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Communication for Development Specialist, NOC, Temporary Appointment (TA- 364 days), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, #111713

Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-19

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UNICEF Burkina Faso is looking for a qualified Communication for Development Specialist for Ouagadougou Office.

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.


Unicef, for Every Child.


UNICEF promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the Organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give more children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.


How can you make a difference?


Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Communications for Development /C4D section, the C4D Specialist will provide technical support to the Dori and Fada N'Gourma office. In collaboration with the central C4D team and in conjunction with the other sections, the C4D Specialist in Emergency NoC will oversee and coordinate communications interventions.


Specifically, s/he will be responsible for the following missions:
▪ To coordinate communication actions in the context of the emergency in close contact with the emergency committee and the emergency coordinator in UNICEF;
▪ Develop communication approaches and strategies
▪ To support the implementation of behaviour and social change activities with a particular focus on community engagement in humanitarian situations;
▪ Participate in consultation meetings on emergency issues with a particular focus on communication for development issues.
▪ Participate in technical consultations meetings at the inter-agency level of the United Nations (OCHA, UNDP, WFP, IOM...);
▪ Participate in actions to strengthen social cohesion and the culture of peace, including the contribution of communication actions.
▪ Conduct reflections and analyses to strengthen communication actions on the ground, including a focus on cultural factors and social norms
▪ Develop communication media and tools
▪ Establish and support the construction of networks, alliances and strategic partnerships on the ground to strengthen the results of communication interventions.
▪ To train actors and identify communication channels for more effective actions
▪ Participate in field missions (monitoring, supervision)
▪ Make proposals and recommendations for the proper implementation of communication actions.
▪ Provide periodic reports on the state of implementation of communication interventions


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


• An advanced university degree (bac + 5) in one of the following fields is required: Communication for development, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Education, Communication, Public Relations or a related discipline or another relevant technical field.


• A minimum of five years (5) of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: communication for development, advocacy, planning, implementation and monitoring of communication actions for behaviour change and community engagement with a focus on responding to emergencies.


• Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
• Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
• A Fluency in French and English


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 technical competencies required for this post are:


▪ Communication (III)
▪ Teamwork (II)
▪ Achieving Results (II)
▪ Leading and supervising (I)
▪ Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
▪ Relating and networking (II)
▪ Persuading and influencing (II)
▪ Applying technical expertise (II)
▪ Entrepreneurial thinking (II)

View our competency framework at: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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 sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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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