Communication Officer (Digital), NO-2, Harare, Zimbabwe #110745, Temporary Appointment -364 days (Open to Zimbabwean nationals only)
The Communication Officer (digital) will produce content for different social media channels, monitor performance and participate in the design and implementation of digital communication campaigns, including online media plans for promotions. The Communication Officer (Digital) will also be responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the online communication strategy with a focus on social media management, campaign implementation and coordination of partners. He/she will support the office in enhancing the impact of its advocacy, improving the visibility of its interventions and those of its partners, and establishing an interactive system through social media, including dialogue with children and adolescents notably through U-Report.
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UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.
The current UNICEF-Government of Zimbabwe Country Programme of Cooperation (2016-2020) aims to support Zimbabwe to sustain and build upon the gains achieved for children during the 2012-2015 Country Programme of Cooperation. The programme focuses on improving the quality of social services, increasing access to services, and helping to build national and sub-national capacities to provide low-cost, high-impact interventions for all children, especially the most vulnerable.
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The Communication Officer (Digital) will produce content for different social media channels, monitor performance and participate in the design and implementation of digital communication campaigns, including online media plans for promotions. The Communication Officer (Digital) will also be responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the online communication strategy with a focus on social media management, campaign implementation and coordination of partners. He/she will support the office in enhancing the impact of its advocacy, improving the visibility of its interventions and those of its partners, and establishing an interactive system through social media, including dialogue with children and adolescents notably through U-Report. The incumbent will support the sourcing, design, production, sharing and archiving of high quality digital media assets developed as part of UNICEF's Global Communication Strategy; supporting the rollout, development and maintenance of UNICEF websites and social media channels in Zimbabwe including U-Report.
The Communication Officer (Digital) will contribute 25% level of effort to support communication and advocacy efforts to build public awareness and knowledge and achieve the mission and objectives of the Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls.
The Spotlight Initiative is a joint programme 2019-2022, between the Government of Zimbabwe, the European Union and the United Nations. UNICEF is one of six recipient UN Organisations under this programme. The others are UNDP, UNESCO, ILO, UNFPA and UN Women. The Resident Coordinator's Office provides overall coordination for the Spotlight Programme within the UN, with UN Women as the Technical Lead.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Implement Digital Communication Strategy
Website Management & Production of Digital Content
Monitoring and evaluation of advocacy and communication materials
Please refer to the attached job description for more information JD_Communication Officer (Digital).pdf
You qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- University degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or a related field;
- A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience in web design and maintenance (including content management systems) including experience in working with social media channels, digital monitoring tools and social media data analysis;
- Knowledge of the Drupal operating system preferable;
- Evidence of social media community management is considered an asset;
- Demonstrated experience with visual design, editing of graphics and photos, and creating compelling content for digital platforms;
- Experience working for a UN agency or an international organisation would be an asset;
- Fluency in English and the local language is required.
- Knowledge of another official UN language is considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are: Formulating Strategies & Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning and Researching & Planning and Organizing.
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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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.