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ommunications Advisor – Generation Equality Forum

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-18

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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.

 

The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the international blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment. In that context, UN Women is convening the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality, co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society.

 

Building on the Beijing 25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, and UN Women’s Generation Equality public advocacy campaign that was launched in May 2019, the Generation Equality Forum will kick off in Mexico in May 2020 and culminate in Paris on 7-10 July 2020. The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.

 

For that purpose, UN Women’s Communications & Advocacy Section, within the Strategic Partnerships Division, seeks to recruit a Senior Communications Specialist to lead the Communications strategy and its implementation for the Generation Equality Forum.

 

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communications and Head of the Generation Equality Forum Secretariat, and working within the UN Women Communications & Advocacy Section, the Communications Advisor will lead and coordinate all aspects of the Generation Equality Forum communications and public mobilization strategy, working in collaboration and through a consultative process with the Generation Equality Forum Core Group.

 
The Communications Advisor is responsible for and ensure complementarity and synergy between the communications efforts around the Forum in Mexico and Paris and UN Women’s Generation Equality public advocacy campaign (including how that relates to the Forum), as these are two distinct but highly connected efforts.
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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.

 

The year 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the international blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment. In that context, UN Women is convening the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality, co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society.

 

Building on the Beijing 25 national and regional reviews and CSW64, and UN Women’s Generation Equality public advocacy campaign that was launched in May 2019, the Generation Equality Forum will kick off in Mexico in May 2020 and culminate in Paris on 7-10 July 2020. The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.

 

For that purpose, UN Women’s Communications & Advocacy Section, within the Strategic Partnerships Division, seeks to recruit a Senior Communications Specialist to lead the Communications strategy and its implementation for the Generation Equality Forum.

 

Under the supervision of the Chief of Communications and Head of the Generation Equality Forum Secretariat, and working within the UN Women Communications & Advocacy Section, the Communications Advisor will lead and coordinate all aspects of the Generation Equality Forum communications and public mobilization strategy, working in collaboration and through a consultative process with the Generation Equality Forum Core Group.

 
The Communications Advisor is responsible for and ensure complementarity and synergy between the communications efforts around the Forum in Mexico and Paris and UN Women’s Generation Equality public advocacy campaign (including how that relates to the Forum), as these are two distinct but highly connected efforts.
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Lead and manage Generation Equality Forum’s communications strategy and its implementation\:

  • Lead the development and implementation of Generation Equality Forum communications strategy.
  • Collaborate with France and Mexico, aligning with UN Women’s communications efforts for 2020, and with relevant UN Women offices to support the design of country-specific communications and media engagement plans for Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and Paris, across multiple platforms and channels, with defined key messages.
  • Serve as the focal point for the coordination with the French and Mexican Governments, as well as Civil Society, on the development and implementation of joint communications and visibility efforts.
  • Ensure global messaging, media placements, interviews and press for Generation Equality Forum, serving as Spokesperson when needed, in consultation with the Forum’s Core Group. 

Lead and manage innovative partnerships and advocacy for Generation Equality Forum\:

  • Identify and undertake coalition-building and partnerships for Generation Equality Forum with global networks and alliances to amplify the engagement and mobilization, in collaboration with Core Group and relevant stakeholders.
  • Engage relevant stakeholders on the priority messages of the Forum, working closely with the Action Coalition Task force targets.
  • Design and ensure public engagement planning around the Generation Equality Forum.
  • Lead communications and support creative engagement around the festival aspects of the Forum.
  • Post- Forum, lead advance communications and advocacy planning in support of the implementation and follow-up of the Action Coalitions. 

Lead Generation Equality Forum public mobilization and engagement, digital platform\:

  • Lead the effort, in collaboration with Core Group, to identify a well-reputed global public mobilization campaigning oriented advertising/ PR company.
  • Oversee procurement processes to ensure timely on-boarding of the company.
  • Supervise and serve as the focal point for the hired company to undertake global public mobilization events in the lead up to Forum in Mexico and France.
  • Ensure successful global public mobilizations through partners and alliances, which covers France, Mexico and satellite countries and other strategic locations, and in partnership with influencers.
  • Oversee the development and management of the Generation Equality digital platform, in close collaboration with co-conveners, ensuring the platform serves as the central information hub for the Forum, in collaboration with France, Mexico and civil society representatives.
  • Ensure sound content strategy of the Generation Equality digital platform, including procurement and recruitment processes, content production, and engagement strategy.
  • Oversee the implementation of Generation Equality offline outreach and mobilization, in collaboration with convener, co-hosts and relevant stakeholders. 

People Management and Reporting\:

  • Lead the consensus building and collaboration on all communications and public mobilization aspects with convener UN Women, co-hosts\: civil society representatives, Mexico, France and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage communications personnel recruited for the activities of the Generation Equality Forum.
  • Oversee evaluation, analytics and reporting of the campaign.
  • Ensure detailed monitoring and evaluation is undertaken during the implementation of the communications and public mobilization strategy, including by external companies.
  • Deliver detailed reporting on all communications and public mobilization activities undertaken for the Forum.  
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Lead and manage Generation Equality Forum’s communications strategy and its implementation\:

  • Lead the development and implementation of Generation Equality Forum communications strategy.
  • Collaborate with France and Mexico, aligning with UN Women’s communications efforts for 2020, and with relevant UN Women offices to support the design of country-specific communications and media engagement plans for Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and Paris, across multiple platforms and channels, with defined key messages.
  • Serve as the focal point for the coordination with the French and Mexican Governments, as well as Civil Society, on the development and implementation of joint communications and visibility efforts.
  • Ensure global messaging, media placements, interviews and press for Generation Equality Forum, serving as Spokesperson when needed, in consultation with the Forum’s Core Group. 

Lead and manage innovative partnerships and advocacy for Generation Equality Forum\:

  • Identify and undertake coalition-building and partnerships for Generation Equality Forum with global networks and alliances to amplify the engagement and mobilization, in collaboration with Core Group and relevant stakeholders.
  • Engage relevant stakeholders on the priority messages of the Forum, working closely with the Action Coalition Task force targets.
  • Design and ensure public engagement planning around the Generation Equality Forum.
  • Lead communications and support creative engagement around the festival aspects of the Forum.
  • Post- Forum, lead advance communications and advocacy planning in support of the implementation and follow-up of the Action Coalitions. 

Lead Generation Equality Forum public mobilization and engagement, digital platform\:

  • Lead the effort, in collaboration with Core Group, to identify a well-reputed global public mobilization campaigning oriented advertising/ PR company.
  • Oversee procurement processes to ensure timely on-boarding of the company.
  • Supervise and serve as the focal point for the hired company to undertake global public mobilization events in the lead up to Forum in Mexico and France.
  • Ensure successful global public mobilizations through partners and alliances, which covers France, Mexico and satellite countries and other strategic locations, and in partnership with influencers.
  • Oversee the development and management of the Generation Equality digital platform, in close collaboration with co-conveners, ensuring the platform serves as the central information hub for the Forum, in collaboration with France, Mexico and civil society representatives.
  • Ensure sound content strategy of the Generation Equality digital platform, including procurement and recruitment processes, content production, and engagement strategy.
  • Oversee the implementation of Generation Equality offline outreach and mobilization, in collaboration with convener, co-hosts and relevant stakeholders. 

People Management and Reporting\:

  • Lead the consensus building and collaboration on all communications and public mobilization aspects with convener UN Women, co-hosts\: civil society representatives, Mexico, France and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage communications personnel recruited for the activities of the Generation Equality Forum.
  • Oversee evaluation, analytics and reporting of the campaign.
  • Ensure detailed monitoring and evaluation is undertaken during the implementation of the communications and public mobilization strategy, including by external companies.
  • Deliver detailed reporting on all communications and public mobilization activities undertaken for the Forum.  
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  • Successful communications and public mobilization strategies for Generation Equality Forum developed, produced and implemented;
  • Coalitions, partners, strategic influencers and global audience engaged;
  • Successful collaboration between convener, co-hosts, and relevant stakeholders on all communications and public mobilization aspects achieved;
  • Generation Equality Forum widely covered by media, social media and across platforms and channels, including online and offline.
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  • Successful communications and public mobilization strategies for Generation Equality Forum developed, produced and implemented;
  • Coalitions, partners, strategic influencers and global audience engaged;
  • Successful collaboration between convener, co-hosts, and relevant stakeholders on all communications and public mobilization aspects achieved;
  • Generation Equality Forum widely covered by media, social media and across platforms and channels, including online and offline.
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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\:
  • Excellent skills in global communications strategies and in building global advocacy coalitions and alliances;
  • Excellent editorial judgment, including ethical and political awareness;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision
  • Excellent teamworking and team leadership skills;
  • Strong knowledge of and affinity with women’s rights and gender equality issues;
  • Excellent writing, editing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States and civil society;
  • Excellent partnerships development, networking, interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent people management skills and expertise;
  • Familiarity with the UN system.
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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\:
  • Excellent skills in global communications strategies and in building global advocacy coalitions and alliances;
  • Excellent editorial judgment, including ethical and political awareness;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision
  • Excellent teamworking and team leadership skills;
  • Strong knowledge of and affinity with women’s rights and gender equality issues;
  • Excellent writing, editing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with government representatives of Member States and civil society;
  • Excellent partnerships development, networking, interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent people management skills and expertise;
  • Familiarity with the UN system.
,Education\: 
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Media, Advocacy or similar is required.
Experience\: 
  • At least 10 years of experience in strategic communications, campaigns, advocacy, at the international level;
  • Experience in developing, leading and implementing global communications strategies and mobilization campaigns;
  • Solid communications experience working across platforms and channels, online and offline;
  • Experience in developing broad-based alliances and partnerships;
  • Experience in writing, editing, content production and dissemination for online and offline audiences at the international level;
  • Experience working in fast-paced communications or advocacy contexts;
  • Experience working with civil society in diverse contexts;
  • Experience working with the UN.
Languages\: 
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.
,Education\: 
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Media, Advocacy or similar is required.
Experience\: 
  • At least 10 years of experience in strategic communications, campaigns, advocacy, at the international level;
  • Experience in developing, leading and implementing global communications strategies and mobilization campaigns;
  • Solid communications experience working across platforms and channels, online and offline;
  • Experience in developing broad-based alliances and partnerships;
  • Experience in writing, editing, content production and dissemination for online and offline audiences at the international level;
  • Experience working in fast-paced communications or advocacy contexts;
  • Experience working with civil society in diverse contexts;
  • Experience working with the UN.
Languages\: 
  • Written and oral fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an asset.
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