pre-testing, and production of culturally relevant communication materials; developing and enhancing strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and civil society partners; and developing training materials and activities.

While professional support to advance C4D in UN women’s work in Nepal, Communication for Development Officer will also serve as a Communication Focal Point of the Country Office and allocate 30 % of her/his work to manage, implement and monitor the Country Office’s communications to ensure corporate visibility to both Nepali and global audience at all levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy, programming, implementation and monitoring of Communication for Development:

  • Programme communication strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed for social and behavioural change in support of efficient and effective programme delivery;
  • Culturally relevant programme communication materials for behavioural changes designed though formative research, pre-tested, and produced in time, meeting requirements and quality standards;
  • Monitor and evaluate programme activities and prevaluation reports. Exchange findings, experiences, lessons learned and new methods with partners;
  • Participate in and contribute to the budget planning and ensure the compliance and the optimal appropriation of allocated programme funds.

Partnership building and mobilization:

  • Strong partnerships with community groups, leaders, media and other partners in the community and civil society developed and enhanced to promote participation in social and behavioural changes supportive of programme goals;
  • Effective training materials and activities organized, developed and implemented to build capacity in participatory and behaviour communication with partners and at various government levels;
  • Provide effective coordination and technical support to government counterparts and other partners in the development and strategic use of communication for social development;
  • Contribute to office wide effort on resource mobilization.

Inter-agency coordination:

  • Provide programme support to the UN Women Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities;
  • Provide inputs for the country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar exercises related to the RC system by ensuring that gender concerns are clearly reflected;
  • Contribute to CCA/ UNDAF processes and other documents by collecting substantive inputs form the Programme Unit and analyzing and researching the political, social and economic situation in the region;
  • Synthesize analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women´s program experiences (stand-alone and joint programme initiatives) in support of UN women inter-agency coordination role.

Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management:

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, supports the establishment of GEWE advocacy networks for social norm change at the national and district levels;
  • Support relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners;
  • Collects knowledge on current and emerging trends by gathering relevant information on programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices;
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Strategic communication for corporate visibility:

  • Human interest stories, videos and briefs showcasing the impact of UN Women's work on the ground are developed in collaboration with programme colleagues and thematic leads to enhance UN Women's corporate visibility and resource mobilization efforts;
  • Ensure a link to global campaigns such as UNiTE and Planet 50:50;
  • Lead the development of the design and maintenance of the office web sites and social media platforms including the NCO facebook page and Tweeter, based on corporate requirements in cooperation with ICT staff;
  • Develop and fill the contents of the NCO web sites and other social media platforms, ensuring consistency of materials;
  • Prepare, coordinate and report visiting missions, including preparation of communication materials, briefing materials and mission reports/mission briefs;
  • Preparation of speeches, talking points and briefing notes with support of programme colleagues;
  • Expand and strengthen the production of NCO’s communication efforts in Nepali;
  • Other relevant work as requested by the supervisor.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans;
  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners;
  • Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives both in English and Nepali.

Competencies

Core Values: 

  • Respect for Diversity 
  • Integrity 
  • Professionalism 

Core Competencies: 

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues 
  • Accountability 
  • Creative Problem Solving 
  • Effective Communication 
  • Inclusive Collaboration 
  • Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Leading by Example 

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong development/programming skills particularly those that are pertinent to UN Women strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s rights;
  • Ability to support formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management principles and approaches;
  • Ability to maintain networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other international partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to synthesize programme performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.

Technical Knowledge Required:

1. Specific Technical Knowledge Required for this post:

  • Knowledge and demonstrated working experience of communication for development (C4D) programmes;
  • Knowledge of current developments in the fields of: communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, community organization and participation, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions;
  • Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approach in programme development and implementation in programme communication, social mobilization and behavioural change;
  • Knowledge of and skills in programme communication networking, advocacy and negotiation;
  • Knowledge of training/facilitation and impact evaluation of communication intervention;
  • Knowledge of community capacity building and community mobilization;
  • Knowledge and experience in the methods of communication to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form and to listen to and acknowledges others' perspectives and views;
  • Computer knowledge, skills and practical experience, including internet navigation, network, telecommunications and various office applications.

2. Common Technical Knowledge Required:

  • UN/UN Women policy papers, relating to programme communication and programmes;
  • UN Women Global Strategic Plan/UN Women Nepal Strategic Note;
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness;
  • Communication for Development Guidelines;
  • Government development plans and policies.

Required Skills and Experience

Qualification:

  • Master’s Degree in in the social/behavioural sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology) and relevant fields with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research. 

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes;
  • Demonstrated professional experience in managing and coordinating communication for development (C4D) programmes/interventions is a must;
  • Demonstrated professional working experience in the fields of gender equality and women’s empowerment is a strong plus;
  • Technical experience in and demonstrated knowledge on women’s economic empowerment and the barriers to hinder women’s leadership in economic activities are assets;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies, donors and/or civil society partners and stakeholders is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.

Language:

  • Fluency in English and Nepali is essential;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY?

Interested individual must submit the following documents:

  • Expression of interest;
  • Duly completed UN P11 form (blank form can be downloaded from: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/);
  • Applicants are required to articulate her/his C4D experience in application documents.

NOTE: Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Please upload as one attachment of the documents as mentioned above online through this website.

Note: In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous group, LGBTI and persons with disability are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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