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Chief, Advocacy and Communication, P-5, End Violence Against Children (EVAC), New York, USA Post # 99896 REQ#540155

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Gender-based violence
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-18

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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to 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 all 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.

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.

For every child, hope...

Every year, over 1 billion children experience violence. Childhood violence undermines all other investments in children: in their health, education and development, often with negative lifelong consequences and intergenerational impact. Recognizing the devastating impacts of violence against children, in 2015 world leaders committed to end all forms of violence, abuse and neglect by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In July 2016, the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and an associated Fund.
The Partnership includes governments, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society, faith groups, private sector, foundations, academics and children themselves – uniting their voices, actions and resources in a unique public-private collaboration focused solely on ending all violence against children. In its five years, the Partnership has helped develop and promote the INSPIRE solutions to end violence; enrolled over 30 ‘Pathfinding’ countries; launched an innovative initiative with partners to end violence in and through schools; awarded $57 million in grants to tackle violence against children online, in schools and in humanitarian situations; welcomed over 550 organizations as members; and galvanized those working to end violence through collective advocacy and events including the inaugural End Violence Solutions Summit.

How can you make a difference?

The Chief of Advocacy and Communication is accountable for leading the creation and execution of a comprehensive advocacy and communication strategy, under the supervision of the Director, to maximize GPEVAC’s profile and impact. This position will contribute to the organization’s overall mission by leading a communications team that helps put violence against children more visibly on the global agenda.

The ideal candidate will be a high-energy communications and advocacy leader with a strong track record in strategic messaging and leading high-profile global campaigns for diverse audiences. Experience communicating and advocating for children’s issues, working within the international development sector, and/or a partnership model would be an advantage. S/he will have a proven ability to tactically lead a fast-moving, high-volume communications team with daily and weekly deliverables, while strategically engaging and building relationships with a diverse set of partners, thought leaders and influencers, who can help tell the End Violence story and advocate for sustainable change. 

As a member of GPEVAC’s Leadership Team, the staff member will contribute to a culture of professionalism that emphasizes curiosity, learning, collaboration and delivery.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The staff member will lead and manage a small team to design and coordinate effective, integrated advocacy and communication strategies, through the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages. S/he will work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization, as well as build alliances or coalitions with external partners to drive changes in policy and practice, and secure political and financial commitments to end violence against children.

Advocacy strategy development and outreach

  • Work with End Violence staff and partners to develop partnership-wide advocacy and communications campaigns that leverage research, data, insights and policy recommendations and align with policy priorities.
  • Grow the number of End Violence partners and catalyze a broader movement of governments and organizations taking collective action
  • Work with staff and consultants to create motivating campaign materials such as videos, slide decks, websites, infographics, white papers and social media that inspire audiences to action.
  • Manage high-level events as well as well as the communication aspects of key campaign events and forums, including speaker identification, creation of videos, speeches, talking points, collateral materials, and branding.
  • Identify high-value speaking engagements and equip and prepare End Violence staff, Board and governance members with speeches, talking points, visuals and videos.
  • Collaborate with production teams to ensure smooth, effective messaging and production.

Strategic communication

  • With the Leadership Team and others, develop, implement, and manage a strategic, proactive communications strategy for the organization.
  • Oversee the development of targeted messaging for use across the End Violence network (Secretariat, Executive Committee, partner organizations), collaborating with partners to create stories, narratives, strategies and communication tools.
  • Work with the End Violence communications team to develop messages, fact sheets, web content, outreach materials, press releases, and other content and products to communicate the organization’s mission and value to diverse audiences. 
  • Develop metrics to measure effectiveness of communications and outreach strategies and activities.
  • Recruit and manage communications consultants and contracted communications firms as needed.

Web, social media and brand management

  • Maintain the End Violence brand and identity across platforms and materials and advise stakeholders and partners how to use and leverage the brand.
  • Advance a strong social media strategy and presence that carries End Violence’s core messages and keeps us in relevant policy and programme dialogues.
  • Coordinate with partners across the End Violence network to amplify their work and leverage their social media presence.


  • Identify and cultivate key media that can tell the End Violence story and highlight policy issues to thought leaders and influencers.
  • Develop a comprehensive communications calendar that tracks key moments, messages, policy and communications products and media we wish to target throughout the year.
  • Gather content and human-interest stories for End Violence spokespersons/leadership to talk to reporters about, with a goal of cultivating strategic relationships with journalists, producers and editors.
  • Coordinate with communications staff on handling media inquiries and requests.
  • Help prepare staff and partners for interviews and press events, including media training.
  • Spearhead the drafting of all public-facing materials, including op-eds, letters to the editor, event invitations, blogs and newsletters.

Donor and Board Communications

  • Contribute to production of donor reports and other outreach materials.
  • Work with the Executive Director and other staff as appropriate to create increased opportunities for donors to learn about the changes on children’s violence issues, including the tracking of policy shifts and incidents (positive and negative) across partner countries.
  • Generate routine and ad hoc reports for management and Board/governance bodies.

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Chief of Advocacy and Communication:

  • Robust, integrated advocacy and communication strategies are developed implemented, monitored and evaluated, with SMART advocacy and communication outcomes and/or outputs and clear theories of change.
  • Measurable change for children and young people through the achievement of defined advocacy and communication outcomes and/or outputs at the global, regional and/or national level.
  • Public and private support for the cause of ending violence against children and the Partnership continues to increase, with new strategic partnerships forged and a measurable increase in resources.
  • A clear digital communication strategy with an associated work plan is developed to raise awareness of ending violence against children in the public domain, grow supporter engagement and elevate focus of the Partnership’s advocacy priorities and campaign initiatives, strengthen political will in support of the mission and objectives, and enhance the organization’s credibility and brand.

Achieving these goals will significantly contribute to the wellbeing of children.

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

  • An Advanced University degree is required in one of the following fields: Communications, Journalism, Marketing, International Relations, Political Science, International Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, Economics, or related fields.
  • *A first level university degree (Bachelor’s) in a relevant field, in conjunction with two additional years of relevant work experience in advocacy, campaigning or a related field may be taken in lieu of an Advanced University degree. 
  • At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in advocacy/ campaigning and communication is required, with at least two years at the international level.
  • Experience in leading the development and implementation of advocacy and communication strategies, with clear theories of change, specific, measurable and timebound objectives, and performance indicators. A track record of achieving or contributing to tangible policy change. Proven experience in deploying a range of advocacy and communication tactics based on a clear theory of change.
  • Experience in building and maintaining a network of external stakeholders, and in working with coalitions;
  • Experience in building strong relationships with traditional and social media entities and using media relations and channels to engage public audiences.
  • Experience in leading the development, implementation and monitoring of digital strategies.
  • Experienced and current in digital and social media content and audience trends as well as in managing online platforms and channels.
  • Strong communicator with emphasis on being able to present complex policy ideas in succinct, engaging ways through campaign narratives and creative tactics.
  • Experience in managing a team is a requirement, along with a proven commitment to diverse and inclusive recruiting process.
  • Experience managing a multicultural team is an asset, and demonstrated experience in design and management of projects, including budget management and monitoring and evaluation of results.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies (Required)
• Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
• Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
• Works Collaboratively with others (2)
• Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
• Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
• Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
• Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
• Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
Functional Competencies (Required)
• Analyzing (2)
• Persuading and Influencing (3)
• Entrepreneurial Thinking (3)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

Child safeguarding involves proactive measures to limit direct and indirect collateral risks of harm to children, arising from UNICEF’s work, UNICEF personnel or UNICEF associates. The risks may include those associated with: physical violence (including corporal punishment); sexual violence, exploitation or abuse; emotional and verbal abuse; economic exploitation; failure to provide for physical or psychological safety; neglect of physical, emotional or psychological needs; harmful cultural practices; and privacy violations.
Certain UNICEF positions present elevated child safeguarding risks (“elevated risk roles”) and candidates and/or incumbents may be subject to more rigorous vetting and training. Roles may be elevated risk roles because of significant unsupervised direct contact with children, their data, having a role in responding to safeguarding incidents, or being otherwise assessed as presenting an elevated risk. This position has been identified as not being an elevated risk role.


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.

Your appointment is limited to EVAC, a UNICEF hosted fund. While UN staff regulations and rules, as well as UNICEF policies and procedures, apply to you during your appointment, certain provisions therein may apply to you differently due to the limited scope of your appointment. In particular, you will not be subject to rotation exercise as per the Executive Directive on Staff mobility and rotation (CF/EXD/2015-002) or any revision thereof. In addition, during your appointment in EVAC, you will not be considered eligible for conversion to a Continuing Appointment as per UNICEF Administrative Instruction on Continuing Appointment (CF/AI/2017-002) or any revision thereof. In the event that your post is abolished, the priority granted and other support provided to staff on abolished posts in staff selection processes will only be extended to posts within EVAC and not to other posts in UNICEF.

External Candidates: To secure a UNICEF appointment, you will need to be selected in a competitive recruitment exercise. Upon selection for a UNICEF post outside of UNICEF hosted funds, the period you have served with the UNICEF hosted fund will count towards the calculation of the tour of duty in your duty station and eligibility for a continuing appointment.  

UNICEF Candidates: To return to a UNICEF appointment, you will need to be selected in a competitive recruitment exercise. Upon selection for a UNICEF post outside of UNICEF hosted funds, the period you have served with the UNICEF hosted fund will count towards the calculation of the tour of duty in your duty station and eligibility for a continuing appointment.  

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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