UNV Communications Specialist (campaign and emergency response)
Mission and objectives
The Child Protection Programme of UNICEF Ghana is committed to ensuring that by 2022, girls and boys in Ghana, especially the most disadvantaged, increasingly benefit from an equitable and integrated child protection system that better protect them from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The system is focus on the establishment of effective structures, functions and capacities that can prevent and respond to all child protection issues. It also seeks to integrate the actions of families (and children including adolescents), communities, formal and informal laws and practices together to protect children. To achieve these, strategic investments are made to: i) Bringing relevant policy, legal and regulatory framework in line with international standards and good practices ii) strengthening the capacity of formal and informal service providers actors to prevent and respond effectively to protection issues; and iii) supporting interventions aimed at behavioural and social change among girls, boys, families and communities. Among all children, adolescent girls in Ghana are disproportionately affected by child protection concerns, including exposure to gender discrimination, child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting, sexual violence, unsafe migration and trafficking, among others. The purpose of the proposed UNV assignment is to provide assistance to the Child Protection section of UNICEF Ghana in further developing and strengthening its interventions for better protection of adolescent girls, by working closely with particularly vulnerable group of girls, their families and communities, service providers and other key local and national stakeholders.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF believes that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Within the Ghana Country Office and under the supervision of the Chief, Advocacy and Communication, and in close collaboration with all within the Communication and Advocacy team and all programme sections, the UN Volunteer Communications Specialist will undertake the following tasks: General public communications activities: •Research, draft and edit high-quality communication materials (articles, press releases, human interest stories, fact sheets, quarterly country update newsletters and others) particularly in relation to advocacy campaigns and emergency response •Help in the planning and organizing as well as generating public support for special events and activities to promote Ghana Country Office Priorities, particularly in reference to education, health and nutrition and disability priority areas as well as emergency response •Contribute to the development of key partnership communication and visibility plans •Work with the Chief, Communication and Advocacy to develop a communication plan to support key campaigns within the office. •Create and produce high-quality, creative assets with audio-visual and writer consultants to communicate priority messages for the office. •Support the overall UN in Ghana Communication Group and the implementation of the joint UN Communications Strategy in line with the UN Partnership Framework and UNICEF’s Country Business Plan. Online strategy support: •Assist in positioning UNICEF as a knowledge leader and pioneer in the area of online communication and social media through the development of social media messages, which include relevant photographs/ films and engaging with key influencers •Support the U-Report team with the production of polls and reporting upon outcomes •Assist in maintaining UNICEF’s web photo database by processing and uploading photos and captions (web-based training on web management and photo database can be organized); Advocacy support: •Work with the Chief, Communication and Advocacy to draft a strong advocacy plan focusing on at least one priority advocacy priority for Ghana Country Office. Work with colleagues to produce assets for and implement this plan. Communication support: •Support the Communication team in its day-to-day activities, including but not limited to, contributing to outreach through organizing events and setting up activities (workshops, meetings etc); •Conduct and participate in field visits with programme sections and / or audiovisual teams to produce quality assets, including strong social media posts and work with media •Support with the development and design of branding materials – e.g. UNICEF branded calendars, notebooks etc. •Work with Chief, Communication and Advocacy to support relations with key stakeholders, including social media influencers