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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Minsk
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-28

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Communication Specialist, (NOC), Minsk, Belarus - Open for Belarusian citizens only!

Minsk (Belarus)

Open for Belarusian citizens only! Accountable for developing, managing, co-ordinating, networking, implementing and monitoring an advocacy and communication strategy and associated products and activities on on-going basis with public audiences, with the objective of promoting awareness, understanding, support and respect for children’s and women’s rights, and support for UNICEF's mission, priorities and programmes in the country office/regional office/media hub, and at a global level and those of the UN Country Team.

Open for Belarusian citizens only!

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

How can you make a difference?


  1. Communication strategy: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a clear communication strategy and associated work plan to get children’s issues into the public domain, strengthen political will in support of UNICEF's mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.
  2. Media relations: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of journalists and media outlets covering all media – print, TV, radio, web, photo etc. – and a successful process of communicating and maintaining regular contact and close collaboration with the media to communicate the story of UNICEF's cooperation.

  3. Networking and partnerships: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of individuals, groups, organizations and fora whose support is essential to/can assist in achieving the advocacy and communication objectives. Effective working relationships with the UN Country Team and UN communication counterparts are developed, maintained and enhanced.

  4. Celebrities and special events: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has a well maintained and continually developed contact list of appropriate, nationally-known personalities who have been identified, engaged and support UNICEF’s effort and who actively participate in special events and activities.
  5. Global priorities and campaigns: The Regional/Country Office or Media Hub has an effective process in place for integrating and taking action on UNICEF’s global communications priorities, campaigns and partnerships, disseminating these elements in a locally-appropriate way.
  6. Resource mobilization support; Global and country level fund-raising activities are supported by effective advocacy and communication strategy and activities.
  7. Management: Human resources (the communication team) and financial resources (budget planning, management and monitoring)  are both effectively managed and optimally used.  
  8. Monitoring and evaluation: 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 and activities; results and reports are prepared and shared.
  9. Capacity building and support: The Representative/Senior or Regional Communication Specialist and the country programme team are provided with professional expertise and advice on all aspects of external relations communication as required.

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

  1. Education

Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations.

(Or an undergraduate degree plus at least 12 years of demonstrated professional experience in the field of journalism, communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations or corporate communications.)

  1. Work Experience

Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communication, print, broadcast, and/or new media.

Field work experience (for NO). Background/familiarity with Emergency situations.

  1. Language Proficiency  [ II ]

Fluency in English and another UN language.   

       4.  Competency Profile (For details on competencies please refer to the UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)  

For every Child, you demonstrate…

i)  Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

    ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

•  Communication  [ III ]  •  Working with People  [ II ]  •  Drive for Results  [ II ]

  1. Functional Competencies (Required)

      •  Leading and Supervising   [ I ]              •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts    [ II ]  

      •  Relating and Networking   [ II ]               •  Persuading and Influencing    [ II ]                      

      •  Applying Technical Expertise   [ II ]        •  Entrepreneurial Thinking  [ II ]             


        iii)  Technical Knowledge  

 a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)

Specific, detailed and up-to-date knowledge of:

  • Executive Board and other policy documents. 
  • Executive Directives
  • Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)
  • UN/UNICEF Policy Papers
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines.
  • Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
  • General administrative and financial guidelines.
  • Human resources manual
  • UNICEF communication and other DOC guidelines
  • Communication toolkit
  • Brand Toolkit and Brand Book
  • UNICEF Stylebook
  • Ethical Guidelines on Reporting on Children

  • b) Common Technical Knowledge Required

General knowledge of:

  • Communication management. Knowledge of theories and practices in communication research planning and strategy.
  • Fundamentals for working in various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • Computer systems/applications and network, including internet navigation, office applications, and specifically, interactive digital media.
  • Knowledge of United Nations or other international organizations;
  • Global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
  • UNICEF communication goals, policies, guidelines and strategies.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy to address national and international issues.
  • UNICEF emergency communication policies, goals, strategies.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

    c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

  • Expertise of management, communication strategy and networking.
  • Technical competence in producing content for various media formats – print, audio, video, web etc.
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  • UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions

UN security operations and guidelines.   


View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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